Brown, Dave

February 16, 2018

Dave Brown - age: 51
(March 07, 1966 to February 16, 2018 )
Resident of Ukiah, California

David Brown Memorial
Kathy Brown’s Tribute

We’re gathering your cows today. It’s a perfect day, not too hot, not too cold. The Buckeyes and Manzanita are in bloom, the mountains smell so good! The hills are bright green and covered with wild flowers that look like jewels across the meadows.
As we ride up to “Stetson Flat”, I keep hoping you will be sitting on your horse around the next corner, smiling at me, teasing me about my straw hat. There are so many memories of us all on this mountain. I can’t help thinking about how much you would have enjoyed this day. This is where you loved to be, checking your cows and calves, out where it is quiet and peaceful. It’s hard not to have you here.
Dad’s smile doesn’t come as easy today. He misses his partner! Jim and Don are working hard to put the pieces back together and keep everything going. Ken is broken inside, missing you so much! Judy is a “rock”, organizing us all, and trying to cope with your loss.
We are all so proud of you. You worked hard to develop the genetics and quality in your cattle herd. You were doing what you truly loved to do. Few people can say that in their lifetime. You received numerous awards for your cattle; breeding, showing, and selling your bulls throughout California and the U.S. You and your cattle were highly respected in the Angus and Herford Associations.
You touched so many people through your work and everyday life. We are all heartbroken and saddened by the loss of such as amazing yet humble person. It seems the “good” truly do “die young”. Dave, you had a humble attitude, a contagious smile, the most perfect hug, a great sense of humor, and loving personality. You will be missed by so many people who were lucky enough to be touched by your sweet soul. Dirk misses you so much; work is not the same without you talking sports, telling jokes, and just being a good friend for so many years.
Well, it’s eight o’clock in the evening; just found the last three cows and calves; got them in the corral and loaded in the trailer. Jim’s hauling the cows down the mountain to the ranch. I’m riding your horse and ponying Jim’s horse down the mountain. As I head out of Stetson flat it is quiet and serene. Deer are grazing in the flat, along with a bunch of bull elk, watching me. I watch the sun setting in the bright oranges and reds over the Western hills, and as I look out over the valley floor I see water sparkling as the last rays of sun bounce off the ponds below. As the sun sets I see the darkness of evening on the trees in the dusk. A bright star twinkles to life in the darkening sky above me. If I could have one wish on a star right now, I’d wish that somehow you didn’t have to miss this day. It’s hard riding down this mountain knowing I will never see you again in this world. I know you would have enjoyed this time relaxing as we rode down the mountain together.
The day is over. It’s been long, but we got everything done. I know you would be thinking, “Another best day ever”!
Dave, we all love you and miss you sooo much.
Love Kathy

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