Judson LaDell Brown, 75, was welcomed into heaven on April 26th after a long battle with bone cancer. LaDell was born on January 26, 1940, in Cherokee, OK. He was active in sports during high school, especially track. After high school, he moved to Manhattan, KS, to attend Kansas State University on a track scholarship. He worked for the Athletic Cafeteria washing pots and pans while going to school. He married Judy G. Huffman on 08/09/59 in Anthony, KS. The second year of college, LaDell “focused on his studies” (his family fondly jokes) and worked at Sager Goodyear changing truck tires.
After four years of college, LaDell spent the next 15 years managing his own restaurants, bars, and supper clubs. Trudy was born on 04/19/62 followed by Mark on 02/12/66. In 1975, LaDell packed up the family, sold the businesses and all of their possessions, and moved to Rimbey, Alberta, Canada. They lived in an original log cabin with no electricity or running water. The kids attended school in Rimbey and loved it, but we don’t think Judy was very fond of 40 – 60 degrees below zero in the winter. In February 1976, the family moved to Jet, OK, 18 years after LaDell graduated from high school. In March 1978, the Brown family adopted 2-year-old Wade. LaDell enrolled in NWOSU in Alva and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in December 1979. He spent the next semester coaching and teaching in Fort Supply, OK. The next few years his coaching and teaching career took him to Keyes, OK, Texline, TX, and Tyrone, OK.
LaDell moved back to Jet, OK, again in the summer of 1985. He spent the next few years working as a finishing carpenter in Enid and Fairview, running a tractor, and was the Secretary/Treasurer for the town of Jet for 3.5 years. LaDell once again “focused on his studies” and obtained a Masters in Counseling in May 1994. The family moved to Grapevine, TX, the fall of 1994 where LaDell taught and coached in the Grapevine/Colleyville school district (high school and middle school) for nine years.
He retired from teaching in 2003. LaDell and Judy loved to travel. In 1975 while living in Canada, they took the family to Hawaii for two weeks in December to get out of the cold. In 1999, they went to Europe for their 40th wedding anniversary. They visited Amsterdam, Belgium, France, and Germany. Since retiring, he has been traveling with Judy in the US, Canada, and Mexico and living in their RV. He spent the winters in Yuma, AZ, Cocoa Beach, FL, and the Valley in South TX. The summers were spent back at the same old cabin in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada. When not on the road, they lived in their house in Roanoke, TX.
LaDell was preceded in death by a son (Wade Anthony), his parents, and a brother (Dennis). Survivors include his wife of 55 years (Judy), son (Mark), daughter and son-in-law (Kent and Trudy Hoffman), sister (Mary Alice Ringlaben), sister and brother-in-law (Byron and LuAnn Morris), brother and sister-in-law (David and Sue Brown), brother and sister-in-law (William and Lila Brown), and granddaughters (Miranda and Victoria).
A Memorial Fund has been established:
Fellowship United Methodist Church
Judson LaDell Brown Memorial – Youth Ministries
101 Trophy Club Drive
Trophy Club, TX 76262