Delores Kaufman Brown

Delores lived a life of service and devotion to family and friends for more than 90 years! She
had a tremendous impact on those who were blessed to know her.
Delores is the third of nine children who blessed the lives of her parents, Arnold and Irene
Kaufman. She was born on October 2, 1933 in Driggs, Idaho. But if you called her an Idaho girl
you would be quickly corrected. She grew up in Alta, Wyoming in a different time and place from
what we know today.
Growing up on an expanding homestead without electricity or running water provided adventure
and challenge. Delores battled Scarlet Fever and nearly drowned as a child. But she’s always
been strong in body and spirit and has continually triumphed over challenges.
Delores enjoyed working and playing with her friends and family as a young girl. She played
games, participated in 4-H, and helped on the homestead. She loved to tell stories of how the
snow in winter often reached above the windows of their log home. Sledding, weenie roasts,
and spending time in the nearby canyons on family outings were cherished memories of life on
the homestead for Delores. It was a real treat when her father installed power lines to bring
electricity to their humble, loving home.
One of her most cherished successes came when her parents took her and her siblings to the
Logan, Utah temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be sealed together as
an eternal family. The promise of having an eternal family became especially important for
Delores at the young age of 13. Her father died when the CAT he was using to clear land
overturned. It was a terrible blow to the young family. But with grit, determination, love, and
support of family, they moved forward. Delores became the one to run the home while her
mother and brothers worked the homestead. Cooking, cleaning, and the daily homemaking
tasks now fell to young Delores who rose to the challenges.
Delores valued education and expected her children to get as much training and personal
development as they could. She attended Brigham Young University and the University of
Wyoming where she enjoyed meeting new people and learning new things. Throughout her life,
she loved books of all kinds and was constantly improving herself through her quest for
The grandest adventure for Delores began when she met her future husband, Marlin Brown, a
handsome young man with a quick smile from Kanab, Utah. Delores loved to tell the story of
how she met Marlin when he was helping his brother move out of an apartment in Salt Lake City
that she and her roommates were excited to move into. Marlin asked for a date that same night
and then got delayed. He was late to their first date, but her patience paid off for both of them.
They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on October 12, 1955. What ensued can only be
described as A Wonderful Life!
Over the span of 22 years, Marlin and Delores added 9 children to their family. That family has
continued to grow with 40 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren with several more on their
way. Delores loved her family powerfully. Her family could feel her love and commitment to
them, and it binds them to each other even today.
Delores loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. When family came over, she
could often be found in the kitchen spoiling grandchildren with chocolate milkshakes for
breakfast and baking cinnamon rolls or cookies for all to enjoy. She was an amazing cook and
showed love to many with her culinary skills.
Delores blessed the lives of her family, her church, and her community. She served as a cub
scout leader for many years to more young boys than we can number. Her service in many
scouting roles was known and appreciated not only by the boys but also by the BSA when she
was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver award of service. Perhaps her favorite service to
provide in her church was working with small children. She volunteered in many roles but loved
being with the little ones in nursery best, where she served into her eighties.
Wife, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Mentor, Leader, and even Woman of the Year!
We will miss you more than we can imagine, Mom. Your example of faith, diligence, and love
gives us something to work toward. Delores, We Love You!
Delores is greatly mourned by many in the community and her family including her nine children
and their spouses: VaNae & Don Cumming, Matt & Julie Brown, Alvin & Tye Brown, Robert &
Nina Brown, Kanani & Scott Wells, Kristine & Tom Barton, McKay & Lois Brown, Natalie & Mikko
Puikkonen, Brant & Jana Brown; her 40 grandchildren and their spouses; and her 51 great
A viewing will be held at the Kanab LDS South Chapel (604 S 100 E, Kanab, UT 84741)
Sunday, March 17th, 2024 from 5 – 6 p.m. and Monday, March 18th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Her
funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the same location. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to
the missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Delores Kaufman Brown – Funeral Services 



  1. Seija Puikkonen March 16, 2024 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    To the dear family of Delores Brown and especially Natalie, Mikko, Kaleb and Kaija.

    We want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all at this time of the passing of your mom, grandma and great grandma.
    She was so much more to so many during her life time and is definitely leaving a big void in your lives.
    At the same time you can remember and celebrate the lessons and wonderful memories she left you and you will always have them with you.

    We pray that the sweet Spirit from our Heavenly Father will comfort you and give you peace.

    Love, Seppo and Seija Puikkonen

  2. Catherine Chell March 18, 2024 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    To the Brown Family,

    Sister Brown was a very special lady and I had the pleasure of having many encounters with her when they ran the Canyon Bookstore in Kanab, Ut. She was always so kind when my daughters and I came into the store…she took the time to talk with them and to help them find what they wanted to get, usually something to help keep them quiet during sacrament meeting. If they didn’t have something I was looking for she would do her best to find it and order it for me! I am grateful to say that she made an impact on my life. Prayers of love and comfort to the family.

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