Cazzie Darnell Brown

August 14, 1974 - August 27, 2017
Service Date:
Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Service Location:
Hillcrest High School

"One Pack, One Goal" 

Coach Cazzie Darnell Brown went to God's Greater Glory Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the University of Utah Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness. Brown, 43, was beloved husband of 17 years to Heather Elizabeth (Bruce) Brown and father of Bishop, Judge, and Marlo Brown. 

He was a graduate of Idaho State University and the University of Utah. Brown taught Physical Education at The McGillis School and Hillcrest High School and was the head football coach at Hillcrest. 

Brown was raised in Houston, Texas, and came to Idaho State on a full ride football scholarship, where he played defensive line. As a teacher and coach, Brown was beloved for his leadership development and sense of humor.  He recently received The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award. 

He is remembered for his deep love of Jesus, his unconditional love, motivation, mentoring, and his never-give-up attitude.  His mottos "Make it Work," "Shooter," "Swoosh" and "Sprint" ring in the ears of his players and students. 

Along with his wife and children, Brown is survived by his brother Kenny Goines (Char) of Salt Lake City; sisters Champaigne Goines and Dutchess Goines of Houston; father Richard Goines of Houston; mother-in-law Beth Bruce; brother-in-law David Bruce of Salt Lake City; father-in-law Jim Bruce (Micki) of Rigby, Idaho; along with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother Fannyé Goines, brother-in-law Jimmy Bruce and his grandparents.

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All people in Coach Brown's life are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Hillcrest High School, 7350 South 900 East, Midvale. Guests are encouraged to come wearing Green/Football attire. The service will be streamed live at  He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. 

"You can ignite many candles without diminishing your own flame." - Cazzie Brown

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