Long-time teacher and coach of Norfolk Senior High School, Douglas C. Brown, passed away Oct. 22, 2010, in Norfolk.
Doug was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Broken Bow. He was the youngest of three children of Paul F. Brown and Grace (Betty) E. (Holtorf) Brown.
He graduated from Broken Bow Senior High School in 1965. He participated four years in football, basketball, track, and American Legion baseball. He was quarterback of the football team his senior year, was all-conference in basketball, and qualified for the state track meet in the high jump.
Doug attended UNL from 1964-1969. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Doug earned a BS degree in business administration and graduated with honors. On graduation day he was pinned with his 2nd Lieutenant bars in the Quartermaster Corps after participating in ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) for four years. Doug served two active-duty years in the U.S. Army from September, 1969-June, 1971. He was very proud of his military service, of service to his country, and of the commitment of the military.
June 14, 1970, Doug married the love of his life, Gloria Powell. To this union were born Benjamin Douglas, Natalie Nicole and Lindsay Joy. River and Summit, sons of Lindsay and her husband Case Maranville, brought great joy to Doug and Gloria’s life. He was a very proud grandparent and loved playing with both boys.
Doug attended UNL graduate school from 1971-1973, and earned a coaching certificate and teaching endorsement in social studies. He signed his first teaching contract with the Genoa Public Schools in 1973 and taught there for five years. He also coached volleyball and boys basketball.
Doug and Gloria moved to Norfolk in 1978, where he taught American history to sophomores for 28 years. He also was an assistant girls’ track coach for one year, boys’ tennis coach for 9 years, and girls’ varsity basketball coach for 18 years. He truly loved teaching and coaching and often said he never worked a day in his life! He cherished the special relationships he formed with many of his students and athletes and kept these bonds intact long after graduation.
He graduated with honors from Wayne State College in 1990 with a master’s of science degree in education. He was also named Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Coaches Association in 1990. In 2004 he received the Friend-of-Coaches Award from the Norfolk Coaches Association.
Doug retired from teaching in 2006. He was athletic director for Northeast Community College for four years. He very much enjoyed working with the coaches and NECC staff! Once again he was blessed to work with special, dedicated people committed to excellence each and every day.
Doug was a substitute teacher for NPS from 2006-2010. He thoroughly enjoyed keeping active with students and staff.
Doug was also a volleyball referee for 30 years and a basketball referee for 14.
He was active in the United Way, serving as chairman of the 2010 Norfolk United Way campaign in 2010. He fully supported the YMCA and was recently selected as a board member. He was a long-time member of the National Education Association and Nebraska Coaches Association and was a mentor for TeamMates.
He was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church for 32 years, serving as lay minister and choir director. He loved his church family.
He loved life although it was a challenge for him during the last months. However, he felt richly blessed to have lived such an active life, and he was deeply touched by many special friends and the love and concern that was shown him during his illness. He was grateful for all the prayers, services, cards and emails he received. He fought a good fight, and he “finished strong.”
Doug is survived by his mother, Grace E. Brown of Lincoln; his wife, Gloria; his children, Ben Brown of Lincoln, Natalie Brown of Lincoln, and Lindsay (Brown) Maranville and her husband, Case, and their children River and Summit of Lincoln; his brother, Steve and wife, Pam, of Omaha; his sister, Polly Hultquist and husband Gary of Sonoma, Calif.; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
We, his family, wish to honor his life by passing on his legacy of loving each other and living each day to the fullest. We know that as his scholars, players, friends, and colleagues, you will touch others lives as he touched yours. That is the assignment from Mr. Brown.
Funeral services for Douglas C. Brown, 64, of Norfolk, were Oct. 23, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Ruth Tomlinson officiated.
Home for Funerals in Norfolk was in charge of arrangements.