Kelly Jay Brown


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Kelly Brown

Kelly Jay Brown, 62, son of Crystal F. and Robert A. Brown, died November 9, 2018, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Washington following a short illness. Kelly was born January 31, 1956, in Frankfurt, Germany into a military family which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world spreading his zeal for life and love of family, friends and country.

Having graduated from high school in Ft. Campbell, KY (Go Falcons!) he furthered his education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Kelly’s long and successful career in retail management began when he relocated to Washington State. Upon retiring from that successful career, he started a Home Inspection business providing professional services primarily in King and Snohomish counties.

Kelly was in love with the outdoors and was often hiking with his wife Nicole and dog Buster. His other image of Kelly Brownpassions included fishing, hunting, backpacking, collecting and making knives. Kelly was an avid reader and found great interest in guns and military history. Volunteering with the Forest Service afforded him the opportunity to clear hiking trails for others to enjoy. The Snohomish County Search and Rescue team welcomed him as a member, spending untold hours knowing he was making a positive difference.

image of Kelly BrownHe was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Brown, brother Robert S. Brown, and Grandparents; Jay Brown, Rouie Brown, Jesse Benson and Clyde Scott.

Kelly’s survivors include his wife Nicole Sanchez, sons Staff Sergeant Kyle Brown, United States Army and Casey Brown, mother Crystal Fae Graves, Step Dad, Tom Graves, beloved sister Janice Brown Tucker, step brothers; Mark Graves, Todd Graves and Dave Graves, a step sister Kathy Graves Brown, Aunts; Janice Ortman, Loretta Hetzer, Martha Bentley, Crystal Miller, LeeAnn Booth, Uncles; Ray Brown and Pete Scott. Granddaughter Avery Brown, Nieces Somer Wood, Jill Lawson, Jacque Brown, grandnieces, grandnephews and well over 90 loving cousins that shared in a variety of camping trips and mischievous adventures throughout his childhood.

His friends were like his family and he always welcomed them. His ability to regale and reminisce with family and friends, old and new, created a warm spot in a much politicized world. Neither pretentious or pompous he had many special qualities of significance, too numerous to list. Chief among them was his propensity to be winsome. Kelly was to the end just a great guy to know, to have in your corner, and enjoyable to just hang out with.

There will be a private interment graveside burial where he will rest in peace at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop, WA. A celebration of his life will soon be held to include family and friends. Details will be announced once finalized.

7 Responses to “Kelly Jay Brown”

  • Jo Ann Brown says:

    Kelly, I hope you know how much the boys and I will miss you, your always good advice and your chilled attitude, made you the perfect Dad. You can never be replaced and you will always be in our hearts and thoughts.❤️

  • Ken Grizzle says:

    Kelly,My memories of the few times we shared together will always be special to me. The time you picked Larry and I up at the Neville Bay Boat Ramp and took us to, God only knows where, on Lake Barkley to a secret spot and although we only had an hour to fish. Your expert guiding allowed us to catch more fish in 30 minutes than we had caught for three days prior. Then there was the reunion when you and Rob stayed in Dad’s camper, parked by our house,for a week. I got to see you one other time in Spokane and regretfully missed your last visit here. You will be missed but your memory live on. I hope to see you on the other side. Rest In Peace Cousin

  • Nancy Hicks says:

    Kelly was my student at Fort Campbell High School in 1976-78. He was a “scholar and a gentleman.” One of my fondest memories is of him donning a Santa suit for a group of students from my first period government class to visit a local nursing home. He was so kind to those elderly people — as he was to everyone. I am sad to hear of his death.

  • Bobbie Wakeman Heinrich says:

    This is so sad to hear. He truly was my King. He & I were voted prom King & Queen way back in 1974 at Fort Campbell High School. He was such a sweet, kind soul. He will be missed by many.

  • Sabrina Mcbrayer Alls says:

    I remember Kelly being student council president at FCHS. Always enjoyed his company! RIP MY FRIEND

  • Debbie Russell Rager says:

    I was honored to attend high school with Kelly and wish I had the opportunity to know him and his family in his adult life. Rest my friend you will be greatly missed

  • Janice Ortman says:

    Rest in peace my dear sweet nephew. I love you like my own! In my mind you are the chubby cheeked 2 year old. eyes always looking for
    Mischief. Kelly was smart, handsome and successful. He will always be loved and remembered. I hope his fami!y has comfort in knowing Kelly left a rich legacy.

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