Norman Jack Brown, 84, died peacefully December 19, 2018.
Jack was born April 21, 1934 to Oliver S. Brown and Ada Rose Brown in Liberal, Kansas. After his mother passed away when he was three, his father remarried Doris Thompson who raised Jack, Beverly and later his two sisters, Judy and Vicki. He grew up in Liberal but begged his parents to send him to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After graduating from Roswell he went on to attend the University of Kansas where he met his wife Sharon. At KU, Jack received his law degree and was a proud Jayhawk the rest of his life.
Jack’s legal career spanned over 45 years in private practice with his firm, Boddington and Brown. He was an outstanding litigator and attorney and was awarded numerous honors as a public speaker. As a member of the Kansas City, Kansas Jaycees, Jack served as President and was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America.
Community service was a large part of Jack’s life. He founded the Johnson County Boys Club and served as the President of the Mayors Council on Civil Rights in the 1960’s. He enjoyed serving the communities he lived in – as a city councilman for Roeland Park, a municipal judge for Westwood and as the longest serving city attorney for Fairway, Kansas.
Jack’s passions were his children, grandchildren, Sebago Resort in Minnesota, the KU Jayhawks, fishing, all things sports as well as dabbling at a time in photography and cooking. The family fondly remembers his famous steak with Madeira sauce or better yet, “chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk shakes for dinner night.”
If you could ask Jack where his favorite place in the world is he would tell you Sebago on Round Lake which Jack and Sharon purchased with friends Leon and Marjorie Holmstrom in the early 1970s. Jack helped to make Sebago the “Time and a Place” for our family and so many friends and families. Our fondest Sebago memories include Jack fishing, playing horseshoes, volleyball, organizing turtle races with pari-mutuel betting, and late night card games.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judith Brown Clouston. He is survived by Sharon Brown, his daughter Debbie Brown, son Scott (Jeanne) Brown, daughter, Tricia Beaham, his six grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Parker, Catherine, Aidan and Gracie. He is also survived by his sister Beverly (Scott) Davey of Amarillo, Texas, Victoria Brown of Arlington, VA, as well as his nieces, nephews and their children.
A memorial service will be held Friday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS. A visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. https://www.casajwc.org/