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Our beloved son, dad, and brother, William (Bill) Jay Brown, went home to his Heavenly Father on December 31, 2018. He was 47 years old.

Bill was born April 18, 1971 to Rick and Chris Brown in Lubbock. Three short years later, he became a proud brother to little sister Melissa. Bill attended Raintree Christian Church during his youth. He accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized in 1983. He attended school in Lubbock graduating from Monterey High School in 1989. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corp serving stateside and abroad in the Philippines for 2 years. While in the Philippines, Bill experienced the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and was one of the last Marines ”to get on the ship” after the closure of Subic Bay Naval Air Base in 1992. He served his country for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1994. Bill had long desired to pursue law enforcement and soon went to work as a police officer for the Roswell Police Department. Bill served 20 distinguished years for the Roswell Police, retiring at the rank of Commander. He was anxious to get back to Texas as Lubbock was home. Bill accepted an opportunity to work as the Emergency Preparedness Manager for the State of Texas. He had recently been promoted to Program Manager for his department.

Bill loved life, loved his country, and enjoyed serving his fellow man. He loved hunting and fishing but most of his time here with us was spent serving others. His greatest source of pride were his children, son Morgan (19) of Artesia, New Mexico and daughter Mykayla (11) of Lubbock. His hopes, desires, and actions were always concentrated on the benefit and betterment of Morgan and Mykayla.

Bill will be forever missed, loved, and appreciated. Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Rickey and Chris Brown; son, Morgan Brown; daughter, Mykayla Brown; sister, Melissa Collier and husband, Scott and their children Campbell and Will; grandmother, Doris Brown; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and cherished friends.

Services for Bill will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Church of Christ in Lubbock, TX, with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery. The family will hold a visitation, January 3, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Texas Boys Ranch


19 thoughts on “Bill Brown”

  1. Kimberly Wolboldt, MD

    Bill brought energy, professionalism, and kindness to work with him every day at the state health department (DSHS). He is already greatly missed by all in Public Health Region 1. Our thoughts are with his children, who were his life, and the rest of his family, who have lost a good man way too early. We were so lucky to have him.

  2. Bill was quite a character. I met him over 20 yrs ago one day at the bowling ally here in Roswell and we have been good friends ever since. It was about 2 weeks before he went to the police academy and he was so excited to become a police officer!
    He has many many friends here in Roswell who loved him and will miss him and his spit fire attitude dearly.
    I’m lifting his family and children up in prayer that God gives them the much needed comfort and peace that they will need now and in the days to come.
    I’m gonna miss you Bill but I know that we will see you again in heaven but until then, keep watch over all us.

  3. Chuck and Marla Haydon

    My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes to Bill’s entire family. Bill impacted my life in more ways than one. I am so glad he was a part of our life. Love him and each of you very much. God has his plan even though we can’t understand the whys at this time. Just grateful we will see him again.

  4. MAURICE CATANO or just Moe

    What a shock! From my rookie to my SWAT supervisor, and friend. May GOD bless all of you.

  5. Prayers for your family. Going to miss your ideas, thoughts, and laughter. You are gone far too soon.

  6. I will miss Bill. I worked Adult probation and he and I had many cases together. I had so much fun and have so many memories with Bill. He was a good man, terrific officer and loved his kids! My sincerest condolences to his family. Godspeed Bill, love ya brother.

  7. Christy Hennigan

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Billy’s family and friends. May God give you the comfort and strength to handle this difficult time and may he Rest In Peace in God’s sovereign hands.

  8. Such a loss to the emergency preparedness and public health community. Prayers for Bill’s family and friends to find peace and comfort during this time.

  9. Terry Davis RPD) Retired.

    May the Lord rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the warm sun shine on your face and the soft rain fall on your feet.
    May GOD hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again.

  10. Bill became in instant friend as I began my work at DSHS a year ago. We shared a cubicle wall, so I was able to closely see and hear his kindness and professionalism in the work that he did. I learned so much from him in a short time. The pride he took in his family and his work will not soon be forgotten. His presence is already missed. He was a great leader and a great man. Blessings and prayers of comfort to all of his loved ones.

  11. What a shock to see the news of Bill’s passing. Bill was a very kind, considerate and caring man. He was always willing to help me out whatever the need might be. His influence will remain with those who had the privilege to work alongside of him. Blessing upon his children, parents and extended family in the days ahead.

  12. Thoughts and prayers to Bill’s family from Sheriff Britt Snyder and family. I thought the world of Bill and enjoyed the many years working with him. I just retired from the Sheriff’s Office in Roswell on December 31st. God Bless

  13. One of my first Sergeants at RPD, observed a lot, learned a lot and continued to work with Bill until I left. Wish I could get there in person, my heart felt condolences to the family and Bill’s children who he talked about every day. When I left RPD Bill gave me two pieces of advice for my new position that I used and still remember today. Ty Sharpe (Chief Dilworth Police Department, MN)

  14. Bill, I remember your first day on the job. It has been my great honor to know you and call you friend. Rest easy my brother. Your tour is done and you are 10-7 at your heavenly home. May God comfort your family.

  15. Bill was my last Commander before I retired, he was thoughtful and supportive. He always was available and great at solving problems. From a rookie to a Commander he was my friend. I will miss his laughter and our phone calls. May God be with you during this deep sorrow, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

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