Marlin Edward Brown, 91, passed to his eternal heavenly home on July 4, 2021. He was born on a farm in Rule, TX to Calvin Powell Brown and Lillian Ellender (Norman) Brown.
He began his education in Rule, TX, and moved to Los Angeles, CA in junior high, but returned to Rule in 11th grade where he graduated.
At age 18, he married the love of his life, Marie Mullins, on her 16th birthday. People said it wouldn't last. They celebrated 73 years together on December 7, 2020.
Marlin began work with El Paso Natural Gas Company as a mechanic in Farmington, NM. He transferred to the new EPNG field camp in Ignacio, CO for the next 21 years. While in Ignacio, Marlin served on the Ignacio school board, worked for Rocky Mountain Gas Company on his off-hours, and worked from his garage as a TV repairman.
Marlin and Marie bought the Ignacio Furniture Store from Lester Lunsford around 1963. Marlin continued to work for EPNG and ran the store with help from Marie.
His education continued through many life lessons, interests, and hobbies. Marlin enjoyed welding, painting in various mediums, hunting, fishing, gardening, flying, computers, collecting family photos, and he especially enjoyed the mental game of golf. He even created a video on how to play each hole at Pinon Hills Golf Course after he retired. Because of his artistic and welding skills, Marlin visited Bloomfield, NM to study the Bloomfield High School bleachers. After presenting his design to his EPNG superiors for approval, he and other Ignacio men constructed the high school football bleachers after work hours and with financial backing from the Lions Club. After 40 years with the company, Marlin retired from EPNG as the San Juan Division Assistant Superintendent.
Marlin was preceded in death by his grandparents, who he loved dearly, his parents, and three great-grandchildren. He is survived by his four children, Shirley (Robert) Olbert, Minnie Sparks, Jeanette Goley, and Randell (Vida) Brown, his seven grandchildren, Melanie (Eric), Paul (Tawnya), Travis (Michelle), Beth (Donald), Jeremy (Sheena), Jennifer, Melissa (Hans), and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 26, at 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Farmington, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church in memory of Marlin Brown.
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Published by The Durango Herald on Jul. 7, 2021.