David was born Sept. 27, 1950, the son of Jess and Clarine (Maesch) Brown.
He graduated from Staunton High School with the class of 1968.
Following high school, he went to work at American Vitrified. He then started building homes with his brother Bill Brown.
After working with Bill Brown, David started David Brown Construction, where he built buildings mainly in Clay County and the Wabash Valley.
He retired in 2003 due to medical issues with multiple myeloma.
Throughout his life, he was tested with great deals of medical issues ranging from being struck by lightning to his most recent battle with Myelodysplasti Syndrome.
David married the love of his life, Karen Stevens Brown, Oct. 16, 1971.
They celebrated 40 years together.
As a child, he attended the First Church of Nazarene and the Community Missionary Church as an adult.
He was also a third degree Mason and a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge 760.
David was known for being the host of the Turtle Shop, where he would partake in woodshop projects among other things, including being a master turtle cooker.
He will be remembered for being a strong fighter, never giving in to any tests that were thrown his way, and being a great husband, father, papaw and friend.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers George Brown, Jess Jr. Brown, Everett Brown, Jack Brown and Bill Brown, and sister Helen Brush.
David is survived by his wife Karen Brown, son Matt "Chop" Brown and wife Lecia, Brazil, daughters Emily McCullough and husband Chad, Franklin, and Allison Brown, Brazil, grandchildren Wyatt McCullough, Adrie McCullough, Chloe McCullough, Gage Brown and Macee Mae Brown, sisters Betty Butts, Alice Muncie and Catherine Muncie and husband James Virgil, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
Services will be Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with his nephew, Pastor Robert Muncie, officiating.
Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Ind., 46278, and the family encourages those who can to donate to the Indiana Blood Center.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his remembrance.