Cazzie Brown
1974 - 2017
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Cazzie Darnell Brown
1974 - 2017
"One Pack, One Goal"
Coach Cazzie Darnell Brown went to God's Greater Glory Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the University of Utah Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness. Brown, 43, was beloved husband of 17 years to Heather Elizabeth (Bruce) Brown and father of Bishop, Judge, and Marlo Brown.
He was a graduate of Idaho State University and the University of Utah. Brown taught Physical Education at The McGillis School and Hillcrest High School and was the head football coach at Hillcrest.
Brown was raised in Houston, Texas, and came to Idaho State on a full ride football scholarship, where he played defensive line. As a teacher and coach, Brown was beloved for his leadership development and sense of humor. He recently received The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award.
He is remembered for his deep love of Jesus, his unconditional love, motivation, mentoring, and his never-give-up attitude. His mottos "Make it Work," "Shooter," "Swoosh" and "Sprint" ring in the ears of his players and students.
Along with his wife and children, Brown is survived by his brother Kenny Goines (Char) of Salt Lake City; sisters Champaigne Goines and Dutchess Goines of Houston; father Richard Goines of Houston; mother-in-law Beth Bruce; brother-in-law David Bruce of Salt Lake City; father-in-law Jim Bruce (Micki) of Rigby, Idaho; along with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother Fannyé Goines, brother-in-law Jimmy Bruce and his grandparents.
Gifts to support his family may be made by donating at gofundme.com/coachbrown.
Please email stories of Coach Brown's impact on your life to cazziestrong@gmail.com.
All people in Coach Brown's life are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Hillcrest High School, 7350 South 900 East, Midvale. Guests are encouraged to come wearing Green/Football attire. The service will be streamed live at www.deseretnews.com. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor. Online condolences may be offered to the family and an extended obituary may be viewed at www.starksfuneral.com.
"You can ignite many candles without diminishing your own flame." - Cazzie Brown

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 30, 2017.
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September 30, 2017
Sending my love and support to Cazzie's beautiful family. He was one of my first friends in Chico, CA where we went to Butte College together before he transferred to Idaho State. I will always remember him as a sincere, sweet, solid person with a heart of gold.
Moriah V
September 11, 2017
Coach Brown was a wonderful teacher, coach, and human being. My condolences to his wife and children. He will never be forgotten.
Kayla Nelson
September 5, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. Coach Brown was a great man loved by many.
Krystal Young
September 2, 2017
I didn't know Coach Brown well, he's been my son's P.E. Teacher for the last 4 years at McGillis school and every single time I ran into coach he was the best person of my day, he left an impression on me with simple moments in time.
Brandon Peterson
September 2, 2017
I got to know Cazzie- and Bishop- in the last few years playing sunday morning basketball. Cazzie was a good man and wonderfully nice, supportive person, and Im saddened by his passing. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family,
Will Middleton
September 2, 2017
My goodness Heather, when you told me how phenomenal your husband was, you just barely got started on all the amazing stuff about him. You are an amazing family and I am terribly honored that you shared your love story with me. Wow. Amazing. I so wish I could have met Cazzie. Big hugs. Your families poise and grace during this trying time has been such a moving inspiration.
Lisa Lambert
September 1, 2017
Mr. Brown... I mean what can I say? You're a true champion. I love you so much and you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Thanks for everything coach. :)) Cazzie Strong
Lily Terrill
September 1, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Brother you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Proud of the man you became.
Stanley Thomas
September 1, 2017
You will always be my Brother, Gone but never forgotten.
Stanley Thomas
September 1, 2017
I never had the pleasure to know Cazzie Brown personally. But just hearing his story touched my soul deeply. That can only come from the power and love behind the amazing soul and spirit he had. I believe he had a blueprint for this human experience and he came and accomplished what he was suppose to do. He left his thumb print on numerous hearts and souls ... even those who did not know him. Powerful.
My deepest condolences for the loss of this great man.
May we all try to follow his example of strength, courage, encouragement of others, love for all, kindness, and just plain human goodness.
Love, Light, and Many Blessings to all the family and friends.
Anonymous
September 1, 2017
Cazzie was a man who was a true reflection of His love for Jesus. Always smiling, always giving into the lives of others. Our experience with Cazzie was at Judge many years ago. All these years later he still gave me a big hug and asked how is Josh doing? His concern was not fleeting but genuine. God bless in this difficult time.
Juanita Allen
September 1, 2017
Cazzie welcomed my son on his first day at a new school. He saw the struggle of being a new kid and his positive attitude over that first year lifted the whole family. We will never forget. Our hearts are breaking for Judge and the rest of the family. We are here for you.
Karen Eilbeck
August 31, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have left a legacy of love and kindness that will live forever. You talk the talk and walk the walk. On and off the field you earned respect and admiration from students, family and friends.
David A.Goodwill
Neighbor and friend of your mother-in law, Beth Bruce.

