Jerry Leonard Brown, well-loved local entertainer and musician, passed away on Sep. 23, 2019, at the age of 74. He was a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Jerry was born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Sep. 30, 1944 to William Leonard Brown and Edna Mae Samek. He attended Beaver High School in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and knew from a young age he wanted to be a musician. After graduation, he moved to California to attend Los Angeles Valley College and played drums and glockenspiel in the marching band. He married and had three children, Terri Lynn, William Scott and Elizabeth Anne. After several years of touring across the country with music group The Match, the couple divorced in 1972.
Jerry moved to Colorado Springs that year, performing guitar and vocals at local hotels like the Broadmoor and the Antlers, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Garden of the Gods Club. He acted and directed for theater productions at the Dublin Dinner Playhouse and the Old Town Playhouse. He frequently performed with the Air Force Falconaires Band.
Jerry also served as the Director/Manager of the Bridge, an educational program that introduced troubled youth to the arts, and produced a one-man show, An Evening with Henry McAllister, a benefit for the McAllister House Museum.
In 1983, Jerry met Lynda Dunne, the love of his life. They enjoyed 36 years together, along with Lynda’s daughters Katherine Marie and Rebecca Mae and their children.
Around the same time Jerry created Jerry Brown Productions, an advertising and marketing company, and began offering small business support and coaching. He and Lynda worked together on many business projects.
He continued to play music at small venues and perform marriage and funeral services until his final illness.
Jerry was a member of A.S.C.A.P., the Pikes Peak Musician Association, the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society and Pikes Peak Young Composers.
Jerry is survived by his wife Lynda (Dunne) Brown of Colorado Springs, sister Nancy Meek & her family of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: his children Terri Williams of Omak, Washington, Scott Brown of Chico, California, Elizabeth Murray of Lynnwood, Washington and Katherine Dunne of Bellingham, Washington, and their families; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. No funeral is planned, but there will be a celebration of life at a later date.
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