Chaplain Lt Colonel Nicholas Alden Brown was born June 4, 1945 in Alamosa, Colorado to Mabel Louise Sego and Robert Wallace Brown, the third of six children. His family moved to Smithfield, Utah and then to Melbourne, Florida, where he grew up on the Deseret Farms of Florida Cattle and Citrus Ranch. He was a faithful and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints his entire life.\n\nWhile growing up in Florida, Alden participated in all sorts of ranch work. He enjoyed the life of a cowboy and particularly loved working with animals. He was very active in sports throughout high school and was voted “friendliest” and “most poised.” It was at a stake seminary outing on the ranch that he met Tanya Marie George of Daytona Beach (very much not a cowgirl), who became the love of his life. After Alden’s LDS mission to the Northern States, and after he joined the Florida Army National Guard, they drove from Florida to Utah in a VW Bug (with Alden’s 6 ft tall mother as chaperone) to be sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were married on August 11, 1967.\n\nBefore deciding to go back to school, Alden worked for Trans World Airlines at Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center as a human resource manager. In 1969, Alden and Tanya left Florida with Nick, their firstborn, to attend Brigham Young University. In Utah, four more children were born and Alden continued his military service by joining the Utah National Guard. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Alden worked for BYU as Supervisor of Student Employment. At the encouragement of family members, he applied for a chaplaincy endorsement from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and entered BYU again as a student, completing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He entered active federal service as an LDS chaplain in December 1976.\n\nHis active duty assignments and training took the family to Fort Knox, Kentucky; Würzburg, Germany; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado; Seoul, Korea; Fort Bragg, North Carolina (again); Seoul, Korea (again); William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas.\n\nThroughout Alden’s military career, their family grew to include a total of eight children, and although the life of a large military family was challenging at times, it helped them all gain an appreciation for each other, for their country and other countries, and for the hand of God in their lives. \n\nOne of the highlights of his military career was his time at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and jump master. He attended jump school at age 38 and made over 100 jumps. During his second tour at Fort Bragg, Alden was an LDS bishop in a servicemen’s ward. He and his family had a tremendous influence on the lives of many young soldiers who were away from home.\n\nChaplain Brown retired from the Army in May 1998 and accepted a position with Intermountain HealthCare in Provo, Utah, as Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s first hospital chaplain. Not only was he instrumental in getting a new chapel built in the hospital, but he worked closely with social workers, medical staff and patients from all walks of life in seeking out the spiritual help they needed during challenging times. He paved the way for future chaplains at the hospital to help serve the spiritual needs of the community.\n\nHe retired from IHC in 2007 so that he and Tanya could serve a full-time mission together for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Daejeon, Korea.\n\nAlden was a devoted husband and father and a tireless worker in all areas of his life. He was always ready to serve all people, and he went above and beyond in any task he was asked to perform. His beloved wife, Tanya, worked by his side and often had to manage their large family alone while Alden was gone on assignments, sometimes months at a time.\n\nAlden always demonstrated a deep love for God. As a missionary and a leader, he was bold and unafraid. His example of obedience to the Savior, Jesus Christ has greatly blessed the lives of his children and countless others.\n\nHe is survived by his dear wife Tanya, his children, Nick (Elizabeth), Craig (Janell), Gina (Duncan) Peterson, Amanda (David) Pettijohn, Curtis (Cindy), Chad (Maizie), Diannah (Dan) Platt, Nancy (Kevin) Bunnell, 36 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, as well as his five siblings (Cleo, Arlo, Bonnie, Roger and Ivan).\n\nFuneral services will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Battlecreek Eighth Ward Chapel, 1222 Nathaniel Drive, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00-10:45 am prior to funeral services. Interment will be in the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah with military honors conducted by the Timpanogos Honor Guard.