Max W. Brown, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 11th 2019. Max was born to O. E. and Betty Brown on May 12th 1946, and was the third of four children. He grew up and went to school in Anaheim, CA, where he spent his days surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Before being drafted, he married Cathy McBurney and they had a daughter, Elaina. He went to Vietnam and was part of five major campaigns, where he achieved the rank E-4, worked as a Senior Radio Operator, received two Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal for courageous action during combat missions. Upon returning home, Max dedicated his life to helping fellow Vietnam Vets. He was President of the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program during the Reagan Administration.
He along with 11 others were singled out and asked to visit the White House to recognize their hard work in raising money toward getting a Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall placed in Washington D.C. He also raised money to get a group of Gold Star Moms (moms that had lost a child to the war) to be present at the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Max was instrumental in bringing the Viet-Nam Moving Wall Memorial to Idaho in 2002.
Max married Sandy Reynolds in February of 1988 and a year later they welcomed a son, Wesley. He owned and operated his own business Max Services, a remodeling and repair business for many years. Max served on the Selective Service Board for 20 years. He served, and is a Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapt. 13, Nampa, ID. He did prison ministries for over 20 years. He belonged to the Nampa Rotary Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Working for Veterans truly was his life’s passion.
Max and Sandy found being grandparents a great joy, rarely a weekend passed that there were not at least 3 grandkids spending the night at their home. Poppa Max was the best poppa a kid could ask for; he played baby dolls with the granddaughters, but also would have the little ones helping him out in the garage building birdhouses. They loved every minute of it, both the kids and grandparents. He loved his family very much.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sandy; five kids: Elaina (Eric) Wilson, Scott (Lisa) Hatch, Kim (Brian) Baker, Tisha Salas, Wesley (Stefanie) Brown; sister, Mary (Teddy) Jepsen; stepbrothers, David (Deb) Baumgartner and Craig Baumgartner; and 13 grandkids and 7 great-grandkids. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert and Joe.
We would like to especially thank Dr. Thomas Pintar and also Deb and the group at Davita for all of their love, support and help.
A viewing will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday the 16th at Accent Funeral Home in Meridian, Idaho.
Max will be laid to rest at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 1pm on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. Everyone is invited a Celebration of Life at Ten Mile Christian Church on Franklin Rd from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome to attend.