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A. Kaye Browning

June 22, 2022


A. Kaye Browning was born in Rexburg Idaho 9 November 1933 to Elmer F and Iva Grace Mikesell Browning. He passed away on Father's Day, 19 June 2022. Kaye married Jennavee "Joey" Wadsworth 7 April 1951. A daughter, Mara Lyn, was born the to couple, the marriage ended in it's second year. Kaye was working in Salt Lake City when he met Joyce May Butterfield. They were married in Salt Lake City on 16 April 1954 and sealed in May 1955 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had 3 children together. Kaye and Joyce celebrated their 65th anniversary before Joyce passed away in October 2019. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served on the Sunset Stake High Council and 13 years as Stake Finance Clerk.

Kaye owned a very successful State Farm insurance agency in the Sunset/Roy area for 40 years.

As a child, Kaye built airplanes from the kits available in those times. Later he drafted and built model airplanes. In the early 1960's, he and a childhood friend were the first in the United States to successfully fly a ducted fan type model airplane. He obtained his private pilot license in 1972, sharing ownership of a 172 Cessna then a 182 Cessna in which he logged over 300 flight hours. He sold his share of the airplane in 1982. His last flight was in 1992.

He was given a "brownie" camera as a 10 year old by a favorite uncle. He was a self taught, prize winning photographer, a hobby he maintained throughout his life.

When not flying, he could be found in his garage working on a vehicle of some kind. He loved cars and spent countless hours repairing and painting cars for his children and neighbors. He modeled what he believed about his father; "If he could see it, he could do it." Kaye could see a great deal! As a curious small boy he had taken things apart as a challenge to put them back together. As a man of 88.5 he removed and replaced the shower dam in his assisted living bathroom, just because he could. Two weeks before his passing he was still building motorized airplanes and had started learning German so he could practice with Lonny.

Kaye was active in politics because of his great love for his country and understood that he had a responsibility as a citizen. He was asked to run for Utah State Legislature House District 13 and was elected to He served two consecutive terms in the Utah State Legislative House District 13 from 1982-1986, serving as chair on House ethics committee.

In March of 2001, he retired and sold the agency. The expected "golden years" were cut short by onset of CIDP in April of 2002, which nearly took his life.

Kaye is survived by his brother Merle, two sisters, Clarie and Cara Lee; his 4 children, Mara (Mark) Shane, Las Vegas; Michael (Jennifer) Browning, North Salt Lake; Lynette (Lonny) Winterton, South Weber; Kelly (Teresa) Browning, Layton; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 gg grandson with another on the way.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, and one great grandson, Elijah Winterton.

A family service will be held at the Mountain View Chapel in South Weber on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Bishop Brent Tanner officiating. Interment will follow at the Uintah City Cemetery.

Thank you to the staff of Petersen Farms Assisted Living, Avamere at Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, South Ogden Skyline Branch, South Weber Pioneer Ward and South Weber 5th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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