After a courageous fight for life and surrounded by his loving family, David L. Brown, Sr., age 59, went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2010. Funeral services will be held at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Friday at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Joanna Loucky-Ramsey, Pastor of the Potsdam First Baptist Church officiating.
Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A burial with military honors will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in Parishville on August 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Brown died at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital on July 12, 2010.
Survivors include his wife Linda of Potsdam; his mother, Doris Brown of Madrid; four sons, David L. Brown, Jr. of Clayton, Darrin Brown of Marcy, Shane and Crystal Brown of Ogdensburg, and Dirk Brown of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Todd (Danielle)Youngs of Hammond, and Mrs. Derek (Brandi) David of Ogdensburg; two sisters, Sandra Shoenof Chipman and Mrs. William (Donna) Cuthbert of Madrid; three brothers, Michael and Wife Sarah Brown of Sedona, Arizona, Trevelon Brown and partner KY Bendt of Norfolk and Patrick and wife Emily of Elgin Texas; two step-daughters, Mrs. Eric (Kimberly) Mattice stationed at Ft. Hood Army base in Texas and Stacy Larabay of Massena; two stepsons, Joseph and Amanda Larabay and Mark Larabay both of Lawrenceville; 13 grandchildren, Ryba, Nicholas and Payne Brown of Redwood, Ashley and Collin Youngs of Hammond, Cody-Allen David, Chyanne Brown, Cordell and Arianna David of Ogdensburg, Janesha and Destiney Brown, Connor and Alexis Brown of all of Ogdensburg; and nine step grandchildren.
David was predeceased by a daughter, Melissa Brown who died Dec. 27, 2003; and his father, Donald Leo Brown who died Dec. 19, 1994.
He was born in Potsdam on July 25, 1950 the son of Donald Leo and Doris Wanda (Castle) Brown. He attended Madrid-Waddington Central School and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1972. David served in the U. S. Army from 1968 to 1975 during the Viet Nam Era.
David worked in various car dealerships in St. Lawrence County as shop Forman for several years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 74 of Potsdam having served in several positions including Post Commander for several years, bookkeeper and was also the past County Commander.
Among his achievements, David was awarded the Legionnaire of the Year award and was a community asset by his visits to area Nursing Homes the past several years, bringing treats, smiles and much comfort to Veterans and fellow Legion members. He had been attending the First Baptist Church in Potsdam.
Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.