Steven “Steve” Donald Brown left this earth too soon on July 18th, 2016. Steve was greeted by his mother in heaven where they spent the next day celebrating her birthday together.
Steve passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was loved more than anyone could have imagined and will be missed by anyone who had the joy of meeting him.
Steve was born in Boise, Idaho on March 3rd, of 1955 to Thomas Albin Brown and Beverly Ann Waitley Brown. He was lucky in that he lived many places throughout his childhood and loved to explore. He has always loved Boise and also reminisced of his childhood days in Vancouver,Washinton.
Steve’s first and lifetime friends were brothers and sister Marty, Sandy, and Vince.
Steve went to a few elementary schools. Longfellow Elementary was one of his favorites. He also attended North Junior High. Steve graduated from Boise High School in 1973 where he was the Boise Band President his senior year.
Katherine “Kitty” was the love of his life and his best friend. They married on August 17th, 1979 at the Boise Train Depot. They had been a couple for 43 years when Steve passed away.
Steve was a Teamster who delivered freight locally and was a proud member of the union. He took a lot of pride in his work and sometimes brought candy to each of his customers just to make their day better. He was known for being a hard worker and very safe driver. He made many friends throughout his career.
Steve had numerous hobbies and interests. He loved music. He played guitar, harmonica, piano, and saxophone. He also had a beautiful voice and sang as he played his guitars. He loved meeting his Dad at Alive After Five to enjoy the music downtown together.
Steve loved games. Some of his favorites were Cribbage, Pinnacle, Password, Rail Baron, and Axis and Allies. Steve and Kitty hosted many card parties and Steve loved to help teach others how to play the games he hoped they would enjoy. He also loved being “the world’s champion.”
Steve also enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, camping, fishing, and dancing. He also was a proud Democrat and volunteered his time to help support campaigns. He loved to travel with his wife Kitty and he always made travel friends along their way.
Steve had two daughters that he loved with all his heart. Steve never missed a parent teacher conference, music recital, or athletic event. He coached the girls softball teams for several years, helped with field trips, volunteered at school carnivals, and was part of the band booster club. He bent over backwards to see his family during his short lunch breaks on busy days.
He was a devoted grandfather to his three grandchildren, two of whom are named after Steve.
Steve never met a stranger. He was a kind, generous, and devoted man.
Steve is survived by his wife Kitty Viker Brown, his daughter Peggy Brown Hess (Patrick, Benjamin, Jacob), his daughter Jody Brown (Lisa, Carson, Jade “Gg”). Brother Marty Brown (Paula, Tommy, Shane, Shawna, Stacy), Sister Sandy Mitchell (Mike, Angee, Zach), Brother Vince Maruska (Misty), Brother in law Joseph “Joe” Viker (Bobbi, Carol), as well as other loved family members including aunts, uncles, cousin, great nieces, great nephews. Steve is also survived by many friends whom are family to Steve and his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, Uncle Donald Waitley (whom Steve was named after), Aunt Florence Holcomb, Aunt Betty Waitley Burnett Maxon, Aunt Maxine “Mac” Porter, Mother-In-Law “Vonie” Viker, and many other loved and cherished family and friends.
The family would like to thank the Mountain States Tumor Institute and Saint Lukes Hospice who helped Steve and Kitty through this time. The family would also like to thank their dear friends who have selflessly helped Steve and his family. A special thank you to Joanie Wake Hardy who took every step of the journey with us and taught us that life is short, love, and let it go.
Instead of flowers, the family has asked that you spend time doing something Steve would enjoy doing with you and think of him.
Services will be on July 24th at 11am at Alden-Waggoner on Fairview in Boise, followed by graveside services at Morris Hill Cemetery in Section C.
1955 ~ 2016