Michael E Brown passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at the Millard County Care Center in Delta, Utah at age 51. Mike is proof that miracles do happen. He was born on August 26, 1969 to Ray E. and Beth Maurine Moody Brown in Delta, Utah. Mike was born with a rare birth defect called Arthrogryposis (resulting in under development of muscles, stiffening of the joints and curvature of the spine). This never slowed Mike down. He grew up in Hinckley, where he attended elementary school. He graduated from Delta High School in 1988. Mike attended Delta Technical School where he studied Computer Aided Drafting. He went on to attend Dixie College in St. George, earning his Associates of Arts Degree. He began working at Mid-State Consultants in Nephi, Utah. He enjoyed his time working there and was grateful for the wonderful friendships he made.
Mike enjoyed being a part of the Nephi Community. He was active in the Nephi Lion’s Club and was a member of the Nephi Fire Department. He joined the Nephi Fire Department on December 1, 1991. He served as the Department Secretary. He was still an active member at the time of his passing, an accomplishment of 30 years of service.
Mike was an accomplished oil painter. This hobby garnered him many awards and recognition. His artwork has been displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, greeting cards, the Hercules missile plant and the walls of family and friends.
Mike was honored with the “Rebel Award” from Dixie College, and was honored with the “We Believe in Heroes” award in 1988 at Disney World with his family. In 2000, Mike received the “Golden Key Award” from Governor Mike Leavitt. One of the many highlights of Mike’s life was the honor of being a 2002 Olympic Torchbearer.
Mike is survived by his sister: RaeLene (Rick) Kay of Nephi; brother: Donald (Valerie) Brown of Hinckley; sister: Lori Brown of Fruitland; and brother: Gary Brown of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents: Ray and Beth Brown.
Because of concerns surrounding COVID, a small family Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, November 28 at the Hinckley Cemetery. The Recorded Video of the service is available at https://youtu.be/s-LshRqu-U0