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8/10/1924 ~ 1/30/2013
Vern Brown, 88, passed away on January 30, 2013 from natural causes incident to age.
Vern was born August 10, 1924 in Grantsville, Utah to Joseph Leishman and Mary Toone Brown. Vern was the sixth of nine children.
He is survived by one sister, Gayle Buckwalter. Vern graduated from Grantsville High in 1942. He joined the Navy in 1943 and met his wife to be, Alda Marie Phister, in Oakland California at a U.S.O. dance. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 24th 1945. Vern served a mission to the New England states during the first years of their marriage. Vern and Alda were blessed with ten children: Larry (Elizabeth Low), Jeffrey (Gloria Revill), Randall (Cheryl Williams), Roger (Carol Ann Hinds), Darlene (Richard Lamplugh), Darrell (Holly Anderson), Loren (Danell Paskett), Kevin (Kim Early), April (Brett Wallace), Sheryl (Alan Walker). Alda passed away on October 17, 1987 from cancer. Just prior to her passing, Vern and Alda served a mission to Birmingham, Alabama. He married LaRue Hale Soelberg on October 14th, 1989. Vern loved LaRue's eight children: Jean Didericksen (Paul), Carol Jefferies (David), Scott Soelberg (Shelly), Jay Soelberg (Julee), Laurie Green (David), Kaye Stice (Jim), Lisa Droubay (Mark), Mark Soelberg (Allison). Together, they loved each other's family in amazing ways. Their combined posterity is now over 200 and growing. Vern and LaRue served missions to New York City and Sidney Australia. He worked in sales most of his life, primarily at Granite Furniture, he loved to meet and greet people.
Vern was called to be bishop of the Liberty 2nd Ward in 1958 at the age of 34. Vern had a special love for missionary work as evident in the four missions he served during his lifetime. Vern's parting message to his family is: " I love you and I'm so proud of you - you are my greatest blessing."
Services will be held at the Orem Park 4th Ward located at 725 West Center Street Orem, Utah on Monday February 4th. The funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. and there will be a viewing at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at the Larkin Sunset Lawn at 2350 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, Utah. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial 435-277-0050.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2013
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"Lavern Brown was a giant of a man. We will dearly miss him in our ward and his warm smile and friendly..."
- Richard & Cenia Parsons
"Jeff, so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like he is a fantastic guy. You and your family are in our..."
- Mark & Jody Jensen
"I loved Uncle Vern. He was a great blessing in my families life. My children all loved him. I loved..."
- Gena Jacob
"Darrell and Holly so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family ."
- Ralph and Peggy Graham
"I will miss you Vern! Keep a place for me at the celestial table. Give mom and dad a hug for me. I..."
- Gayle Buckwalter
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