Former Quanah resident Doyle Wayne (D.W.) Brown, 62, died of lung cancer at his home in Cedar Creek on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., in Austin. Arrangements are by Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 14, 1949, in Dumas, the youngest of Maudie Victoria King Brown and Oliver Harrison Brown’s five children. During the Vietnam era, Brown served as a nuclear power instructor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and a machinist mate on the nuclear-powered submarine the U.S.S. Gurnard, but was never on direct duty in the Vietnam Theater itself. He was honorably discharged after eight years in the U.S. Navy. After military service, Brown worked as final test supervisor and instructor at Eaton Corporation on the ion beam implanters. He then moved to Sematech/SVTC as a mechanical engineer on the ion beam implanters and other equipment. He served as a volunteer on the Flood Plain Task Force in Austin and as a water quality monitor for Colorado River Authority and at McKinney Falls State Park, where he was the driving force in getting swimming allowed again.
Brown loved to design and build and delighted in sharing his knowledge with others. He designed and built his present home with the help of his wife, son, and brothers. He also designed and built a cedar chest, multiple Bible boxes, kitchen cabinets, and all of the desk and furniture in his home computer room. At the time of his death, he was working on a stained glass carousel horse and an intarsa carousel horse.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Pat.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ethel Butts; a son, Jeff Brown; two brothers, Richard Earl and Carl Brown; a sister, Linda Brown; two grandchildren; and two foster grandchildren.