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Dave Brown - October 24, 2009


David Wesley Brown, born July 7, 1934, was Heath “Pete” and Emma Fisher Brown’s sixth child. He died Friday, Oct. 24, 2009 in Wheat Ridge.

Born on the family farm south of Wray, Dave attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse known as the Dry Willow District #97. His fondest memory was riding a horse to and from school. Livestock was always passion of Dave’s and as a youngster he was active in 4-H, raising and showing Herefords.

Dave graduated from Yuma County High School with the Class of 1952 and then went to the Missouri School of Auctioneering. In September of 1956, Dave enlisted in the army and was stationed in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in May, 1958.

In 1959, Dave met and married Laverne Brown. To that union, Laverne brought two children, John and Diana Heginbotham. In 1962, Brenda Lee was born and welcomed into the family.

Dave spent the next 50 years of his life as an auctioneer in Phillips County along with raising his own cattle and running a farm. Dave was a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever, National Rifleman’s Association and the Elks Club. He also belonged to the Eagles and was a 50 year member of the Colorado and National Auctioneer Association. His favorite pastimes were listening to the weather report and the commodities market for farming information.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Emma Brown; step-son, John Heginbotham; sisters, Betty Drummond and Maxine Young; sister-in-law, Rochelle Brown; and brothers-in-law, Ray Drummond and John Erdley, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Laverne; daughter, Brenda Peterson (Jon); step-daughter, Diana Lockwood (Phil); grandchildren, Paul J. Lockwood (Carine), Tonya Weaver (Don), Brian Lockwood, Brittany Jackson and Mitchell Ducker; great-grandchildren, Bryce Lockwood, Anna Grace Weaver, Katerina Lockwood and Karson Jackson; brothers, Clifford of Austin, Texas and Herbert of Cedaredge; sister, Majorie Erdley of Loveland; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Holyoke with Pastor Paul Sung officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice.