Leonard Laird Brown
July 1, 1950 — June 14, 2022
LEONARD L. BROWN
July 1, 1950 – June 14, 2022
Leonard Laird Brown–dedicated husband, father, grandfather, artist, and educator–passed away from heart failure at Laredo Medical Center on Tuesday, June 14th. He was born to John and Geneva Brown in Evansville, IN on July 1, 1950 and grew up in the nearby town of Mount Vernon.
As a child, he was a Boy Scout, who loved exploring the woods and rivers of southern Indiana with his friends and fishing with his father, John, along the banks of the Wabash River. He and his family attended the Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, where his participation in choir sparked a love of music that would define his professional career and lifelong interests.
He attended Mount Vernon High School and met his future wife, Peggy, in choir practice. After his high school graduation in 1968, he studied music education at the University of Evansville and earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1972. Two years later, Leonard and Peggy married, and their two sons, Daniel and Nathan, were born soon after.
Leonard’s career in education began when he worked as a substitute teacher at various schools in Indiana and Kentucky; however, after he was unable to secure a full-time teaching position in those schools, he relocated with his family to Laredo, TX where he was hired as an assistant band director for United High School in 1982.
When the late nights and long weekends inherent to band directing impinged on his time with his family, he became an elementary school music teacher at Clark and Finley Elementary–this long-lasting career change would bring great satisfaction, the adoration of his students, and the title of “Teacher of the Year'' at Finley. He retired in 2004 after 22 years of fostering his students’ love of music.
Over the years, Leonard also shared his musical passion by playing the French horn for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Orchestra, the Terra Haute Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. These experiences led to a fascination with the mechanics of musical instrumentation and a 15-year side hustle repairing damaged instruments for both Laredo school districts. This interest bloomed into a fervent hobby through which he built and sold over 30 instruments, specifically natural horns. Because of his expertise and craftsmanship, he received many honors for his work.
Despite his achievements as a teacher and horn builder, Leonard was most proud of his role as a loving, committed family man. As a parent, he sought to instill in his sons, Daniel and Nathan, an appreciation for a wide array of music, a love of nature, a penchant for pranks, and an understanding that nothing matters more than being an attentive father. Daniel, Leonard’s oldest son, inherited his teaching gene and has worked as an educator for 22 years. His younger son Nathan learned by example how to be a present, doting, and compassionate father to his own two boys, Ilán and Joaquín.
Leonard is survived by his sister Sydney Joyce Van Scyoc; his wife Peggy Brown; his sons Daniel and Nathan Brown; his daughter-in-law Florinda Brown; his grandchildren Ilán and Joaquín Brown; his nephews Russell Brown and Scott Van Scyoc; his niece Sandra Van Scyoc; his brothers-in-law Charles Raymond King, Gerald Floyd King, Randall Wayne King, Dennis Wayne Emory, Dennis Nettles, Brian Rice, Randy Alsop; and sisters-in-law Vivian Brown, Linda Lou Quiseng, Mary Eleanor Forenz, Catherine Joyce Emory, Georgia Lynn Nettles, Jeanie Gayle Rice, Janet Sue Alsop, Marsha Lynn King, and Melody King.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Geneva Brown; his brother Roger Brown; his mother-in-law Irma Louise King; his father-in-law Charles Claybourne King; his brothers-in-law Richard Allen King, James Lloyd King, Jim Van Scyoc, Benny Quiseng, and Harry Forenz; and his sisters-in-law Wilma King and Ferris King.
A private memorial will be held at an undisclosed location in Laredo. In his memory, Leonard’s family requests donations be made to the Laredo Center for the Arts.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.