David Koewing Brown

1931 ~ 2013
David K. Brown passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16th 2013 in Modesto, California. He was 82. David was born to parents Bernard and Jessie Brown in Orange N.J. He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, the former Constance White, daughters Melanie Brown and Colleen Brown. He is survived by son David Brown Jr. of Windsor, CA, daughter Carrie Flint and son-in-Law Charlie Flint of Redondo Beach, CA, son Peter Brown and daughter-in-law Carolyn Sweeney of Las Vegas NV, granddaughter Emily Brown, grandsons Jake Brown, Joey Flint, and James Flint.
David grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. He married wife Connie in 1953 and served in the Army form 1954-1956. He graduated from Upsala College (East Orange N. J.) in 1957 and soon after founded "Readwell," a company specializing in teaching speed reading with increased comprehension to academic institutions and private industry across the United States. He sold the company in 1970 to CBS (Columbia Broadcast Systems) and after staying on to manage the Readwell division moved to California with his family in 1973 to begin a new career in the Life Insurance Business. After spending 6 years in the Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County), he move to Clovis, CA, and from there to Modesto, CA 1986, where he lived until his death. He spent 24 years in the life insurance industry.
David was a devoted family man. He and wife Connie raised 5 children in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. There he coached youth baseball and served on the Glen Ridge Board of Education. He was an avid "barbershop" quartet singer participating in a number of choruses and quartets over a period of 3 decades. He was a lover of sports and was a member of the Upsala College Golf team. He was a huge supporter of University of the Pacific men's basketball team where his son David and daughter Melanie were graduates. He was especially proud of all his children who all attended college and received their degrees.
He spent the last 5 years with his companion Dottie Zenoni. They reconnected from being friends as young adults after the loss of their spouses and enjoyed numerous trips and cruises over these last few years.
David will be buried next to his beloved wife Connie in Denver, Colorado. A memorial service celebrating David's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to go to the Melanie Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, PO Box 398 HWY 246, Santa Ynez, CA. 9346 attn: Elysia Lewis and to the Sonoma County Family YMCA, 1111 College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

Published in the Modesto Bee on Nov. 27, 2013