Bartlett Ronda Brown, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Locomotive Engineer, State Executive, Union Pacific Railroad Executive, and Consultant, made his miles for the final time on August 15, 2000. His final trip was made with clear signals as he was surrounded by all of his family. He passed away the same as he lived - with calm, pride, and dignity.
Bart was born September 24, 1926 to Ronda Bartlett Brown and Katherine Davis Brown in Butte, Montana. He married Margaret Mary Leary on June 25, 1948 in Butte. In September of 1948 he and Margaret moved to Pocatello, Idaho when he became employed as a Locomotive Engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. During their 22 years in Pocatello they raised four children. In 1970, Bart was elected as a Councilman to the Pocatello City Council where he served until January 1971. In January 1971, he moved his family to Boise, Idaho where Bart served the State of Idaho and Governor Cecil Andrus as the Commissioner of Labor. He remained at this job until 1977 where he continued to serve the State of Idaho as Director of Administration for Governor John Evans. In 1980, he and Margaret moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he returned to the employment of the Union Pacific Railroad as Director of Train Operating Practices. He remained in this position until his retirement in August of 1987. Bart continued to work after retiring from the Union Pacific as he served as consultant for Pulse Electronics Inc. until 1997.
Bart was identified as a prominent figure in 1978 and 1979 in the book "Who's Who in Government" for all of his accomplishments while serving the State of Idaho.
Bart enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1944 and was Honorably Discharged in August of 1946. He proudly served the United States in the Pacific and China during World War II. Bart was a Mason in the Portneuf Lodge and was a member of the VFW Post 735.
Bart is survived by his wife, Margaret L.; children, Sharon A. (James) Voegele, Singapore; Karen M. (Matthew) Wilson, Sandy, UT; Barta K. Jones, West Valley, UT; Roby B. (Teresa) Brown, Omaha, NE. His children gave him seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren all of whom loved him and will miss him. He is also survived by brothers, Richard S. (Helen) Brown, Presque Isle, ME; Edward C. (Eleanor) Brown, Laramie, WY; Ronald O. (Vickie) Brown, Seattle, WA; sister, Ronda Margaret Feuerstock, Dillon, MT; mother-in-law, Eva M. Leary, Lincoln, NE; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and oldest brother James D. Brown.
Memorial Services will be held Monday, August 21, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home, 1001 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Innichement will be at the Salt Lake Mausoleum.
Special thanks from the family to the "Angels of Heritage Hospice" for their kind and gentle care for Bart, especially Carol, Sue, Steven, Layne, Ben, Bill, Kris, Dolly, Rochelle.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Bart's name to Utah Heritage Hospice, 515 North Main, Bountiful, Utah 84010; or the Shriners Children Hospital.