Obituary: BROWN, DAVID LEON

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 1:36 a.m. MDT

David Leon Brown 1938 ~ 2011David Leon Brown, florist, nurseryman, and wide-mouthed frog, passed away November 23, 2011 at the age of 73. David was born in 1938 to Leon Brown and Leone Hendrickson in Salt Lake City, Utah. Favorite stories from his youth feature the family Great Danes, floral and nursery business, and football at West High School. He served a mission for the LDS church in the central states, where he survived being hit by two cars and chased by one water moccasin. He later graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in history, as well as a number of knock-out wins on the boxing team, and married Beverly Clayton in 1961 in the Salt Lake City LDS temple. David served in various capacities in his church, including bishop of the Bountiful 40th ward, and managed the family business, Leon Brown Floral Company, on the west side of Salt Lake City. He and Beverly had four children and were later divorced. He married Karen Moore in 1986 in the Salt Lake City temple, was later divorced, and married Linda Louise Kienitz in 1996 in the Salt Lake City Temple. In his later years, he worked as a garden specialist at Western Garden Center and enjoyed facilitating stimulating discussions in his High Priest quorum. David had a loud voice, a wide smile, and a big heart. He loved gardening, tall tales, and believed Moses returned from Sinai, not with tablets, but with Diet Coke. David will be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Leone, and son-in-law, Mike Cooper. He is survived by his wife, Linda; brother, Sherman; step-child, Jodi Grant; and five children and spouses: Rose Cooper, Anne and Todd Squire, John and Nellie Brown, Connie and Jared Vance, and Sheri and Mark Swanson. A viewing will be held Tuesday, November 29th, 79 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City, UT, (801) 363-5781. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 30th from 11 a.m.12 p.m., with a viewing from 9:4510:45 a.m. at the LDS chapel on 1400 S. 1900 E., Salt Lake City, UT. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. Please leave online condolences for the family at www.larkinmortuary.com.