Patrick “Rick” Evan Brown, age 71, “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” and passed to his Eternal rest surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rick was born in Charleston, Illinois to John and May Brown on August 26, 1946. He moved to Peoria, IL and graduated from Richwoods High School, class of 1964. Rick enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. He served his country proudly at Charleston AFS, Maine; Beale AFB, California; Taegu, South Korea; Peterson AFB, Colorado; and Falcon AFB, Colorado from 1965 to 1991.He earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Regis University in 1988 and received the Melvin Clarke Academic Excellence Award. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1991.
Rick continued his second career by teaching at Denver Technical College as Program Training Manager from 1991 – 1997. He returned to the defense world by working as a Systems Engineer for SAIC from 1997 – 2013.
While at Charleston AFS, ME; Rick met and married the love of his life, Helen Gammon. They shared over 45 years together. Family was everything to Rick. He is survived by his brother, Bruce (Carna) Brown of Rossville, GA. He was an awesome Dad to his two sons Glenn (Katie) and Brian (Stacy). His granddaughters, Katelyn and Harper brought him great joy. Rick left behind an extended family and group of friends who were precious to him.
Rick was an avid Ham radio operator holding a FCC General Radio Operator’s License and an Extra Class Amateur Radio License. He was past President of the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association and a member of the American Radio Relay League. He had been a Boy Scout leader and was a member of the Air Force Association. Rick was a Maestro’s Circle member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Photography was his passion. He enjoyed Tai Chi and his Tai Chi family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10:00 am at Hillside Gardens, 1006 S Institute St, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Rick’s name to a charity that touches your heart. Hold your loved ones close, smile at a stranger, and do an act of kindness every day.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com