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Richard Burton Brown

Richard Burton Brown, age 50, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away suddenly on May 30, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident while working on a friend's farm.

Rich was born on August 17, 1964 to David and Joanne Brown in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Rich graduated from Leon High School and received a degree in Mathematics from The Citadel in 1986. He honorably served as a Captain and paratrooper in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division for 10 years including 4 years in Germany. Following his military service, he joined Morgan Stanley in Tallahassee as a Vice President Financial Advisor for 20 years.

Rich married his college sweetheart and best friend, Karin Fontanesi Brown in 1988. Rich is survived by his wife Karin; son, Sgt. Joshua Brown; daughters, Emily Brown and Hayley Brown, all of Tallahassee; parents, David and Joanne Brown, of Tallahassee; sister Cathy Brown Boortz of Jacksonville, and a large and loving extended family.

Rich was active in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and The Citadel Alumnae. He lived life to the fullest with a spirit of adventure and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and FSU football. Rich was devoted to his beloved family; a trusted advisor and a treasured friend to many. His kind and loving spirit will be deeply missed and cherished in our hearts.

A memorial mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 624 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 4. There will be a reception in the church hall following the mass. Contributions in memory of Rich may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Elizabeth Chambers of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193,

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jun. 2, 2015.
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