Keith Keith Brown
Keith Keith Brown
  • December 11, 1950 - December 24, 2017
  • San Diego, California

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It is with great sadness that the family of Donald "Keith" Brown announces his passing after a 10-year battle with cancer. Keith died at his home on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the age of 67 with his wife and son by his side.

Keith Brown was born on December 11, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to his parents Elizabeth and Bouton Brown. His father passed away when Keith was 16-years-old. At 18, Keith joined the Navy, and went overseas during the Vietnam war, where he served as a corpsman in the Philippines. In September of 1970, his son Michael Keith Brown was born. After returning from the Philippines in 1972, Keith and his family moved to San Diego.

In the early 1970s, Keith completed his civilian nurse training and started his career in nursing. Keith's encyclopedia-like mind and giving nature helped him naturally excel in the medical field and he quickly became a very well regarded and respected nurse. He worked for many years in the heart catheterization lab at Sharp, where he met many colleagues who became lifelong friends. In the 90's Keith made a career transition to medical device company Medtronic, where he worked for nearly 8 years. In the 2000's Keith returned to the heart catheterization lab at UCSD, where he ultimately retired in 2014.

In 1983, he met the love of his life, Anita, who worked with him at Sharp. The two started dating and their love for each other grew very quickly. Keith and Anita were married in April 1984 and they established their life together, with Anita's two young boys Jon Kollen and Mike Kollen in Encinitas, CA. Anita and Keith enjoyed over thirty three joyous years of traveling, golfing and spending time with their sons, grandchildren and friends.

In the late 90's, Keith was reintroduced to the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ by his two step-sons. This proved to be a turning point in his life - from that point on, God was a driving force for Keith and it played a role in everything he did. Even when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer in 2007, he approached it with dignity and courage because of his deep faith in God. For the last 14 years, Keith has been a member of Horizon Christian Fellowship church in Rancho Santa Fe and has touched many hearts and made many close friends while spreading the word of God.

Keith is survived by his wife Anita, his son Michael, and his step-sons Jon and Mike. Grandchildren: Tamsen and Ruari Brown and Luke Kollen. He is predeceased by his father Bouton, his mother Elizabeth and his brother Randy.

Services will be held on January 6, 2018 at 12:00pm at Horizon Christian Fellowship in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Horizon Christian Fellowship to the API program.