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Jerrold Conrad Brown (Jerry), 51, of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home on Monday, February 19, 2007. Jerry was born in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 1955 and grew up in the Kansas City area; Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong where he graduated from Hong Kong International School in 1973. While in high school he played rugby and was nominated to attend the American Presidential Classroom in Washington, D.C. Like his father before him, Jerry was active in Boy Scouts and achieved his Eagle Scout designation in 1971. In 1970 he shared honors with his sister when together they were awarded the Carol Bateman Cotillion Cup by the American Club of Hong Kong.

He pursued his advanced studies in Los Angeles, California, attending Pierce College before graduating with a degree in Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance from Northrop University Institute of Technology in 1980. He began his career in the aerospace industry as a technical writer with Hughes Helicopter in Long Beach, before moving to Mesa in 1980 as a Systems Analyst III for McDonnell Douglas. The company was acquired by Boeing and Jerry worked on the Apache Helicopter program as a Senior Tech Writer until health concerns led to his early retirement in March 2006. During his 24 years with Boeing Jerry was awarded numerous professional recognitions for his commitment, dedication and professional conduct by his superiors and peers.

An avid golfer and outdoorsman Jerry spent retirement traveling and enjoying time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 and also the Kennedy's Disease Association, traveling to their national conference in Atlanta and participating in a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

He was preceded in death by his father, William C. Brown of Sun City and is survived by his mother, Ada Mae Brown, Sun City and his sister, Barbara Harris, Castle Rock, Colorado as well as many loving friends at Boeing. A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Faith Presbyterian Church chapel, 16000 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, Arizona. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial tributes to the Kennedy's Disease Association, P.O. Box 1105, Coarsegold, CA. 93614-1105, www.kennedysdisease.org
Published in The Arizona Republic on 3/7/2007.