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9/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Obituary: Richard Brown
Richard James Brown
Richard James Brown

Richard James Brown, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Richard was a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was born to Frank and Nina Brown on Feb. 20, 1930, in Douglas, Ariz. Richard lived his adolescent years in Bowie, Ariz. As a teenager, he moved to the Kingman area and helped build the Davis Dam. He then enlisted in the Army and was sent to fight in the Korean War. After the military he began a long career in road construction, which took him all over the state of Arizona.

In 1956, Richard came back to the Kingman area, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Hodges. They married Sept. 15, 1956. They continued to follow road construction jobs with their young growing family. In 1971, Richard and Dorothy open a fast food restaurant called El Taco (later named Senor Taco) and years later bought a Dairy Queen franchise. In 1987 their only daughter, Lori Barkhurst and family became partners in the business. In 1993, Richard retired from the Operating Engineers Union 428. The family-owned business was sold in 2006.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Nina; his oldest son, John Brown; his two brothers, Bill and Jack Brown; and his beloved in-laws, Amos and Arlene Hodges. He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Brown; his children, Frank (Nora) Brown, Clay (Michelle) Brown, and Lori Barkhurst; his grandchildren, John (Lisa) Brown, Mike (Ryan) Brown, Arlene (Tom) Butler, Chance (Tawna) Brown, Summer (John) Boring, Destiny (Nick) Bolinter, Travis (Jessica) Brown, Rachael Brown, Justin Brown, Brandon (Holli) Barkhurst, Steven (Patience) Barkhurst, Nikki Barkhurst, Trenton Barkhurst; 24 great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Tanner; and many nieces nephews and cousins.

Family was always the most important part of his life. Richard will always be remembered for being an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His smile and personality would light up any room and he will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Services for Richard will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 3180 Rutherford St. Graveside services will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Article comment by: Clay Brown

AS a son of Richard Brown how fortunate I was to have a father who not only love all of his children but set the best example for us. Not always for what he did but for what he said. I can always remember the look of disappointment he would give us when we made a poor decision (I made a few). I would think please beat me don't give me that look, Now that he left us a year ago (two days) I miss him and so proud of his wife my mother Dorothy how she has continued to stay on the go and at times eyes fill with tears as she will do the things that dad would always do. A great man a great father and now in the presence of his Heavenly Father I'm sure watching and ready for us to gather with him.

Love ya Dad


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Hatton-Hebb

My heart goes out to you Dorothy, and your children, I know he will be missed tremendously by you as well as the many people who had great love and respect for him. So great is our comfort, knowing you all will be reunited in the Lords due time. I have certainly been blessed to know all of you for so many years. You are all in my prayers.
Debbie Hatton Hebb, Idaho Falls, ID


Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: Sue Patterson Phillips

Our love and prayers go out to Dorothy and family. Our family has such wonderful memories of Bro. Brown. What wonderful man.
Bro. Brown say hi to Dad for us.
Ron, Sue Phillips & family
Ruth Patterson
Pat, Kris Patterson & family


Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Arbutus Atwood Lewis

Was so sorry to read that he has passed. My thoughts are with you all. I had to smile though as I was remembering when I worked for you and how Brother Brown would come in and get the silver dollars all the time, he would always make us laugh, what great memories of you all. :). I'm so sorry for your loss, you're family are in my prayers.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

A life well lived and a man well loved.

We should all hope to be so blessed.

Welcome Home Mr. Brown,

Welcome Home.


Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Danielle Davidson

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I hope Dorothy is doing ok. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Article comment by: Cindy Poling (Criger)

Mr. Brown was also so nice to all of us kids, He always had a smile for you and something positive to say to you. My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family as they go thru this difficult time, May he rest in peace.

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis Cutshaw

What a wonderful and kind man, it was allways a pleasure to run into Mr Brown around town.He was so thoughtful about how I was doing. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family at this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Theone Stewart

Brother Brown was truly a kind gentle teddy bear. He knew how to make you laugh, and smile with his funny little jokes. He had the gift of helping others to feel special . Thank you, Dorothy, Frank, Clay and Lori for sharing your husband and father with all of us for all those precious years. Richard, until we meet on the other side you will be missed! Gordon, Carolyn, Sandy, Theone, Cindee, Mick, Ladd, Max Stewart


Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Leon Holyoak

As a childhood friend of Frank Brown, I was blessed to have spent time with his family, and get to know the good person Mr Brown was. He was kind, caring and gentle, and always had that friendly grin. However, if he needed to get your attention, he knew how to. He set a good example in several ways for me to follow, which will always be appreciated.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Richard's family during this difficult time, and hope they find comfort knowing that I believe Richard earned the blessing to rest in peace. Until we all meet again, God Bless.
Leon, Robyn and Justin



Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lisa Bennett

Sorry to hear about your loss. Love to all of you! Wonderful fun family and lots of food (good) memories.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

Mr. and Mrs. Brown always were (and are) such sweet people. How many years did they suffer all of us hooligan teens at their restaurant? My sincere condolences go to the Brown and Barkhurst families on their loss.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Marsha Goodrich-Berlo

My thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and the children. I always admired Brother Brown and his devotion to his family. He was a quietly extraordinary man.


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Peterson/Thompson

Dick Brown, you were one of the sweetest & honorable men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. You & your family were such a big & important part of my family as I was growing up. All my memories of you are so pleasant. The Lord has a very special place for you & that golden heart of yours. I thank you & Dorothy for being such wonderful people. God Bless you & may the Lord hold your family close as they endure such a great loss. Much love to you Dorothy.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Angie Ellis-Bischoff

What a truly wonderful person and such a big loss for his family. He was always very sweet and loving, even when he was parked across the street watching all of us mess around at work (Senor Taco & Dairy Queen). My prayers and love to Dorothy and all of his family.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Anita Holyoak Gavin

Lots of love to the Brown family. Just keep in mind through this difficult time that you will be with him again. Extra love to Dorothy.

I have fond memories of Richard....always smiling and friendly. Such a nice guy.


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Lance Gavin

I discovered as a teen that Richard was a positive happy person. I never saw him without a smile and he always said something that lifted you and made you glad you ran into him.

Brown Family you are in our hearts at this time.


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Joanna McCumber-Pe�a

On behalf of the McCumber Family I would like to send our deepest sympathies and heart felt condolences. Brother Brown was wonderful person and we all had the pleasure and honor of knowing him and even working for him. Great loss to the Kingman community, however we can take great comfort in knowing he has moved on with our Lord and has much more work to be doing while preparing for the rest of his family to join him. What a sweet reunion I know you must be having with your son John right now. Sister Dorothy Brown we are so sorry for your loss.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Dorothy Ryan

Wonderful Richard, once my father in law, always my father in law and the best grandpa ever. John & I will always remember him with with great love and respect. Love Always, Dorothy & John Ryan, West Jordan, Utah



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