Larkin Mortuary

Karen Marie Clawson Brown

03/04/1939 - 10/05/2017

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Karen Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 5, 2017. She was born March 4, 1939 in Phoenix, Arizona to Marion Lawrence and Florence Johnson Clawson. Her family moved to Salt Lake City when she was 15 years old and she graduated from South High School in 1957. She married Robert Madison Brown on August 19, 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple. She had 4 daughters and 13 grandkids. Karen retired in 2008 after working 27 years for the University Hospital. She held many callings in the LDS church, serving in the Young Women, Primary and Relief Society. She loved being a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Belvedere Camp. Karen had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She sang in various choirs over the years. Karen loved spending time with her family. She loved to have her grandkids come to visit and enjoyed doing craft projects with them. She will be dearly missed.


Karen is survived by her husband, Robert Brown; daughters – Karrie Pati, Becky (Kevin) Tirrell, Kristy Brown, and Lynda (Mike) Goleman; Grandkids – Tyler, Braeden, Katie, Hunter, Maddie, Toby, Tank, Jonathan, Andrew, Clate, Trissie, Anabel and Stanley; Brothers – Lawrence, Dale (Faye), Neil (Bev), Hugh, Edwin (Karen) and Gregory.


Preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Florence and sister in-laws – Robin, Melva and Louise.


We want to thank the staff of Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University Hospital, Legacy Village Taylorsville and Envision Hospice for the loving care they provided for our mother.


Funeral services will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wells Ward, 1990 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.  A viewing will be held on Sunday evening, October 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, as well as from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the Ward prior to services.  Interment at Holladay Memorial Park.

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  • Robert and gorgeous Brown girls. We are so sorry for your loss yet extremely grateful for the blessings of knowing Karen. You are an awesome family. God bless you all.

    — Colin and Wanda Orr
  • -Dear Bob and family. I just read about the passing of your wife. I am so sorry and I send my condolences and best wishes that the Lord might send His comforter to be with you and yours in this tender moment. Take care, my friend. I cherish the memories I had serving with you in the High Priest’s quorum of the Wilson Ward and the time spent within your home as a home teacher.

    God Bless
    Brother Richard Mittan
    Jerome, ID 83338

    — Richard Mittan
  • Our condolences to Bob and her family. Karen was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and was once the captain of the Belvedere Camp. She volunteered to help as the treasurer and did that for many years. She loved to share stories of her pioneer ancestors with us at our monthly meetings. She had a wonderful laugh and loved to tell us stories. She kept track of how everyone was doing and sent flowers and memorials to deceased members. We lived in her LDS Stake and saw her at many of the stake events and conferences. She loved her family and her grandchildren. She showed us pictures of them frequently. She was thoughtful and kind and a dear friend. I miss her.

    — Pam Carson