Gary E. Brown

March 15, 1965 ‒ February 11, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: As a local sports broadcaster, Gary’s radio handle was “the big round mound of radio sound.”  He reported the color commentary on the local sports scene for WMAN.  For decades, Gary’s familiar voice was heard broadcasting local high school basketball. He also reported on most all high school sports in the Richland County area.  A big man with an even bigger heart, Gary E. Brown passed away at his Lexington home, Saturday evening, February 11, 2017 following an extended illness.  He was 51.

The son of Raymond and Maxine (Miller) Brown, Gary was born March 15, 1965.  He graduated from Lexington High School in 1982.  He also completed broadcasting school in Columbus.

His passion in high school sports led to Gary’s involvement with the Madison baseball and the American Legion baseball programs.  He also followed the Buckeyes, Indians, Cavs, and Browns.

He is survived by his father Raymond Brown of Lexington, brother Ed (Vickie) Brown of Lexington; nephews Nick Brown, Greg (Heather) Brown and Eric Brown and his fiancé Sidney Coldsnow; great nephews Bryson, Cayden, and Brayden; Aunt Virginia (Bob) Jourdan of Olathe, Kansas; cousin Beth (Rick) Dillon of Lenexa, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother Maxine Brown in 2014.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 1-3 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 3 pm.  Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Richland County Humane Society may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Heart goes out to brown family couldn’t come home from a high school game withou tuning in to Gary great person and great freind he will be missed

  • We here at the radio ranch will miss Gary. He was one of us, part of the special brotherhood of broadcasters. Anyone who listened to sports in the Mansfield area knew his deep booming voice. Though his voice is silenced, we’ll all have good memories of Gary behind the microphone. R.I.P. Mr. Brown.

  • Ed and Vickie,
    Thinking of you – hopefully you have many good memories to help you through this difficult time.

  • Very sad to hear about the passing of Gary. He was very kind and complimentary of our two sons that went through the Madison Baseball program. God Bless Gary and his entire family…

    Mark and Sheri Blanchard

  • I am beyond sad to hear of Gary’s passing, yet filled with too many fond memories to count of times spent working together for 19 years at WMAN. Trips to Columbus for the state basketball tournaments, The Varsity Club on Lane Avenue, Papa Joe’s on High Street, and the late, great Subway Bar to see Gene White “holding court” also stand out. I remember the day in 1990 when John Foster hired him and introduced him to me…I am sure Gene has welcomed him into “Radio Heaven” with open arms…they’ll have a lot to talk about! Rest in Peace, “Big Man”…you’ll be sadly missed by all who knew you.

  • A beloved member of Lexington High School class of 1983, not 1982. We are all shocked and devastated at the loss of our longtime brother.

    We all have memories of you standing head and shoulders taller than the rest of us through grade school. We also remember a gentle soul, a big smile, and a happy guy. We have been proud of your accomplishments for over 33 years Gary.

    You were loved by us all. Your classmates of Lexington High School class of 1983.

  • Tami DeLong had it right! Such a great guy! Gary was kind to everyone — no matter how odd or what problem you had! One of those guys that was always there and genuine — he had no agenda. Great memories of Gary –Class of ’83 will miss you! Condolences to family and friends. Godspeed Gary!

  • Sorry for your loss Ray, Vicky and Ed. Used to hear Gary on the radio all the time. Prayers for your family.

  • Class of ’83 has lost a Golden Heart but Heaven has gained an Angel !! Gary was my good friend our last 2 years at Big Lex .
    Fun memories of going to Pizza Hut with Gary after football and basketball games !!
    My heart goes out to the Family of Gary Brown !!
    He will be missed by many !!

  • During my stint as high school principal at St. Peter’s, leading prayer before our home basketball games was an honor I enjoyed. Gary used to tell me to “put in a prayer for the radio guys” and I did just that many times. I am still praying for you, Mr. Brown. Thank you for your kindness and good example in a world in which that kind of great sportsmanship is what we want to teach children and adults alike every day. Maybe you can guide us from Heaven to love one another better and to be the sort of kinder, gentler person that you were. I was always happy to see you at our games and to hear your voice on the radio. All was well when Gary Brown was in the house. God bless you!

  • Brown Family, So sorry to hear of your loss and hope you know we are praying for your family. Richard & Joan Porter

  • I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. What a nice man he was indeed. Many years ago, Gary and I found that we were born at Mansfield General Hospital on the very same day, March 15, 1965. We often joked that we probably had bassinets next to each other. God speed my friend. You will be missed by so many!

  • Definitely gonna miss the Big Man Gary Brown on WMAN. Listened to him for many years. Deepest condolences to the entire family!

  • RIP Big Man! Your voice is memorable, as are all the great times we all shared with you in High School! Class of 83 is saddened over this loss, I am sure you are interviewing Woody and Bo up there, Hope you are in your hayday! We will keep you in our prayers, and your family as well, rest easy my friend!

  • Listening to high school basketball games will never be the same. Gary had one of the greatest radio voices. His genuine love for the game came through so clearly. I always enjoyed his commentary on the kids, the coaches and the officials. He was just a class act and will be greatly missed. Many condolences to his family and friends.

  • So sorry to hear of Gary ‘s passing, living across the street from him while he was growing up and playing with my boys may Gary RIP

  • Gary will always be part of our class 1983, along with others who have passed. There are a lot of us in the class that started kindergarten at Lexington and proudly graduated from there. Gary was always a friend to anyone who met him. I never heard him speak an unkind word as long as I knew him.
    Sadly, I will be out of state for the funeral but his family and friends are in my prayers.
    Heaven certainly gained an Angel 😇

  • My Condolences to his family and friends. Working with Gary at WMAN was one of the best experiences of my radio career. Gary always had a story to tell about radio in the old days and of course he loved talking sports anytime. Gary was a walking talking encyclopedia of local sports information. If you wanted to know something about local sports Gary could almost always answer your question. I am so thankful I got the chance to work with Gary. He was a big man with a heart of gold. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was a student of mine in Phy. Ed. Class. I think he was a gym aide for me every semester of his Jr. and Sr. Years. He just loved being around sports. He was one of my favorite students. Always loved hearing him on the radio. Prayer for his family and loved ones. RIP Big Guy.

  • Sorry to hear this. Watched many a baseball games with Gary. Glad to have known him. He truly has left his mark on our community. RIP…..

  • It wasn’t a Friday night game without the voice of Gary. His big voice behind you on the bench broadcasting the games will always be a memory. His beautiful smile and friendly handshake was always something I looked forward to prior to taking the court. Thankful for the memories.
    Sending love and prayers to the family at this time. Heaven gained one beautiful Angel.