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Paul Brown

January 10, 1958 ~ June 11, 2018 (age 60)

Paul Ira Brown of Chandler, AZ, 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 11, 2018.  Paul was a kind, funny and generous man who led an unusually full and interesting life.  Paul was born on January 10, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the first child of J.B. Brown and Felice (Goldie) Richau.  After high school in Phoenix, where he lived with his dad and stepmother, Karen (Cooper) Brown, he served in the United States Air Force and then moved to Texas.  There, he met and later married Joy Long, with whom he had two wonderful children, Cassie and Eric.  In Houston, Paul began his career as a securities broker at Marcus, Stowell & Beye, then co-founded the MMAR Group, a bond brokerage firm specializing in mortgage-backed securities.  The MMAR Group had a run of great success before closing in 1993.  Throughout his life, Paul was unpretentious and energetic, a natural salesman with the special ability to instantly connect with anyone he met with his warmth, enthusiasm and humor.  He also had a generous spirit and a restless heart, always on the alert for new opportunities and new friends with whom he could share his gifts.  Paul’s enjoyment of life was intense.  He committed himself fully to his passions, whether at work or at play, and he loved truly and deeply.  He was a big-hearted cheerleader, the first to express congratulations and genuine interest in the happy developments of his friends and family.  Paul spent the last months of his life caring for his recently widowed father, who misses Paul very much.  Paul’s survivors include his daughter Cassie (Kayla) Brown, his son Eric Brown, his father J.B. Brown, and his sisters Dara (Harvey) Gibson, Lisa (Scott Durfee) Brown, Robyn (Mark) Tarity and Dori (Bill) Marinakis, Shannon Brown and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Felice Richau, the mother of his children Joy Brown, and both his paternal and maternal grandparents.  A celebration of Paul’s life will be held in a private memorial with his family at the home of his sister, Dara Brown Gibson, and will include a military procession in honor of his service to his country.  Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.

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