Samuel H Brown Jr.
On the morning of August 24, 2021, Sam H. Brown, Jr. of Houston, Texas, passed away at the age of 77 in Clearwater, Florida. Although born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Sam was a true Houstonian. He grew up to find the calling of his life as a father of two daughters, a successful independent commercial / industrial real estate broker and a friend to many.
He raised two daughters, Barbara Mendell Brown and Kathryn Kemp Brown-Martinez, with conscientious vigilance, compassionate understanding, and unwavering love, guidance and support.
A true self-made man, Sam graduated in 1962 from CE Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, he entered the University of Kentucky’s pre-med program in the fall of 1962. A year later, he returned to Louisiana and enrolled. at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity while at LSU. He recognized his duty to serve in the military during the Vietnam War and the Cold War era. He left LSU for about four years to attend a language school through the military and became fluent in German. Through this post in the military, he was stationed in Munich, Germany, where he excelled in a counterintelligence position. While in the military, he played football on the grassroots team and traveled across Europe making lifelong friends. Eventually he returned to the United States and graduated from LSU in 1973 with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Sam’s first position was with Henry S. Miller Commercial Real Estate Group in San Antonio, Texas. He eventually settled in Houston, Texas with several of his friends from Shreveport who were in Houston. Sam began a successful career as an independent commercial / industrial real estate broker, representing companies such as Exel, Inc. and Faust Distributing Company.
Sam was a kind and compassionate man who never knew a stranger and was always ready to help and get involved. He was known for his love of animals, especially his Springer Spaniel dogs which he used for hunting and his Bengal cats, Nala and Leon. While he was an avid bird hunter in his spare time, he enjoyed all things the outdoors, especially walking in the fields in the early morning and watching the dogs working to flush out the birds. When not hunting, he spent time with his close friends. He was known for his generous nature and his sense of entertainment. He had an infectious laugh among his friends that always brightened up any room he entered. When he returned home from trips to his hometown of Shreveport, he would pick up peaches, strawberries and watermelons by the “trunkful” and deliver them to his friends and associates. A friend commented, “He was truly the kindest, caring and generous friend!
Sam died before death by this father, Sam H. Brown, and his mother, Mable Kemp Brown. The eldest of two sons, he is survived by his beloved brother William Brown (wife, Kim Brown) of Blaine, Washington. He is survived by his two grateful daughters, Barbara Mendell Brown (husband, Danny Altenburg) of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Kathryn Kemp Brown-Martinez (husband, David Martinez-Morett) of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Sam was fortunate enough to have three grandchildren, Barbara’s son Christopher Brown Altenburg, and Kathryn’s two sons, Gabriel Sage Martinez and Jackson Samuel Martinez. Although divorced, Sam maintained close friendships with each of his previous wives, Sarah Mendell Brown and Shelghmichael Brown.
He was a long-time member of the Houston Country Club and a member of the Houstonian Club. For Sam’s Hunter, he was an active member of the Garwood Hunting Club. Sam was a member and involved in the social organization of the Allegro Association of Houston. He was a parishioner of Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, followed by a celebration of life at the Houston Country Club. At the time of publication, no date had been set.
Sam H. Brown, Jr. lives through wonderful and loving memories in the hearts and minds of his loving and dedicated family and friends.
Posted by Houston Chronicle on October 10, 2021.