Gary Cay Brown (Buddy), 58, passed away Sunday April 6, 2014. He was born February 8, 1956 in Baton Rouge LA. He lived a full and meaningful life as a modern renaissance man with many interests, fine craftsmanship, and talents. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and coworkers.
Gary was a member of Clear Lake Baptist Church, the NRA, and IBEW. He attended Sam Rayburn High School. Soon after completing an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at San Jacinto College, he went to work at NASA Johnson Space Center as a computer technician, fulfilling his dream of working in the space program. During most of his technical career, he was employed in the petro-chemical industry; first as a carpenter, then pipe fitter, and for many years as an Instrument Technician. For the past ten years he has worked in Texas City at a plant now owned by Eastman Chemical. There he was known for maintaining a count of the turtle population and riding a pink bike, as well as competently preventing and solving many technical problems.
Gary was an adored and adoring father--often playful; helpful with homework; stern if necessary; and always supportive. He enjoyed serving as a Do-Dad for the Girl Scout sailing program; having himself earned the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow. Activities on the busy weekend that he passed included an enjoyable bike ride with his youngest daughter and planning a crawfish boil with his eldest. When his middle daughter was last home from college, they shared one of his finest fishing trips ever.
All aspects of fishing captivated Gary. He enjoyed kayaking; tying flies; lashing nets; making custom fishing rods; boating when he could; and occasionally even catching a fish. Other hobbies included building model train layouts, telescopes, wood working, playing guitar, dominoes, and game nights. His many skills made him quite a good handyman; yet he often found time to read an entire book in a day. He especially liked science fiction and archeology. Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was one of his proudest achievements, and factored in the grand design of meeting his wife. Gary and Linda were married for over thirty-two years. Family and guests in their home fondly recall his solemn suppertime prayers.
He left behind parents Gary Keith Brown and Patsy Cay Brown of Pasadena; wife Linda Shippy Brown; children Cassidy, Victoria, and Cali Brown; sisters Laura Fast of Katy and Tuesday Rouyea Denham Springs, LA; a dozen nieces and nephews, and numerous other beloved family and friends. The family is comforted by the knowledge that when the bright twinkle left his beautiful eyes he went to be with his Savior.
The funeral service celebrating his life was held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery.