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Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Public Relations Officer

Kevin Brown began his career in funeral service in 1991, when he started working at Chapel By The Sea in Fort Bragg, California.  After two years of working in the industry, he knew it was more than a job  it was a calling.  He graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, working in California and Nevada until he relocated to Colorado.  He worked at funeral homes on the Front Range and the Western Slope.  And, while in Glenwood Springs, Kevin was also appointed as Deputy Coroner in Garfield County. 

Kevin and his wife Sheila enjoy traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.   As a professional singer, Kevin has won awards, recorded his music  and delighted the community with his wonderful voice. 

Kevin loves people and is passionate about helping them during their time of loss.  For years, his dream was to have his own funeral establishment where families could choose simplicity without compromising dignity.  Where funeral merchandise and services are affordable to everyone, and where customers are treated like family. 
Kevin is proud to offer Western Colorado Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service Inc . 



Sheila Brown

Sheila Brown

Owner

Sheila Brown is a native of Grand Junction.  She began her legal career as a Division Clerk for the 21st Judicial District of Colorado, and served over 20 years. 

Sheila’s ability to inspire, motivate and build confidence in others catapulted her into a successful 30 year marketing career with an international catalog company based in the U.S.   

Friends often praise Sheila for her abilities as a homemaker, interior decorator and candy maker extraordinaire. But, she would say her biggest accomplishment is being a wife and mother, and her greatest joy is being a grandmother.  Her cup overflows. 


Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson

General Manager

We proudly present Jay Wilson, General Manager of Brown’s.  Jay’s area of responsibility is to oversee everyday operations of the Funeral Home and Care Center, staffing, inventory, and automobiles.  In addition, Jay makes funeral arrangements and is licensed to sell PreNeed insurance.

 Jay was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics. During his professional career, he owned and operated his own furniture stores throughout Arizona, worked for large corporations, and later became the Regional Manager of a franchise group overseeing 40 stores in six states. All told, he has managed over 1,000 people and has “semi-retired” twice.

 Married for over twenty years, Jay is the father of two. He enjoys listening to a broad spectrum of music, especially Big Band sounds.  In his leisure time, Jay and his family like seeking out the ghost towns of Colorado and exploring the most remote places of the state.

 Restaurants are no match for Jay. The highlight of his weekend is being in the kitchen.  He searches for recipes from all over the world and turns out delectable ethnic creations for his family.

 Jay is a direct, no-nonsense kind of leader.  He is proud to be an active member of our local community, thrives on networking in social and civic groups, and participation in charitable causes.  We happily welcome Jay to our team.

 

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Andrea Wilson

Andrea Wilson

Office Manager/ Funeral Director

Brown’s proudly introduces Andrea Wilson, Office Manager.  Originally from southern California, Andrea and her husband, Jay, have lived and worked in various parts of the country –most recently Arizona.

Never afraid to take on a challenge, Andrea set out to be a Large Animal Veterinarian.  At the time she was taking her college courses, she was also training and showing Arabian horses.  Her love for animals soon became obvious when she had collected enough orphaned animals to open a petting zoo!

 When she and her husband became involved in home furnishings, Andrea changed her college major from Veterinary Science to Interior Design.  The couple successfully owned and operated four furniture stores in Arizona.

 She still enjoys working with home décor, by making plaques and signs with reclaimed wood.  Most of all, she enjoys spending time in beautiful Colorado with her husband and sons, Max and Brodey.

 Andrea’s kind spirit, enthusiasm, and compassion align perfectly with Brown’s values of dedication to our customers and staff.

 

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Doug Thomason

Doug Thomason

Funeral Director

Douglas Thomason had been helping us nights and weekends, and found the work very rewarding. When asked to become a permanent member of our team, he “came out of retirement” and joined us at Brown’s.

 A Colorado native, Doug grew-up in Denver, relocated to Grand Junction and graduated from Mesa State College with a degree in business management. He was employed as Sales Manager in various types of businesses; Travel, Moving and Storage, and Communications. His extensive background interacting with people of all ages, was the perfect segue to serving our client families.

 Doug’s kindness and ability to motivate people, enables him to help others reach their best potential. A dedicated advocate for the people of the Grand Valley, Doug ran for office and served on the Grand Junction City Council.  Also bringing him a great deal of pleasure and sense of accomplishment, is being called “Coach”. Doug has coached elementary school, middle school and high school youth sports for over 35 years.

 Doug stands out in a crowd for many reasons and at seven feet tall, he is unofficially the tallest person in Grand Junction.

 Doug enjoys four wheeling and camping throughout Colorado.  Husband of Cari, and father of four, with two children at home, he loves being fully involved with his kids and all of their activities.

    

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Brandon Alvelais

Brandon Alvelais

Funeral Director/Pre-need Counselor

With pleasure, we welcome Brandon Alvelais, to our team of funeral professionals.

 When Brandon was an Emergency Medical Technician,  he often found himself consoling grief-stricken relatives when a loved one had died. Later,  he worked for a mortuary transport service and considered it an honor to be placed in that position of trust. He soon realized he was suited to serve people at such a difficult time and decided on a career in funeral service.

 Brandon has worked for a mortuary transport service, with a coroner’s office as a forensic technician, and was a funeral home crematory operator.  With Brandon’s work ethic, integrity and attention to detail, he is a perfect addition to our team.  He will also be licensed to sell pre-need insurance.

 In Brandon’s younger years, he was an avid musician who played drums and bugle, taught high school students how to play the instruments, and traveled throughout the country in Drum & Bugle Corps competitions.

 Originally from Sacramento, and after living in Las Vegas for a few years,  Brandon and his wife, Amanda, along with their cat “Kitty” have relocated to Fruita, Colorado to be near family.

 Brandon likes to hike, camp, hunt and fish, but most of all he loves donning his “Home Chef” apron and turning out a weekend delectable.


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JT Noyes

JT Noyes

Funeral Director

Brown’s is very pleased to introduce and welcome back our newest Funeral Director, JT Noyes.  Jt is no stranger to the industry as he has been caring for families for over 10 years and has had a drive to serve in this industry since the young age of 7.

Jt has immense experience in embalming, mortuary transport, funeral planning, and crematory operations.  Jt expresses that he enjoys what he does because it is one of the purest forms of service and caring for others.  Jt has a natural ability to connect with families and is often described as patient and empathetic with others.

 JT is a native to Utah but is no stranger to Colorado as he was once before a proud member of the Brown’s Staff.  JT has re-located back to Grand Junction and is very excited to be integrated back into the community and looks forward enjoying his free time by playing pickle ball, shooting pool and enjoying all the other recreation that is offered here on the Western Slope, including riding ATVs.  Jt is an avid football fan and declares himself to be the #1 New York Giants fan.  Jt is a versed poker player and looks forward to a good tournament when it presents itself.


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Sarah Bolotin

Sarah Bolotin

Funeral Director

With Pleasure Brown’s would like to introduce the newest Funeral Director to our team, Sarah Bolotin.

Sarah is new to the industry but does not come unexperienced to trauma, grief and the impact that losing a loved one can take on a family, as she previously worked with the school district and Mesa County, supporting children and parents from all over the Grand Valley for over 5 years.

Sarah was interested in a career in aftercare because she is very passionate about helping grieving families during one of the most challenging times they will experience.  Sarah is confident and well versed in walking along side those who have had the misfortune of living through their trauma.  

Sarah is the proud first-time mother of baby Nikolai who was only born 2 months before she started this new adventure into a new career, she has the encouraging and loving support during this time from her husband Greg of 13 years.

In Sarah’s spare time away from the Funeral Home she enjoys hiking, anything in the outdoors, play tennis and experiment with her amateur photography skills.


Alexis Shank

Alexis Shank

Administrative Assistant

We are proud to introduce Alexis Shank who joined the Brown’s team in June of 2021.  As an Administrative Assistant, she supports the Funeral Home, our directors, and the management team.  With her strong compassionate personality and a keen attention to detail Alexis has become an integral part of serving the families we care for.

Alexis is a native to Grand Junction and comes from a family of 5 siblings.  She takes pride in her strong family ties.  Alexis’ hobbies include painting and drawing, spending time in the outdoors, reading mystery and fiction and of course sharing her free time with her adorable and spunky pug Cleo.

Alexis has had an interest for the Funeral Industry since a young age and can easily imagine herself furthering her career into funeral directing and planning.  Alexis’ willingness to always lend a helping hand to those who may need it and her ability to make a positive impact on people are what make her a natural fit for her position.


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Richard White

Richard White

Crematory Manager

We are proud to introduce Richard White who joined the Brown’s team in 2019.  As a Funeral Assistant, he supports the Funeral Home and Care Center with his attention to detail and has become an integral part of our crematory operations.

 A native of Colorado, Richard was born in Denver and graduated from Littleton High School. He spent most of his life on the Front Range, previously working in auto mechanics and the medical oxygen business.

 Richard is a quiet man who values solitude and a peaceful existence. Taking advantage of our beautiful state, Richard and his wife, Sheri,(previously a Brown) together with their three children, Michael, Jeremy and Danielle, have spent many happy times fishing, hunting and camping.

 Richard is kind, focused and dedicated.  He credits his dad who instilled his meticulous work ethic of “always doing the right thing.”


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Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Pre-Need Counselor

Pat’s dedication to serving others began as a Police Officer near Cleveland, Ohio.  Eventually the call of the Pacific Ocean brought Pat and his young family to California.  Pat then spent more than thirty years helping the community and people of Santa Barbara with their insurance needs as well as singing Bass with an award-winning Men’s Chorus.   Eventually Pat and his wife followed their son and his family to Grand Junction.  They have enjoyed the city and the many friendly people who have welcomed them.  Pat is honored and excited to be part of the Brown’s Cremation and Funeral Service family.  His dedication to serving and helping others continues as Brown’s Pre-Need Specialist.


Abram Sanchez

Abram Sanchez

Pre-Need Counselor/ Care Team

With pleasure, we introduce Abram Sanchez, a member of Brown’s Care Team.  Abram considers it an honor to connect with families at such a tender time.

 His love for people and wanting to help them is a quality he developed while working at his father’s restaurant.

 Abram is a fulltime student at CMU majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He especially enjoys his math and physics classes and has aspirations of eventually acquiring a position with Lockheed Martin or a similar corporation.

 Abram loves coaching soccer, camping, hiking, spending time with his girlfriend, Lisa and his German Shepherd, Django


Brady Thomason

Brady Thomason

Office Assistant

With Pleasure Brown’s would like to introduce the newest member of our staff Brady Thomason.  Brady will assist the management team, the funeral directors and our crematory manger with day-to-day maintenance issues, clerical tasks and of course supporting families in the chapel during their Celebrations of Life.

Brady comes to us straight out of high school, she graduated in 2022 from Fruita Monument High School where her extracurricular activities included varsity volleyball, track, and club volleyball.  Brady will start her higher education this fall locally at Colorado Mesa University where she will study Business Administration and is interested in a minor of Mortuary Science.

When not working at the Funeral Home Brady enjoys spending as much time as possible with her extra adventurous puppy Milo, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. 


Jeanie Hendricks

Jeanie Hendricks

Funeral Director Emeritus

Jeanie’s career in funeral service has spanned decades. She has proudly served families in Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Colorado, incorporating invaluable experience in multi-traditions, rituals and cultures. As a graduate of Cypress College of Mortuary Science and licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Jeanie is also licensed to sell PreNeed Insurance specific to the Funeral Industry. 

In our ever changing society with increasing popularity of cremation, Jeanie’s forte is educating families in, what often times, is an unfamiliar process. She started and operated Mariposa Gardens, a successful cremation facility in Arizona and was a featured speaker at an annual CANA Convention, “Cremation Association of North America.” 

No two families are the same; each has different wants and needs. Jeanie’s gentle explanations and presentation of options, assures each family is served according to their wishes and unique situation.


Paxton Cambridge Brown

Paxton Cambridge Brown

Comfort Canine

Meet Paxton Cambridge Brown, our  K-9 staff member. This handsome chap is a Goldendoodle, which is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. They are known for their silky fur and to be hypoallergenic.

Despite his young age (born November 8, 2018) he’s instinctively fulfilling his job description as Funeral Home Comfort Dog. His stable temperament and easygoing personality often give way to bouts of pure and joyful “puppy exuberance”. Paxton loves to play.  Large, plush, squeaky toys are his favorites. As he developed his knack for “rapid fire” squeaking, he soon discovered the best time to show off his skill is when Dad is on the phone!

His keen attraction to water was obvious when he tried to swim in his water dish. He loves baths in the big tub and happily dips under water to retrieve his toys. But, the best part of bath-time is cuddling with Mom on the couch as he dries.

Paxton is working with a trainer to learn commands and refine his behaviors. But, his success as a comfort dog is due more to his personality than his training. Emotional support and comfort dogs like Paxton intuitively identify people who are struggling with anxiety and grief. Paxton’s selective breeding, tender eyes, and loving personality make him a perfect addition to Brown’s team of professionals.


Sophie Girl (Deceased)

Sophie Girl (Deceased)

Emotional Support

Sophie was our 12 year old Golden Retriever/ Lab mix.  She’s was emotional support dog with an amazing temperament and seems to have had a keen sense for those who were grieving.  We had often seen her go to the person who is visibly hurting and lay her head in their lap, and for a few brief moments, take their mind off of their current situation.  She absolutely loved being here at work.   You’d find her making her way through the funeral home, bringing a smile to all who came in contact with her. It wasn’t really our intention to have her at the funeral home, but she was such a comfort to our entire staff and to the many families we cared for.  She had become quite the little celebrity and a fixture here at the funeral home.  We often had people come in and ask for Sophie because they’ve heard about her from others.  We understand that no one cares to enter a funeral home, but unfortunately there comes a time when most of us will be faced with that task of planning a funeral.  Our goal is to make that experience the best it can possibly be, and while you’re here we invite you to get to know our newest furry family member Paxton, Sophie's little brother We know you’ll love him  We do!


David Botruff

David Botruff

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Manager- Emeritus

David Botruff received his degree in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University in 1981.   He has been a skilled and compassionate funeral director, embalmer and cremationist for well over 30 years.


Always ready to serve, David was a multi-year member of the Rock Island County Coroner’s Disaster Response Team in Illinois and also an active member of the Funeral Director’s Association.  


Additionally, David has served in the Lions Club and volunteered with the Salvation Army during the Holiday Season.  He is especially proud of the time he spent working with persons with developmental disabilities at the Grand Junction Regional Center.


Above all, David credits his close-knit family as the key to his success. He is dedicated to his wife of 41 years, 5 wonderful children, 13 amazing grandkids and 2 delightful great-grandchildren.


We are happy to have David at Brown’s Care Center, where he oversees the crematory, embalming facility and refrigerated care unit.


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