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David Edward Gerard Brown

November 27, 1950 — October 7, 2023

Sun Valley

David Edward Brown, a man of boundless talents and an indomitable spirit, was born on Nov. 27, 1950, in Hungry Hill, Springfield, Massachusetts, to proud parents Scotty and Liz Brown. He was known for his quiet irreverence and dry wit, a true raconteur who wielded words to inspire and immortalize his stories.

Hungry Hill, the "Home of the Irish," held a special place in David's heart as the haven for Irish immigrants, including his grandparents. David cherished his Irish heritage, growing up as the eldest of four sisters in a close-knit family and community. He reveled in playing sports at Van Horn Park, attended Our Lady of Hope Elementary, and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1968. He earned a degree in English literature from Stonehill College. Following his graduation, David's adventurous spirit led him to explore new horizons.

His journey took him west, where he began skiing and mucking around in the outdoors. It was in Breckenridge, Colorado, that he formed a lasting friendship with John and Jean Kearney. After a few years in the front range, he moved to Ketchum. Here, he immersed himself in the local community. A bit of a masochist, he ran competitive marathons and long-distance races, sometimes under intriguing pseudonyms like Radix Malorum and Frank. In the 1980s, long before ultramarathons gained popularity, he ran rim to rim in the Grand Canyon.

David's path intertwined with Nancy's in 1975 in Colorado, leading to their marriage in 1985. Their life took them back to Boston, where David earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College. After welcoming their son Finn, the family relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where David practiced labor law. The family continued to grow with the additions of Connor and Nellie. With a touch of Irish luck, David and his family made their way back to Ketchum in 1993, where he joined Storey Construction.

David was a spirited, loyal and hardworking father and husband, a gifted athlete, a wordsmith, a mischievous rogue and a Rusty Blade. His life encompassed soccer, hippie culture, law, woodworking, marathon running, train hopping, writing, coaching, birdwatching, hockey, serving as an altar boy, skiing and an unwavering loyalty to Boston sports. David had a brilliant sense of humor, and was never one to resist a hearty laugh at a well-timed joke.

Throughout his seven-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy, David's determination was unwavering. He faced bodily challenges, and he did so with grace and gratitude. On Oct. 7, David passed away, surrounded by his loving family.

Memories of David Edward Gerrard Brown will forever enrich our lives. He is survived by his sisters, Patrice, Peggy and Mary. His legacy lives on through his children, Finian, Connor and Nelligan. Nancy Parsons-Brown, his life partner and wife, will forever cherish and miss him.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Julie Lyons, the staff of St. Luke's, Dr. John Steffens, Erik Griffith and the hospice staff. Special gratitude is reserved for Karina Espinoza, an extraordinary caregiver. They also express deep gratitude to the friends in their community who visited David in his last years.

A celebration of David's life will take place in 2024. Those who wish to honor his memory may consider donating to the Campion Ice House of Hailey, Idaho.

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