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Daniel Lee Brown

July 7, 1985 ~ August 1, 2022 (age 37)

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Daniel Lee Brown was welcomed into this world in Clinton, Arkansas by his parents Scott and Tanya Brown, then of Conway, Arkansas, on July 7, 1985.  Daniel died at the age of 37 on August 1, 2022 at his parent’s ranch in Table Rock, Nebraska.

Daniel attended schools in Conway graduating from Conway High School in 2004.  Through his school years he was active in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) at Camp Robinson Arkansas.  Daniel obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the USNSCC which is limited to one cadet per unit and takes years of persistence to achieve. This led directly to his enlistment in the United States Navy right out of high school. His first assignment in the Navy was the U.S. Navy Honor Guard as a casket bearer at Arlington Cemetery.  Daniel was then assigned as Hospital Corpsman for the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, California. There, he was accepted into the training pipeline to become a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC) which he completed so he could serve with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion with whom he deployed to Afghanistan.  His actions during that tour resulted in the award of the Navy Achievement Medal with V device and Combat Action Ribbon.  Daniel then transferred to Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) where he received more advanced medical training through the 18D U.S. Army Special Operations Combat Medic Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Daniel deployed to Afghanistan twice with the 1st MARSOC (Raider) Battalion where he received a Navy Commendation Medal with V device and Purple Heart Medal. Daniel was also trained as a free fall parachutist and USMC scuba diver.  In every way, Daniel was a member of the elite special operations community of service members.  He was medically discharged from the Navy in February 2015 due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The repercussions of this brain injury followed Daniel the rest of his life. 

Daniel met his bride, Kristina Marie Grimes, then of Colorado Springs, Colorado through her parent’s friendship with his parents.  The family always joked it was like a traditional “arranged” marriage of olden times.  They  were wed on October 28, 2009 in California while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. After his discharge from the Navy, they made their home in Dallas, Texas for several years then moved to northern Idaho in September 2020.  They most recently moved to his parent’s ranch in Table Rock, Nebraska in July 2022.

Daniel was one of the most generous, kind, loving people you could ever meet.  He made friends all around the world and was active in many sports and activities.  Daniel loved fly fishing in Montana and never saw water he wasn’t ready to dive in no matter how cold it was. He was easy to love and will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Daniel received Jesus Christ as his savior during childhood and was baptized at Harlan Park Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas.  His faith was reaffirmed here in Table Rock and we know he is now in the company of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We rejoice in that even as we grieve for the future we could have had with him.

Daniel is survived by his parents Scott and Tanya Brown of Table Rock NE; wife Kristina Brown of Table Rock, NE; brother Samuel Brown (Amy) of Reno NV; sister Molly Brown of Table Rock, NE; brother Andrew Brown of Reno, NV; brother Luke Brown of Darrington WA; nephews: Roman and Ezra Brown of Reno NV; niece Esther Brown of Reno NV;  In-laws: Matt and Rhonda Grimes of Colorado Springs, CO; uncle Kevin Brown (Linda) of Duncanville TX; uncle Bryan Brown (Donna) of Conway AR; aunt Robin McDougal (Rodger) of Conway AR; aunt Linda Sherer of Ozark MO; aunt Lisa Capaci of Summerville, SC; and many cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robin and Margie Brown of Conway, Arkansas, Charles and Eunice Mann of Ozark, Missouri and Uncle Mike Mann of Tracy, California. 

Memorial Services were held outdoors on Saturday, August 6 at his parent’s ranch in Table Rock, 71114 626th Avenue.  Services were officiated by Pastor Chris Rohrbaugh of Faith Baptist Church in Pawnee City. The ceremony concluded with full military honors provided by the U.S. Navy, American Legion Post #289 of Table Rock and VFW Post #5289 of Pawnee City.  There was not a cemetery burial at this time. Friends, family, and community were all invited to this memorial service. 

Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska

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