Dennis Allen Brown, 73, died peacefully May 7, 2019, at his home in Apache Junction. He was born in 1946 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the fifth child born in a family of nine children.
Dennis grew up in Rathdrum, Idaho, graduated from Lakeland High School and then North Idaho College. He then worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle until he was drafted into the military and served two years in Germany. Dennis worked for several decades in the telecommunications industry, traveling all over the country and globe, ending up in Show Low. He worked for Stromberg Carlson, Contel and GTE.
While in Show Low, Dennis worked for Frontier Communications, supervising the install crews in the four-state region. He was active in the Show Low Lions Club and Elks Lodge. In 1993 he acquired the White Mountain Purified Water & Ice business, which he ran as a family business with his daughter, Suzanne Brown for over a decade.
In his retirement, Dennis moved south to the San Tan Valley and Apache Junction area, where there was plenty to keep him busy since he loved being outdoors. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and he loved boating, hiking, four-wheel driving, motorcycle rides, bird watching and archery.
He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne J Brown and her husband, Brian of Phoenix; grandson Chekori R Brown of Apache Junction, and great-grandchildren Jared and Crystal Brown. He is also survived by his brothers, Larry and Kenneth and sisters Kathy, Patsy and Betty. Dennis is also survived by his beloved partner of the last several years of his life, Merry M Botz, and his additional "family of the heart," her children Tim, Michael, and Loni and their families.
Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Brown and sisters Bonnie, Nancy and brother Darrel.
A celebration of Dennis' life is planned for early June for family and friends.