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Shawn David Brown

January 29, 1988 — January 7, 2023

Shawn David Brown, 34, of Lompoc, CA, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Shawn was born on January 29, 1988, in Grant, Nebraska, to David and Monie (Stearley) Brown. Shawn was raised in Ogallala, where he graduated from Ogallala High School with the class of 2006. He subsequently graduated from aviation school in Sidney, Nebraska, earning his A and P licensure, allowing him to service private jets.

After college, Shawn moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he worked for West Star Aviation. He relocated to California in 2011, where he met and married Maria Murgueitio on February 14, 2014. Their union was blessed with a son, Derek, born on July 11, 2014.

Shawn loved his family wholeheartedly and lived with great purpose and passion, always chasing the next adventure. He had a gift for humor and connection, often leaving people in tears with laughter.

Shawn was independent and of strong character, mindful and respectful of the needs of others, and caring about how to put his talents to use for his neighbor. At one point during his out-of-town work, he was at a motel, and a couple he had met at a restaurant could not get a room for the night, so he gave them his room, and he went out and slept in the car.

Shawn took great pride and responsibility in everything he did and was meticulous in his attention to detail. Shawn's work was a matter of personal integrity, and this sensibility was stamped on all that he did.

Shawn's care was for his family, and he loved to cook for them. His favorite dish was anything spicy. He also loved fast cars and never hesitated to test the gas pedal.

Shawn was baptized into Christ by his dad on July 4, 2020, at Lake McConaughy. He was raised in the Church of Christ and knew Jesus from the day he was born! "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Cor. 4:18.

Shawn fought a hard battle with cancer, or as he often called it, "the bad guy." However, in the end, the observance of Dr. R.L. Lynn still rings true, "Cancer is so limited... It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the Spirit."

Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hobart and Evelyn (Deal) Brown, aunt Charlene and uncle Joe Starkey; aunt Jo uncle Jim Brown; and a cousin, Amanda Hohl.

Survivors include his wife Maria, son Derek of Lompoc; parents, David and Monie Brown of Ogallala; two brothers, Lance (Dustri) Brown, and their children, Evahri, Eiyah, Eadon, of Collyer, KS, Bailey (Dominika) Brown and their children Emerson & Elliott, of Ogallala, NE; grandparents, Daryll and Monica Stearley of Ogallala, NE; mother-in-law, Alicia Bolanos of Lompoc; brother-in-law, German Murgueitio; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been created to support Shawn's son, Derek. Contributions may be made to Thrivent Mutual Funds c/o Derek Shawn Brown; and may be mailed to Brian Peters-Thrivent, 2060 Briargate Parkway, Ste 120, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920. Condolences may be shared at

Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Church in Ogallala.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.
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