September 15, 1938-April 30, 2019
On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Olin Wheeler Brown, loving husband and father of two children, passed away peacefully at the age of 80. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Rd., College Station, TX 77845 at 11:00 am.
Olin was born on September 15, 1938 in Dallas, TX, to Olin Sanders Brown and Ruby Jo (Wheeler) Brown. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1956. Olin attended Texas A&M, was a member of the class of ‘60 and received a degree in Industrial Education. He was a proud snare drummer in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and served as Drum Major of the White Band. After graduation, Olin was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, serving from 1961-1965. On April 14,1962, he married Sue Germany. Married for 57 years, Sue and Olin raised two children, Scott and Sara Lynn. His career was spent at Texaco as a sales engineer for the lubricants division where he was able to apply his unique talent for conversation for many years.
Olin had a passion for working with his hands. He was a master craftsman and designed and built countless kites, model airplanes and dollhouses for his children. It seemed as if there was nothing he did not know how to fix, whether it was meticulously repairing a piece of handcrafted doll furniture or rebuilding the engine of a Camaro. Olin was an Eagle Scout and spent years enjoying passing on the Scouting tradition. He, along with Sue, served as a Cub Scout and Webelo Den Leader for his son. After retirement, Olin spent many years as a merit badge counselor with his grandson’s troop, Boy Scout Troop 1222 mentoring numerous scouts in College Station. He was proud to pass on his Eagle Scout medal to his only grandson in 2017.
Olin truly never met a stranger, and he enjoyed conversation on every level. He loved a good prank, as was evident by his many stories from being an Aggie cadet. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious laugh, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He enjoyed his reunion work with his Woodrow Wilson Class of ’56 and also with the A&M Class of ’60, of whom he was proudest for their donations to the Association of Former Students’ Donors Fund – Aggie Rings for Veterans.
Olin was preceded in death by his father, Olin Sanders, his mother, Ruby Jo, and an infant older brother.
He is survived by his wife Sue, his two children and their spouses, Scott and Tracy Brown, and Sara Lynn and Matt Willis, granddaughters Reagan Brown and Lauren Willis, and grandson Brent Willis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to any one of the organizations dear to him: The Association of Former Students Donors Fund Aggie Rings for Veterans (designated specifically to the Class of ’60 fund), Boy Scout Troop 1222 in College Station, or Covenant Presbyterian Church.
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