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Jimmy Don "Judge" Brown

October 14, 1938 — August 20, 2022

Jimmy was born October 14, 1938, in Coal Hill, Arkansas to John LeRoy Sr and Irene Haney Brown.  Jim was a twin to his sister Jerry Sue White.  Jim met and married his wife of 56 years, Rosemary Wayne Brown, in Tucson, Arizona.  After High School Jim went into the Air Force.  He was a jet engine mechanic on the B-52s.  He served with the 92nd Bombing, 325th squadron in Spokane, Washington from December 1956 to December 1960.  He then moved his family to El Paso, Texas where he worked for Boeing Aircraft until February 1961.  Jim returned with his family to Tucson and attended the D.P.S. academy in Phoenix.  He served as a Patrol Officer until March of 1971.  In 1971 Jim and family moved to Spearman, Texas and began farming until 1986 when he became a Deputy Sheriff for Hansford County until 1991.  He ran for office as a County Judge and served in that position until December 2003 when he retired to take care of his beloved wife who became ill.  He moved her to Amarillo, Texas to be closer to her doctors.

On December 2, 2000 Jim was ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church.  He served in active ministry at Sacred Heart, Spearman before moving to St Martin de Porres, Amarillo and St. Hyacinth, Amarillo.  Upon his retirement, August 25, 2008, he began serving at St. Thomas, Amarillo.  He served as the Executive Director of Catholic Family Services.

He will be remembered as a loving devoted husband, “older” brother, cherished “Daddy”, Judge, Deacon, Uncle Jimmy, Papaw, Pop and dearest friend.

Jim devoted his life to the service of others through his public servant roles and as a Deacon.  He never met a stranger and would invite you into his home.  Later in life he became an avid chef, barbecuer and a woodworker.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Rosemary, his parents John Leroy Sr. and Irene Brown, his brothers Teddy Wayne and John Leroy Jr. and a sister Ada Bunch. Jim leaves a long legacy behind.  Survivors include his sons Aaron (Beth) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Eric (Terri) of Guymon, Oklahoma, Kenneth (Lisa) of Boys Ranch, Texas, Kory (Michelle) of Amarillo, Texas and his daughter Qynn (Jerry) of Lubbock, Texas.

Jim had 15 grandkids, April, Brad, Jared, Brandi, Tanner, Matthew, John, Seth, Dalton, Sterling, Swasey, Kiersan, Shelbie, Anthony and Kylee.  Jim had 22 great grandchildren Bryce, Lachlan, Kinsley, Emily, Brady, Isabel, Braxton, Bradi, Clayton, Colton, Warren, Asa, Sadie, Quentin, Ariah, Grason, Preslee, Liam, Ryann, Zaylee, Madelyne, and Bellamae.  He is also survived by his twin sister Jerry “Sue” White of Amarillo, Texas and his dear friend Raenell Gore of Amarillo, Texas.

Jim had suggested memorials be sent to St. Martin’s Catholic Church 1507 N. Adams St. Amarillo, TX 79107.

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Rosary

Friday, September 2, 2022

Starts at 6:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

4100 Coulter Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

4100 Coulter Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

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