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LaDell Guy Brown, 84, passed peacefully away on Friday, December 10, 2021, of natural causes surrounded by his family. Most recently he resided in Ogden Utah, however, he and his wife Eleanor raised their family mostly in Tooele County, Utah. They also lived in West Jordan, Utah; Bishop, California; and Price, Utah.

LaDell was born September 23, 1937, in Huntington, Utah, to Guy Adelbert Brown and Mary Jane Jones. He grew up on a dairy farm there. He graduated from North Emery High School, class of 1956. He was a member of the United States National Guard, serving from 1956 to 1963. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cibicue, Arizona from 1957 to 1959. Subsequently, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry along with a minor in Social Work. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of Utah in Social Work (MSW).

LaDell married Myra Eleanor Nielson on July 16, 1960, in the Manti Temple. They are the parents of 7 children.

LaDell started his career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Price, Utah. Throughout his career he was a Family and Marriage Counselor. He was also Director of Mental Health services in Bishop, California and Tooele, Utah. Although his counseling work was fulfilling, he missed a connection with farming and animals. In about 1974 he became a “gentleman farmer” (working at the office during the day, with evenings and weekends spent farming). LaDell and Eleanor bought a small farm in Erda, Utah where their family could be raised in a rural setting featuring the farm labor LaDell enjoyed. They raised grain, alfalfa, a large garden, and most common farm animals—including milk cows and horses. LaDell often quipped that his farm was “not an effort to raise money, but rather—to raise kids.”

LaDell was a fully committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His church service included being called as Bishop twice (Bishop, CA and Erda, UT) and as Stake President of the Grantsville, Utah Stake (1986 – 1994). Later he was President of the US Federal Halfway House Branch in Glendale, UT. He and Eleanor also served two missions together (Employment Center in Tooele, Utah and a teaching mission in Window Rock, Arizona). LaDell also served as a Temple Ordinance worker at the Salt Lake Temple for nine years.

LaDell is survived by his wife of 61 years, Myra Eleanor Brown; his children: Drake (Holly), Nordell (Diane), Devron (Dixie), Kristen Bright (Walt), Brendon (Rachelle), Adriann, Mitch (Amanda), and his sister, Marilyn Beck (Tom), as well as 37 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings (Myrna Brown, Garry Lamar Brown, Dorothy Lee Gackstetter); and Scott Whitear (son-in-law), Cynthia Dennis Brown (daughter-in-law), Jacob Whitear (grandson), and Stuart Drake Price (great-grandson).

A viewing will be held Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 415 W. Apple Street in Grantsville, UT from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.  The funeral will follow at 11:00 am. A graveside dedication will follow the funeral at the Tooele City Cemetery.

The funeral services will also be live streamed at

Flowers may be sent to the funeral address (above) to arrive at 9am December 18th (local florists will accommodate).

Arrangements in care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home. 435-884-3031   Online Condolences and memories may be shared at


  • Sally Dewsnup Posted December 13, 2021 10:04 pm

    I’m so sorry Dev and Dixie. He was such a good guy. My heartfelt condolences to the whole family.

  • Richard (Coach) Valdez Posted December 14, 2021 1:58 am

    So sorry to hear the passing of LaDell Brown. He was, along with his wife, one of the biggest wrestling fans we had at Tooele High over the years. The large family of fine young men and women. The boys kept adding to the wrestling team over several years. My thoughts and prayers go out to this fine family. Thanks for some great memories.

  • David and Jennifer Allred Posted December 14, 2021 2:02 am

    Eleanor and all of the Brown family, we are so sorry for the loss of LaDell. I loved to hear him talk in church, bear his testimony or just visit with him. He was an amazing man And We loved him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mel Christley Posted December 14, 2021 2:48 am

    I was so sad to learn of the passing of Pres. LaDell Brown. It was indeed a privilege and blessing to serve with him during his years as Stake President. He was a kind and loving leader who cared deeply about each member of our Grantsville Stake. My heartfelt condolences to Sis. Brown and all of their posterity. Due to being in the higher risk category for Covid-19, I’ll just be able to watch the broadcast of the funeral service for him. With my warmest personal regards, may the Holy Spirit comfort and support everyone grieving at his passing.

  • Shelley Moleton Schofield Posted December 15, 2021 7:13 pm

    To all of the Brown Family,
    LaDell was my Bishop when we lived in Big Pine, CA. My father Gerald Moleton ( who passed in 2007) was one of his counselors. He was a wonderful man who loved the Savior and his family with all his heart! My dad loved and admired him. One of my favorite memories was when he and Eleanor hosted a New Years party at their home in Bishop, as a youth growing up I knew my they loved us, I’m sure he will be missed greatly. Sending love and prayers to all of you. Love, Shelley Moleton Schofield

  • Michael Ayllon Posted December 16, 2021 11:14 pm

    My most deepest condolences. I loved Ladell so much. To me he was the most purest, divine and righteous man who I admired greatly. I know he is well and onto the next phase of our existence I can’t wait to meet him again some day. May the Lord bless him and his family always, a family he built that will bless this world for generations to come.

  • Valyn Messersmith Andrus Posted December 18, 2021 4:03 pm

    The family of Joyce Messersmith was saddened to hear of the passing of LaDell Brown. We were privileged to spend time with his amazing family in the Erda community He was a great example of dedication, leadership and kindness to us. Our love and prayers will be with his family.

  • Mike and Becky Vaughan Posted December 20, 2021 9:50 pm

    We will miss LaDell greatly. He was a great man, a good friend, and a good neighbor. I’m sure all of the family that he did work for in the Temple greeted him with great joy.

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