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Hal passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on April 13, 2022, surrounded by his family. Hal was born on December 11,1934 in Sioux City, Iowa, and grew up in multiple areas of the Midwestern United States, with his parents Harold F. and Bernice Brown. Hal attended and graduated High School in Lander, Wyoming.
Hal served his country for three years receiving two awards for Good Conduct and was honorably discharged as Sargent Harold Brown on April 15, 1957, at which time he transferred to the Marine Corp Reserves.
Following his service, Hal used the G.I. Bill to enroll at the University of Wyoming, studying Engineering. It was in college where he met Patricia Mary Cummings. They were married in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 26, 1960, but later divorced in 1982. Following his graduation, Hal went to work for General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut.
At the request of the British Admiralty in Barrow-in-Furness, North Lancashire, UK, Hal transferred to the UK division of General Dynamics to work with a team that would build the Royal Navy's first Nuclear Submarine, the HMS DREADNOUGHCHT. The team was personally thanked by the Queen who expressed her gratitude by shaking everyone’s hand.
After serving a year in England, Hal and Pat decided to move their growing family to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, settling in Bremerton, Washington, where Hal accepted a position supervising the maintenance and modernization of Underwater Weapons Systems for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, until his retirement.
Hal and Pat raised four children, Shannon, Laurie, Michelle, and Michael.
Hal and Mona Rae Lyons met in Port Orchard, Washington, at a professional singles club, where Hal was president. They always felt their meeting was God ordained. They were married New Year’s Eve, 1987. Together they moved to St. George, Utah, in 1999, after Hal’s retirement.
Hal had a passion for the outdoors, boating, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed spending time hiking and biking with his wife, Mona. They were faithful attendees of their church. Hal especially enjoyed the Bible studies as witnessed by the many notes and highlights in his Bible. Hal also enjoyed the company of his pets, especially Mikey. Hal will always be remembered for his compassion, great sense of humor, and his leadership abilities.
Throughout his life, Hal overcame many health challenges, however, cancer metastasized throughout his body and claimed his life.
Hal is survived by his wife, Mona Brown, of St. George, Utah; His son, Michael Brown, daughters, Shannon (Mike) Hamblet, Laurie Nova, and Michelle Navarro, grandchildren, Anthony, Tremayne, Frank, Angel, Stella, and Mary, as well as his great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Wyatt, Sarah, Gabriel, Arielle, Barry, Stella, Sophia, Portia, and Carolyn.
Hal is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Bernice Brown, son-in-law, David Nova, and granddaughter Sarah Mary Ann Brown.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at Red Mesa Fellowship, 95 S 800 E, St. George, Utah.
Family and friends are invited to sign Hal’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com
Thursday, April 13, 2023
1:00 - 2:00pm (Mountain time)
Red Mesa Fellowship
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