Former City Council Member Doug Brown passed away November 8th at the age of 68. Doug is survived by his wife Mary Neal who frequently attends meetings here at LAD. Doug served our community in numerous ways including on the Board of Environmental Affairs, the Mental Health Center Board.
Doug and his wife Mary could be seen helping with local Civic groups and at Democratic events. If memory serves, Doug was a Delegate to the County Convention for Barack Obama in 2008.
For those of you who would like to say goodbye, services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be at Fort Logan Cemetery.
You can read his obitaury here:
Doug Brown interviewed me for a position on the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2007. I had lived in Longmont for several years, but had not really deeply engaged with the City community prior to this. I appreciated his thoughtful questions and eventual support of my appointment to P&Z.
I thoroughly enjoy the work I do on P&Z and just last year received a unanimous reappointment to Planning and Zoning.
At the time of my first appointment, I was 27 years old and mostly surrounded by folks twice my age at these meetings. While some could have found this intimidating, I drew encouragement from the fact that I had people like Councilmember Brown supporting my Commission appointment.
Doug’s encouragement definitely had an impact on my life.
Through Doug’s support, I have become a more engaged citizen of Longmont, and I am proud to call Longmont my home. I will continue to sit in on Council meetings, and serve on Boards and Commissions for as long as the City will have me. I was even inspired to run for City Council in 2009 (as short lived as that was). There need to be more people with open minds to newcomers like he was.
I want to convey my profound thanks to Doug for making the City a better place for all, and to Mary for her continued work and sharing her husband with us.
Thanks Doug for helping open the door to Longmont policy and politics for me. Your efforts to get me involved in Longmont Civics have made my life fuller and more exciting. I will not forget your influence on the City or me.
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