Tommy L. Brown collected his final checkered flag crossing the finish line at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73.
Tom was born April 2, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, son of Loyd and Alice (Gray) Brown.
He is survived by his mother; his wife, Judith Maynor Mulvaney Brown; brothers, Jerry Brown and wife Sharon of Mt. Vernon, Jimmy Brown and wife Beverly of Rock Hall, Md., Ernie Brown and wife Patty of Mt. Vernon and Rod Brown and wife Kathy of Fayetteville, Ark.; his sister, Alice Marie “Sue” Brown Mason of Texico; his children and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; his second wife, Linda (Ward Jacobs) Brown; and a granddaughter, Shawna Lee McCombs.
Tom graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1958, and married Shirley Ellen Evans Brown in 1958. Together they had six daughters, Robin Peterman of Denver, Debbie (McCombs) Frankford of Aurora, Brenda Goodwin and husband Harvey of Montgomery, Lorrie Darce of Montgomery, Stephanie King and husband Jimmie of Aurora and Tracy Green and husband Rodney of Poulsbo, Wash. He married Linda Ward Jacobs and she preceded him in death. He married Judith Maynor Mulvaney on June 2, 2001, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon, and she survives in Mt. Vernon along with Tom’s two stepsons, Linda’s sons, Steven Jacobs and wife Ginger and Michael Jacobs and wife Lillibeth, both of San Jose, Calif. Fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.
Tom proudly served in the United States Army from 1958, and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 4, 1964. His training took place at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Hood, Texas. He was stationed in Japan with the 61st Artillery Division and Missile Unit for the Nike Hercules Missile program. He also proudly served on the honor guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He began working for the Burlington-Northern Railroad after the Army and worked in several locations throughout his career. He worked many years as night watchman at the roundhouse, in Aurora, as an inspector and in Research and Development in Chicago. In 1997, he retired from a supervisory position from Burlington-Northern Railroad at Fort Worth, Texas.