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Brown, Bert Norman

6/19/1931 â€"


Norman Brown passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016 at age 85.

He began his life June 19th, 1931 as the only child of Louise (Kaptina) Brown and Bert Brown in Clovis New Mexico. The family moved to Santa Fe 2 years later.

Norman grew up in a fascinating time in Santa Fe. He knew many historically important people and documented those encounters in his memoirs.

After graduating from Santa Fe High School Norman was a fingerprint analyst for the FBI in Washington DC. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. Norman was very proud of his military service.

Norman attended The University of New Mexico on the GI bill receiving his Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science in Geology. He was passionate about Geology and was always willing to share his knowledge with others.

Norman met Marilyn "Jean" Dennis in Santa Fe while home on military leave. They married in September 1956.

His career began in West Texas working for Humble Oil company. He advised where to drill for oil for 7 years. Deciding that was not the job for him, he moved his family back to New Mexico and began a new career working for the Albuquerque District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He worked on every major project from the late 60's to the late 80's. Norman retired in 1988 after successfully wearing many different hats - geologist, project manager, mediator, Chief of the Construction Branch, and special assistant to the District Commander.

Norman was an avid wood worker, passionate fisherman, art collector, and always in search of the perfect Carnitas. He and Jean traveled to San Francisco many times, it was their special place.

After retirement Norman and Jean spent their summers in South Fork, Colorado. Later they purchased a cabin at Trout Lakes Fishing Club, in Colorado, where he spent countless hours fly fishing. Always ready to go all in, he learned how to tie his own flies with expertise. Norman loved to invite family and friends to the cabin and share the experience.

He was an expert in knowing where to drill for water in central New Mexico. He consulted with many Water Boards and individuals on where to drill and importantly, where not to drill for water.

Norman made friends easily and maintained those friendships throughout his life. He could talk for hours with friends and family, and he loved to tell stories. He always had a smile and a quick wit showing genuine interest in others. He was a talented, inspiring, and intellectually curious man who will be missed by many.

He is survived by his loving wife Jean of 60 years, daughters Sheri Brown of Albuquerque, Starlyn Brown (Kevin Stroup) of Los Alamos, and granddaughters Madison Bertolin (Bryce) of St. Louis, and Briannna Stroup (Joseph Oliver) of Lubbock.

Norman was preceded in death by his father Bert Brown and mother Louise Kaptina Brown.

Norman was interred with Navy Honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

A Celebration of Norman's life will be scheduled in the Spring.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 11, 2016
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