04/09/2004 - 08/25/2023
Service Date: 09/02/2023
Service Time: 3:00PM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints 1111 E. Knox Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery

Ian Andrew Brown, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 19 on August 25, 2023. Our family and friends are deeply saddened that we will not enjoy Ian’s friendship, quick wit, laughter, and dimpled smile in this life. He has relief from the struggles of this world, and we have the promise that we will see him again.

Ian was born in Provo, Utah on April 9, 2004. Ian is survived by his father Drew, mother Shanne, brother Kyle, sisters Laurel and Renae, grandparents James and Terry Brown, Marc Bauder and Marilyn Bauder. He leaves behind many uncles, aunts, and cousins that love him very much.

As a child Ian was inseparable from his big brother Kyle. Two straws in one can of root beer inseparable. Ian had a happy childhood full of friends and activities. He enjoyed playing soccer and flag football and participating in Boy Scouts. There were many fun moments at Camp Geronimo and on backpacking trips. He especially loved to play Nerf wars in our backyard with friends during which they built obstacles with random objects found in the yard. He was a bright and talkative student and he loved to get everyone laughing. Ian had a good group of friends that had lots of fun together, whether playing Fort Night on the computer or hanging out in person playing 007. Special family memories during the Covid pandemic include, playing sardines and laser tag in the backyard at night, working out with Dad in the “flashlight gym” (a weight bench set up in the backyard), and lots of trips to the lake in our ski boat. Ian was the best wakeboarder in our family and impressed us with his jumps and tricks. Another fun family tradition was to drive way out in the middle of nowhere and watch meteor showers while sipping hot cocoa. In school, Ian showed talent for writing. He received the ASU Dean’s Award when he graduated from Marcos de Niza High School in 2022. He was accepted to ASU Business Technology program. His dream job was to work for the YouTube celebrity, Mr. Beast. He had an entrepreneurial mind and was always trying to convince his parents to maximize their income. When you are missing Ian, remember him by eating some of his favorite foods such as tortilla chips with nacho cheese sauce, Mike and Ike candy, or a hamburger from The Habit Burger Grill or In-N-Out Burger with a vanilla shake.

When our dog, Olly, joined our family in 2021 she changed our lives. She was a source of joy and comfort to Ian. For those who would like to donate to a cause that helps bring pets to other families please consider donating to the Arizona Animal Welfare League in Ian’s name.

Flower deliveries may be made to Family Burial and Cremation Center, 237 S. Sirrine, Mesa, AZ 85210 on Friday, September 1, until 7 p.m.

A memorial service for Ian Brown will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 2nd at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1111 E Knox Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284.


  • Ian will always have such a special place in my heart. I loved his sense of humor and his laugh. We had so many inside jokes that no one would understand but us cousins. #tictac #jack I love you ian. I only wish he was here now so I could tell him in person. It’s a tough reminder to always tell your friends and family how important and loved they are. 💙

  • All of our deepest sympathy and love to the entire Brown family at this unimaginable time. Our family will go enjoy a burger in Ian’s honor. We love you. Tara and Maurice Mitchell family

  • he was kind and caring. a very good brother

  • I’m so sorry for this sudden loss. I can’t even imagine what you are going through losing such a wonderful child. I can relate only with the loss I’ve gone through with sudden death with my parents, by two young brothers and my two sister-in-laws in the past few years. I came to understand that in this life, no one can have real love without eventually dealing with real loss and we certainly can’t rejoice over one’s birth and the joy of living unless we are prepared to understand and accept with some grace including the untimeliness and difficulty of sudden death. What keeps me going when I start to get sad at the loss of all my family? I remember when Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believeth in me shall never die (John 11:25-26). ” My deepest sympathy to your family. – Dory

  • I am so saddened by Ian’s passing- our thoughts are with your family

  • I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • I’m so so sorry for your loss, Shanne and family. I am praying for you to be surrounded by our Savior’s love.

  • Alicia Peterson

    I am truly sorry to hear this news. Please know that I will be praying for all of you. My love and hope are with you.

  • Deepest condolences. I remember Ian as a clever and funny young man. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Anthony Hurtado

    Man, I’m not even sure anyone will read this, Ian, Myself and another kid named Evan were inseparable during 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade he was a very close friend of mine when we were little and it’s very shocking to hear him pass even though we grew apart. Enjoy your weirdly colored fishing rod my friend

  • I do remember what fun the three of you had, Tony. Thank you for being an important part of Ian’s childhood.

  • Im sorry for your lost , I’m in lost for words right now. Been trying to reach him for a few months, now I know what happen . It’s brake my heart to see this.

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