David A. Goodwill
David Goodwill
August 31, 2017
Our hearts go out to Coach Brown's family. He was one of the finest men we've had the privilege to know. RIP, Coach. Thank you for everything you've done for so many young people in our community. You leave behind a legacy of honor, respect, dignity and love.

Mary Phillips and David Pierce
August 30, 2017
Just a brief note to offer condolences to everyone who knew and loved Cazzie like we did. We are so proud of the memories people have to share and the many lives he touched. Cazzie is another young man Gone Too Soon. We will keep his immediate family in our prayers and join our extended family members who are mourning this loss.
Jeanette and Jasper Osler
August 30, 2017
Wow, where do I begin. My heart is broken for the loss of a great man. My son loved basketball and was searching for a new start for an AAU basketball team. He showed up at the Phenom Factory doorstep without an invite but through channels connected to Cazzie. Rather than question his arrival or referral, Cazzie and his assistants openly accepted my son and allowed him to practice with his already established team. My son immediately felt welcomed and Cazzie ensured that the teammates accepted him because the team was bigger than the individual. My son began to flourish and responded to Cazzie's philosophy that personal character was every bit as important as talent and skill set. Cazzie never questioned whether my son belonged. He reached out to us as parents and grandparents to stress that we were valued and that our son was an integral part of the program. Our son was not the best player. He was good, maybe very good - but no more important than any other player or family on that team. Cazzie saw the big picture and he is now in heaven seeing the even bigger picture. Thank you to Heather for sharing your husband and his talents with our family. We will never forget him. He left a big imprint that will forever shape our lives. God bless you and your family!
August 30, 2017
May God's blessings be with all of Cazzie's family and friends. May he rest in eternal piece.
Anonymous
August 30, 2017

To the family of "Coach Cazzie"
I pray that you are comforted just knowing that all around the world his friends and family are lifting you all up in prayer and are asking God, to give all of you His peace, that surpasses all mortal understanding.
Please keep friends close in this time of sadness, and reach out for comfort.
May God continue to Bless and Keep you.
With much love❤from Auntie..,
Dr. Sennie Goines Smith,
in Germany
Dr. Sennie Goines -Smith
August 30, 2017

To the family of "Coach Cazzie"
I know words cannot ease the pain of your loss. I will truly miss my Nephew; He is leaving a legacy that we can all be very proud of. What a great role model he has displayed for his children and all who knew him!
I pray that you are comforted just knowing that all around the world his friends and family are lifting you all up in prayer and are asking God, to give all of you His peace, that surpasses all mortal understanding.
Please keep friends close in this time of sadness, and reach out for comfort.
May God continue to Bless and Keep you.

With much love❤from Auntie..,
Dr. Sennie Goines Smith, in Germany
Dr. Sennie Goines-Smith
August 30, 2017
I will never forget his presence and how he was filled with life! He always had a smile. My condolences to Heather and the kids. It was great having you live across the street and enjoyed the times with the family.
CINDY GANDRE
August 30, 2017
Chris Barrus
August 30, 2017
It's been years big man. I remember the day after we met you started showing up at my apartment behind the coffee shop on campus. We played a lot of PlayStation day in and day out and you always had to be the Astros. I really didn't know you much at that time, but was always happy to see that big smile when I'd open the door. Shine down on us all. Much love-Barrus
Chris Barrus
August 30, 2017
RIP Coach Brown.
Trish, Jody and Elle Whitaker
August 30, 2017
Sorry to hear this, sending love to Cazzie's family. RIP old friend.
Hannah
August 30, 2017
kathy sudweeks
August 30, 2017
Toni Moorman
August 30, 2017
Will always and for ever be in my heart. Cazzie was a great friend and person all in one. May God be with him and his family. I wished I had gotten a chance to see you at earlier my brother.
Victor Guzman
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