Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown, a longtime community advocate and telecommunications businessman, died Monday. He was 85.

Born in California, Brown and his wife, Carole, moved to Sugar Land and lived there for the rest of his life.

“He was kind of my everything,” Carole Brown said. The Browns first met while growing up in California, when she was in eighth grade and he was in ninth grade, Carole Brown said.

Together, they traveled and participated in many community events. The Browns had been married 66 years, Carole Brown said.

During his time in Fort Bend County, Brown became known for his work on 18 professional boards and 30 community boards. He served as the chairman of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council for 30 years and volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend Education Foundation and Fort Bend Cares, among others.

He was part of the group that helped found the development council in 1986.

Brown became the president of Alltel’s Texas operations when it acquired Sugar Land Telephone Communications in 1993. He served on many telephone association boards.

“He was such a neat guy,” Carole Brown said. “He had so much common sense and wisdom. People would come to him and listen to him for advice.”

Brown had battled with Parkinson’s disease for several years, Carole Brown said.

Family members are still planning a memorial to be held in Fort Bend County, Carole Brown said. His funeral will be in California.

Details are still pending.

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