Don E. Brown, 85, died May 19, 2011, at Pratt. He was born Aug. 6, 1925, to Charles and Verna Brown in Wellington, where he attended school.


Don E. Brown, 85, died May 19, 2011, at Pratt. He was born Aug. 6, 1925, to Charles and Verna Brown in Wellington, where he attended school.

At age 17, he joined the Coast Guard and served until the end of World War II. Following his discharge, he enrolled in Kansas State College, now Kansas State University, and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He married Jean Worley that year and enrolled in Washburn Law School. After graduation, he worked for two years for a law firm in Council Grove, where he was also a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

In 1955, he moved to Pratt and opened his own practice. Several years later, he joined John Megaffin and established the law firm, Megaffin & Brown, Chartered. He served as the Pratt city attorney from 1960 to 1980. He also had the pleasure of working with his son Stephen, Shane McCall and Matthew Lynch.

Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW, Elks Club, Park Hills Country Club, Kansas Bar Association and Pratt County Bar Association.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and playing bridge. He especially enjoyed a men’s bridge club, of which he was also a member. After some health problems, he abandoned his more active hobbies and became an avid gardener.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a daughter, Donna.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Stephen, Nancy Brown-McClain and husband Steve of Pratt, and Jeff of Austin, Texas; a sister, Cuba Werneke of North Carolina; and seven grandchildren, all of whom will miss him.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Larrison Mortuary with Dr. Dan Ferguson officiating. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice, First United Methodist Church, or Lemon Park Lights in care of the mortuary. Condolences for the family may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com