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Official Obituary of

Philip Thomas Brown

February 9, 2024
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Philip Brown Obituary

Philip Thomas “Tom” Brown, formerly of Halfway, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024 in Portland, OR.  A private family celebration will be held at a later date.

Thomas was born to parents Philip and Gail Brown April 17, 1971 in Provo Utah. He didn’t learn to speak until he was 2 years old, and when he did, he spoke in paragraphs repeating familiar bible verses that had been taught to him by his family.  He was an overachiever.  When he was around 10 years old, he would wake up all by himself between 4-5am in the morning to trap muskrats so he could skin and tan their hides for a profit. Tom was also an Eagle Scout and had 106 merit badges. He worked tirelessly and happily to make that dream come true.  Tom had insane determination and tenacity!  When Tom wanted something, he gave it 100%, he was truly dedicated. 

In his Utah days he worked as a roofer with several of his older brothers. He later moved to Denver, Colorado and worked with his Uncle Chris and apprenticed as an electrician. He worked for Chris for many years.

Tom moved to Halfway, Oregon in 2018. He later moved to Madras, Baker City, and finally to Portland.

Tom’s favorite color was blue. He loved cookies and sweet treats, but not candy because that was bad for your teeth.  Each person whom he had ever borrowed money from he wanted to pay back.   He loved to go to church and had a special affinity for the police. Tom loved outlaw country, Christian music and Metallica. When Tom told a story he could make you laugh out loud as the punchline was never expected. He loved a good cup of coffee in the morning and believed that the early bird always catches the worm. 

Tom carried around a little pocket Bible and would read it aloud every day.  Eventually he told us it was “time to get back to ‘his tribe as he had a ministry there. He is certainly loved and will always be remembered.

Tom was preceded in death by his Cousin Duncan Crookston; Uncle’s Bryon and Scott Crookston; Aunt Kay Crookston; nephews Joshua Brown, Joseph Brown, and Gideon Brown.

He is survived by his parents Phil and Gail Brown; 7 sisters, 11 brothers, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews, adopted parents Uncle Chris Crookston and his wife Lee and their children.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory, Tom, he asks that you call your family and tell them you love them. Do one random act of kindness and pass it along. Online condolences can be shared at

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