Mineral Wells Area News

Johnny R. Brown, DVM Obituary

Johnny R. Brown, DVM  Obituary
November 21
12:15 2022

After a life devoted to animal health and care, Dr. Johnny Brown passed away peacefully in the North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville on November 16, 2022.

Born in Decatur, TX, on October 31, 1935, to Raymond H. Brown and Faye (nee Sheegog) Brown, Johnny grew up in Cooke County on the family farm near Woodbine.

As a teen, Johnny was active in the Gainesville Community Circus. He performed as a bareback rider and as a double trap and arial bars expert. These years brought him many friends and happy memories. 

Johnny graduated from Gainesville High School in 1953 and received a B.S. from Texas A & M University in 1957. He continued his education by entering the A & M School of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with his DVM in 1961.

Soon after, Johnny entered military service as a Captain in the US Army where he served from 1961-1963. During that time, he served a one-year tour of duty in Viet Nam and worked in the Army Control Group training animals.

Johnny returned to Gainesville after the service and enjoyed many years of private veterinary practice there and in Mineral Wells, TX. He treated both small and large animals with a specialty in treating horses. He completed his career in Weatherford, TX, working for 17 years with the Texas Racing Commission.

Upon his retirement, Johnny returned to his family farm near Woodbine. In these years, he became an avid golfer in addition to his lifelong interests in hunting, fishing, cooking, and entertaining friends. He was always the consummate host.

Johnny is survived by his son, Clay Brown of Mineral Wells; by his daughter Brandi Stuart and husband Jamey as well as his two grandsons, Hunter and Dallas Stuart, all of Aledo. He is also survived by his niece, Tonja Brown, and nephew, Bret Brown and several great nieces and nephews.

Johnny was predeceased by his parents, by his brother Charles (Charlie) Brown and sister-in-law Anita Brown.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for December 2, 2022, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Gainesville VFW (3332 N. Grand Avenue). The family suggests that memorials for Johnny can be made to the SPCA of Texas (www.spca.org or SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Dr., Dallas, TX 75212). Family members may be contacted P.O. Box 477, Gainesville, TX 76241.