Dennis Lee Brown

dennis brown

September 9, 1958 ~ April 11, 2024

Born in: Levelland, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Dennis Lee Brown, born on September 9, 1958, Levelland, Texas, to Harvey Lee and Marietta Ruth Brown, was a man whose life embodied the essence of Texan spirit. Growing up in Arlington, Texas, Dennis embraced his community with open arms, leaving an unforgettable mark on all who knew him.
From his early years, Dennis displayed his athletic prowess, particularly in football, a passion he carried throughout his life. Attending Sam Houston High School, he became the epitome of a Sam Houston Texan, earning the esteemed title of Mr. Sam Houston-an honor held by only a slight few. His dedication to his alma mater was unwavering, reflecting his deep-rooted Texan pride.
After high school, Dennis pursued higher education at the University of Texas at Arlington and West Texas A&M until an injury cut short his football career. Undeterred, Dennis returned to Arlington with his trademark can-do attitude, channeling his entrepreneurial spirit into building his own business.
More than anything else, Dennis cherished his family. His daughters, Allison, and Natalie were the lights of his life, and the arrival of grandchildren brought him immeasurable joy and pride. He was a devoted father and grandfather, always putting family first.
Dennis was not only a pillar in his community, but also a beacon of generosity and compassion. His philanthropic endeavors included involvement with organizations such as, the Booster Club of The Oakridge School, the SHHS Alumni Association, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, the Salvation Army, Men Serving God, and Restore Hope via the Golf Tournament, touching countless lives.
Despite numerous contributions, Dennis remained humble, often shying away from recognition. However, his altruism did not go unnoticed, as evidenced by his acceptance of the Dr. Robert and Sara Brown Humanitarian Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Texas in 2020 as well as the Men Serving God Exemplary Service Award in 2022.
Beyond his commitment to serving others, Dennis had a passion for old cars and trucks, his love for the color red was evident in his vehicles. Yet, it was his infectious laughter, warm hugs, and outgoing personality that endeared him to all who crossed his path.
Dennis is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Marietta ‘Rita’ Brown, and father, Harvey ‘Shorty’ Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Allison Ray, her husband, Derek, and their children, Caroline and Thomas, his daughter, Natalie Ratliff, her husband, Robert, and their children, Wyatt and Henry, his sister, Reba Blevens and her husband Scott, his sister, Retha Weidner and her husband Tim along with many nieces and nephews.
Dennis will be deeply missed by his daughters, grandchildren, family, and friends, who will always cherish his charming smile, infectious laugh, zest for life, and positive attitude.
A visitation to celebrate Dennis’s life will be held at Wade Funeral Home and Crematory on Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 6-8 p.m., followed by a funeral service on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Arlington. The final resting place at Hawkins Cemetery will follow, where Dennis will be laid to rest surrounded by those who loved and admired him the most. Let us come together to honor the memory of a man who lived life to the fullest and brought light into the lives of all who knew him.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dennis’s name to Men Serving God, P.O. BOX 13765, Arlington, TX 76094 or Sam Houston High School Alumni Association, P.O. BOX 152742, Arlington, TX 76015.


Public Visitation: April 25, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: April 26, 2024 10:00 am

First Baptist Church Arlington
301 S. Center St.
Arlington, TX 76010

(817) 277-6353

Graveside Service: April 26, 2024 12:00 pm

Hawkins Cemetery
5301 N HWY 287
Arlington, TX 76017

(817) 467-7777

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  1. Thank you for all you did for our
    family we will forever be grateful, miss his laugh prayers for the family…

  2. Allison and Natalie-
    I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful person and always so giving. I was blessed to know him. We will all miss that smile.

  3. To Dennis’ Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Dennis’ passing. Dennis was such a sweet, generous, and compassionate man that helped so many people that crossed his path. What a wonderful legacy he has left. He will definitely be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. You all have wonderful memories of Dennis, and with those memories he will never die in your hearts. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel to watch over us.

    Our deepest condolences,

    Travis & Patty Irons, and Louise Morrow

  4. When I entered the 7th grade at Ferguson Jr. High, it wasn’t long before I noticed this larger than life kid with the magnetic smile coming down the 7th grade hall like a boss. And a boss he was. In all the years after, I don’t recall Dennis not wearing a smile. How blessed I am to have known this guy. It was a privilege. Thank you for the laughter, your kindness, your generosity, your loyalty, your honesty…Thank you Big D, for being the epitome of what a true friend is. We love you and miss you already. God Bless Allison, Natalie, your grandchildren, and your sisters as you now sit at the right hand of The Almighty God, we pray for peace and comfort in the sweet memories you left us all with. 🙏 💜

  5. Dennis was a wonderful cousin and always had a zest for life. He will be greatly missed.
    Kathy and Jeff Thelen

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