David Robert Brown was born March 3, 1959, in Redwood City and was only a few years old when his family moved to Santa Rosa. He graduated from Montgomery High in 1977 and went on to Sacramento State University, Santa Clara University and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Through the course of his career, he became a popular figure not only at bank branches but on golf courses and at community gatherings.
Said friend and business-banking client Rod Brownlee of Santa Rosa, “In a roomful of people, when Dave Brown was speaking, even though he was mostly a soft-spoken person, people would lean forward to make sure they could hear what he was saying.”
On the links, Brownlee added, “He was a true gentleman — and a much better golfer than I.”
Brown served for a time as chairman of the Sonoma County Loan Consortium and a member of the board of Burbank Housing Development Corporation. At the time of his death, he was a director of Kid Street Learning Center.
His heartbroken wife, Roni, said, “He certainly enriched my life and I am so blessed to call him my best friend and husband.
“He lived every day with a smile on his face and made the best of what life threw at him.”
Having blended her family with his when they married in 2002, Roni Brown said her husband loved her two daughters like his own and cherished being “Nonno” to grandkids George, Makenzie, Jackson and Alex.
Friend John Dennis, an officer of Northbay Biz Magazine, said it’s hard to believe he enjoyed Brown’s verve just last Thursday.
“We had a great conversation, as usual,” Dennis said. “There’s nothing you could say bad about the guy.”
In addition to his wife and his grandchildren, Brown is survived by sons Thomas Brown of Santa Rosa; Matthew Brown of San Francisco and Patrick Brown of Chico; stepdaughters Megan Linsenmeyer of Rohnert Park and Lauren Graham of Elk Grove; mother Marian Brown of San Jose; father Robert Brown of Paso Robles; and sisters Winnie Brown of San Jose and Lenore Brown of Paso Robles.
Funeral arrangements will be made by Daniels Chapel of the Roses.
Brown’s family suggests memorial donations to Kid Street Learning Center, 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa 95401, or to Schools Plus, P.O. Box 14714, Santa Rosa 95402.
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