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Brown Jr., Willard Benjamin

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December 3, 1935 - February 26, 2014

Brown Jr., Willard Benjamin

Brown, Willard Benjamin, Jr. “Ben” December 3, 1935 – February 26, 2014.    and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)

Ben grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University where he earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration; was the President of the Beta Alpha Psi-Professional Accounting Fraternity; and a member of the ROTC.  It was during college that a ROTC advisor told him if he was going to be a pilot he wanted to fly the fastest plane he could. So began his life-long love of flying.  Ben accepted a commission in the United States Air Force and served as a Tactical Fighter Pilot and Flight Instructor, attaining the rank of Captain.  After the Air Force, Ben continued flying by going to work for Braniff Airways for 15 years.  He enjoyed many hours in the cockpit flying all over the U.S. and on occasion to South America.  It was during this time Ben put his accounting degree to use and became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.  When not flying he spent his time building a small but successful accounting practice providing a wide variety of accounting and litigation support services for the past 40 years.  Ben was well respected by his accounting peers in Dallas and statewide.  He was awarded the Dallas Chapter CPAs Award for Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Professional Education in 1980; Dallas Chapter CPA of the Year in 1987; Dallas Chapter CPAs Outstanding Committee Chairperson in 1998; and the Texas CPAs Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Professional Education in 1990.  He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Dallas Society and Texas Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Consultants.

Anyone who knew him knew that Ben always had a story or a joke to tell and a natural ability to tell it well.  Ben drew on his own personal experiences to craft a story or a speech that captured your attention and kept you entertained.  He enjoyed public speaking, but in the beginning he felt he was not very good so he joined a Toastmasters club.  Toastmasters not only gave him a forum in which to hone his speaking skills, but allowed him to mentor new members to improve their own.  He was a member of and Past President of the Metro-Speakers Toastmaster Club of Dallas; Past President of the Metrocrest Toastmaster Club of Dallas; and Past President of the National Speakers Association – North Texas Chapter.

Ben is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Ann Brown; children Amy Schreiber, Julie and Paul Naughton, Lisa Brown; grandchildren Samantha and Eric Vanstrom, Andrew Schreiber, Keeley Naughton, Katherine Naughton; great-granddaughter Annika Vanstrom; brother Paul Brown and wife Cathy; sister-in-law Susie Johnson and husband Carl; brother-in-law Robert Porter and wife Pauline; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 pm, March 9th at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln., Dallas, TX 75230. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

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Dennis McCuistion

April 05, 2014 1:16PM

Sorry I was out of the country when the celebration was held, but Ben was always a person who celebrated all life gave to him. He was a great professional in the accounting field, and he also did his very best to disprove the myth that accountants don't communicate well. He was an accomplished speaker who educated all his audiences on important financial issues using his sharp wit and insights. He will be missed by me and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Sincerely, Dennis McCuistion


Ed Gray

March 07, 2014 7:42AM

Ben will be missed. I enjoyed working with Ben on many CPA committees and activities. Condolences from me and Sylvia to his family and especially his brother Paul.


Debra Emmert

March 04, 2014 11:37AM

Ben Brown served our church, Unity of Dallas, for many years and in various capacities. He spoke with wisdom and a measured voice of reason. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Our condolences go out to Ann, and the rest of the family. He will stay in your heart forever!


Connie Loftus

March 02, 2014 8:36AM

I so enjoyed being with Ben and Ann at Unity of Dallas. He will be missed


Tom and Carol Vanstrom

March 01, 2014 3:44PM

We will miss Ben(Papa G) very much and it was our pleasure to get to know him and have him as a member of our gang!


Robert Patak

March 01, 2014 9:34AM

A kind and wonderful man, good neighbor and friend. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Ann and the entire Brown family.
-Robert, Jan and Jordan


King & Georgeann Moss

March 01, 2014 8:48AM

Our sincere condolences on Ben's passing. He was a good man, friend and colleague. We will miss him.


Patricia Norton

March 01, 2014 8:23AM

So sorry for your loss-he will be greatly missed by many. He had such a good sense of humor and lifted up those around him. May your loving memories of him sustain you. God bless all of the Brown family.
Sincerely, Pat Norton