Richard Earl â€œDickâ€ Brown was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Durham, N.C., to James and Margaret Brown, who preceded him in death. Dick attended Durham city schools and after graduation joined the Air Force.
After a brief career, he received numerous awards from his service in Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada. He was promoted to airman 1st class while stationed there. In 1958, Dick was transferred to Walker Air Force Base, where he was later honorably discharged. Dick then went to work for Bell Gas and was employed there from 1959 until present. He was a passionate member of the Elks Club and former president of the Noon Optimist Club.
On April 4, 1969, he married his loving wife Millie Brown, who survives him. He is survived by one sister, Vesta Council of McKinney, Texas. He is also survived by his four children, Michael W. Brown and his wife Judy, of Albuquerque, Kendall and Lori Brown, of Albuquerque, Tobie Fouratt, and her husband E.J., of Roswell, Bob Brown, of Roswell; his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, James Brown and his wife Stephanie, and their sons Cameron and Lucas, of Albuquerque, David Brown and his wife Kacy, and their daughter Landry of Overland Park, Kan., Lesley Brown, of Albuquerque, Cody Fouratt, of Phoenix, Eric Fouratt, of Roswell, and Zachary Brown, of Phoenix.
Dickâ€™s greatest joy in life was his grandchildren. Dick and Millie travelled literally thousands of miles and spent countless hours following and supporting their grandchildren in all their activities. He was an avid golfer and shared many wonderful years with his golfing buddies.
He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends and family. His annual fishing trip was a yearly highlight. He was the strength of the family and will be greatly missed. He has left many fond memories to all who knew him. Special thanks and appreciation to the wonderful, caring staff at Vista Care, especially Jody Rodgers, our new special friend, and Becky, Theresa, Joe, Stacy, Garth, Chris and Andre and Dr. Evan Nelson No services will be held at this time per his request. A celebration of his life will be held with family at a later date.