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Michael James Brown

Michael James Brown, 69, passed away on August 14, 2023, after being life-flighted to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado due to severe burns.

He was born to Addison Edgar “Bud” and Ola Elizabeth (Downs) Brown on June 25, 1954, in Worland, Wyoming.

He was the youngest of two brothers. Mick grew up on a ranch just outside Ten Sleep where the outdoors was his playground. He loved riding his horse, Fox, and enjoyed the cowboy way of life. Firearms, hunting and fishing all played a big part in his youth.

After graduating Ten Sleep High School in 1972, Michael went on to work in the oil patch, in road construction as an operator and mechanic, and as a truck driver and welder. In later years, he operated his own repair service around Ten Sleep.

Mick met Laura in Ten Sleep and they were married in the Methodist Church at the Circle J. They later divorced.

Mick met Cora and they were together from 1998 to 2005. He was a great friend for years before and years after. He always considered his stepchildren as his own: Donaven, from his marriage to Laura, and Dennis, Nichole and Tawny from his marriage to Cora.

Michael then met his longtime girlfriend, Janie Garnhart. They spent the rest of his years together enjoying one another’s company and living life to the fullest.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, three half-brothers and two half-sisters.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Janie; brother, Donald (Lou) Brown of Grand Ridge, Florida; nephews, Terry (Angie) Phillips of Casper, Wyoming, Pat McGee of Fort Myers, Florida and his favorite niece Kathy Paxton of Gillette, Wyoming; several half and step-nieces and nephews and innumerable friends.

His trials and tribulations are over, may he enjoy the reunion with his two old friends that preceded him, Mark Funk and Jerry Michael. Cheers!

Cremation has taken place and interment is planned for the Ten Sleep Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be made at http://www.bryant