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Obituary: Gaylen LaMar Brown

Gaylen LaMar Brown

1930 ~ 2007

Gaylen LaMar Brown passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 aftercompleting his life's goal of preparing the next generation with his wife Diane to live and enjoy the blessings of the gospel as did his parents.

He was born Sept. 16, 1930 in Salina, Utah, to Arthur C. And Nona Hatton Brown. Following service in the Eastern States Mission he completed undergraduate studies at BAC (SUU), and BYU before attending dental school in Chicago (Northwestern University). He returned home to Cedar City starting his dental practice in 1957. He enjoyed the association of his staff and patients for 45 years, including 15 years of practicing with his sons.

Gaylen married his life long sweetheart Diane Holbrook in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1961. They raised their five sons in Cedar City. His pursuit of learning and gospel understanding was shared with family and friends. Gaylen appreciated the many friendships that developed from his years of church and community service. His love of gardening and horses brought him many years of enjoyment.

Gaylen was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Rodney A. Brown. He is survived by his wife Diane, sons Robert (Danielle), Dr. Scott (Leah), Dr. Greg (Toni), Tyler (Julie), Dr. Shawn (Teri); brother Dr. Raymon Brown (Nora), sisters Connie Grenawalt (Dee), Barbara Foote (Darrell), Marilyn Watt (Gary), and 25 grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Friday evening Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N 300 W. Saturday's viewing will take place at the Cedar City West Stake from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral services at 11:00 a.m.

The Brown family extends sincere appreciation to Dr. Mark Hansen, Dr. Bruce Hendrix and other caring medical professionals for their loving care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Online condolences can be sent to