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Merton Warwick Brown, Jr

March 10, 1932 ~ November 24, 2020 (age 88)


Merton Warwick Brown, Jr. passed away on November 24, 2020 in Lehi, Utah. He was born on March 10, 1932 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Merton Warwick Brown, Sr. and Helen Elizabeth McLaughlin. He married Joan Florence Hasselman on August 10, 1957. 

Being known for his kind and loving nature, he made both human and animal friends very easily.  He had a passion for birds that began when he nurtured an injured pigeon back to health.  This lead to him raising pigeons as a hobby.  He built a pigeon coop from scrap lumber.

Merton served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.  After receiving an honorable discharge, He returned to his native Connecticut.

Mert met Joan Hasselman on a blind date in early 1957.  Soon he and Joan were inseparable. By April they were engaged. They were married on August 10th of that year in West Haven, Connecticut. 

Through the G.I. Bill, Mert attended the Hartford State Technical College and earned a degree in electronic engineering. He worked in that field designing medical diagnostic imaging devices.  He spent the last part of his career servicing that equipment.

Mert and Joan became the parents of four children: Nancy, Douglas, Sally, and Kenneth. 

His most important roles in life were that of a being a husband and a father. 

In 1970, he and his family were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mert and Joan, and their two oldest children were baptized members on June 6, 1970. Mert and Joan, and their children were sealed for time and eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 8, 1971. He served in many callings in his church, being a temple worker in two temples in Utah.

Merton is by survived his children, Douglas (JuVene), Sally (Marco A. SantaMaria V.) and Ken (Sheri). Also survived by his 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and his sister Susan Belle McMillan. 

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; his brother, William (Billy) Brown; and his first daughter, Nancy Eileen Brown. 

There will be a private family funeral service on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:00am, with a family viewing one hour prior. Due to Covid-19 guidelines attendance at the services is by invitation only, however everyone is invited to watch the funeral services online. To watch the funeral service scroll to the bottom of this obituary page on Tuesday at 11:00am. The services will remain available to watch for 90 days.

Interment will be at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park.


Private Family Service
December 1, 2020

11:00 AM
Holbrook Mortuary
3251 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Video is available for this event

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