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Obituary: Dr. Rodney Arthur Brown

Dr. Rodney Arthur Brown

1926 ~ 2007

Dr. Rodney Arthur Brown died at age 80 from brain cancer. He crossed the finish line Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2007. He was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Scipio, Utah to Nona and Arthur Brown. He was named Outstanding Business student at BAC and received a Bachelor's Degree at Utah State College. He attended Dental School at Northwestern University in Chicago and graduated with honors. He belonged to the Beehive Academy of Dental Practice Administration and was President of the Southern District Dental Society.

During dental school, he met Joanna Palmer whom he married on Aug. 25th 1950. Joanna preceded him in death in 1999. In June of 1954 they moved back to Cedar City where Rod began his dental practice and became involved in many community groups like the Master Singers, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce. Active in the Cedar 2nd ward of the LDS Church, he was Elders Quorum president, gospel doctrine teacher, scoutmaster, counselor and bishop.

He competed in Master Track and Field from 1987 to 2006. During these years he won over 300 medals and was ranked in the top ten by USA Track and Field. He set national and world records in the 400 meter event and with his relay team. In 1999 he was named Male Athlete of the year for the Utah Summer Games and was inducted into their Hall of Honor in 2003.

He was an ambassador for the Huntsman World Senior Games where he held records and was the recipient of the 15 consecutive years ring. On the evening that he passed away he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Rodney and his second wife, Dale (married 1999), were chosen to be torch bearers in the 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Run.

He was a loving, patient, wise, honest man with a wonderful sense of humor and a hungry, inquiring mind. He believed that the most important things one can have are integrity and a good name.

He is survived by: His wife, Dale Terry Brown, his children: Stephen (Sherie), Eric (LuAnne), Marc (Suzanne), Jan Randall (Bill) and Erin L. Ekker (Derek); his brothers: Dr. Gaylen Brown, and Dr. Raymond Brown; his sisters: Connie Grenawalt, Barbara Foote and Marilyn Watt; 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; five step-children, 18 step grandchildren and 18 step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16th, at the Cedar West Stake, 725 S. 1100 W., at 12 noon. Viewing will be 6-8 p.m. on Mon. evening Oct. 15th and Tues. from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the So. Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West. Online condolences can be sent to www.southernutahmortuary.com