DONALD MACDONALD BROWN - 1902-1971
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Son of Orson Pratt Brown and Elizabeth Macdonald Brown
Donald Mac Brown
Donald's mother died when Donald was just 2 1/2 years old, and he with his two sisters, and , and brother, , were taken by his grandmother Elizabeth Atkinson Macdonald, "Gramma Mac", to Colonia Garcia, Chihuahua, Mexico, where he lived until the Mexican Revolution in 1912 forced the family to leave the colonies during the Exodus from Mexico and came to the United States settling in the Lehi Valley near Mesa, Arizona.
The little family endured many unpleasant experiences in Mexico during the revolution and the journey to Mesa. They were only able to take the clothes they were wearing, everything was left behind. Grandmother Macdonald, at the age of 71, with four young children to care for, arrived in Lehi Valley with nothing but courage and determination to raise these children to be honest and industrious, and to live righteously.
They had a happy home even though the food and supplies were meager. Grandma Mac cultivated a close feeling of unity, love compassion, and cooperation in their family, and toward all their neighbors and friends. This attitude soon made them many friends and they became one of the most admired families in the community.
Donald, although very young, would find work in the neighborhood to help with the necessities, and he commented, "When we work for others we work as if we are working for ourselves."
Donald was very meticulous as a young boy, an excellent student in school and everything he did was commendable. He was given a registered pig to raise in the 4-H Pig Club, and he was most zealous in caring for the animal, then at the end of the project the members from all over the state exhibited the animals at the State Fair and Donald won the medal for first prize.
Donald attended and graduated from Mesa High School where he was an excellent student and very popular with the boys and girls. After high school he had a desire to get on his own and commenced working harvesting canteloupe and lettuce. This he did for a few years, then commenced farming in a small way for himself. He was very successful in these early adventures, and he increased his holdings each year. He moved to the Phoenix area where he formed partnerships with large produce shippers in the area. After many years farming in the Phoenix area he went to Salome district where he developed several thousand acres of land and grew cotton, melons, and lettuce, and also secured and developed a cattle ranch near Salome.
Donald had many friends in his youth and mature life. He had a deep love for his friends and the many people who have worked for him, always willing to help those in need.
Donald Mac Brown married Martha Louise Hall on August 27, 1927.
I think these words by the Reverend Roy I. Smith are applicable to the life Donald has lived.....
A Gentleman is:
Donald lived a full life. He enjoyed life, his family, his friends, and the challenges which came to him, and he met them with strength and courage. He asked of no one that which he would not do himself. He stood fast in defeat and was not boastful in victory. His life was an open book. His memory will endure with us forever.
Donald is survived by LaVern, Donna, Kemper, Judy and grandchildren
Donald Mac Brown and Martha Louise Hall Brown have one son:
Kemper Hall Brown born October 1938. Kemper married (1)Patricia----, by whom he had two children Terri Lynn Brown b. May 1960; and Beverly Ann Brown b. Aug 1961; Kemper and Patricia divorced.
Kemper married (2) Donna Luna; they had three children, Lori Brown (md. Eric Ziedman); and Michael Luna Brown.
Kemper married (3) Toni Lynn. They had a daughter, Stacy Lynn Brown. Stacy Lynn has five children.
Donald Mac Brown died October 30, 1971 in Houston, Harris, Texas.
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"Services for Donald Mac Brown...November 3, 1971" - by Otto Shill. Contributed to this website by J. Duncan Brown, Jr.
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