Merril E. Brown "The Shoe Man" Merril E. Brown, 80, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away April 22, 2005 after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born August 15, 1924 in Linden, Utah to Walter Cheever and Maude Knight Brown. On August 17, 1948, he married Barbara Jane Bailey in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Graduated from high school in Burley, Idaho in 1942. He enlisted in the 101st Airborne Para-troopers in World War II. He fought in many battles in Germany and France. He was a guard at Hitler's hideout in the Burchesgatin, Germany. He was honorably discharged, returned home and enrolled at Brigham Young University; later graduating with honors. Following graduation, he opened Brown's Shoe Store with his brother, Newell, in Midvale, Utah. Merril purchased the business from his brother, and operated the store as Merril Brown Shoe Store. With his wife, Barbara, they operated the shoe store until retiring in 1982. Merril served as a volunteer fireman in Midvale for many years. Not being content to "retire," Merril worked as a manager of the shoe department for the Army-Navy Store. Merril loved his customers and they loved him. Anyone needing shoes were taken care of regardless of ability to pay. Brown's Shoes was the meeting place for the other merchants in town on their breaks - world events were discussed and problems solved. He was a member of the Palomino Posse, Kiwanis Club and enjoyed his family as well as golfing, hunting, and fishing. He was an avid reader and always gave this quote: "Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man." (Edgar A. Guest) He was the world's greatest husband to his beloved wife, Barbara; #1 father to his son, Marc Merril Brown; daughter, Becky Brown; grandfather to granddaughter, Jennifer Brown; grandsons, Jesse Lee Brown, Jeremy Jason Brown; great-granddaughter, Gracie Gerrard; also surviving a brother, J. Garth Brown; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by six brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Wed-nesday, April 27, 2005, at 11 a.m. in the Midvale 6th Ward, 8171 So. Jackson St. (250 West). Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment, Utah Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Alzheimer's Foundation.