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Update: Former Mesa Mayor Brown dies; funeral service is May 18
Wayne Brown

Update: Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the LDS Encinas Ward, 1100 N. Cooper Road in Gilbert, according to an update from the city of Mesa. Arrangements are under the direction of Bunker's Garden Chapel, 480-964-8686.

Former Mesa Mayor Wayne Brown died Tuesday, the city said.

The city of Mesa released the following yesterday:

It is with a heavy heart that the City of Mesa announces the passing of Mayor Wayne Brown on Tuesday, May 14. Mr. Brown served as mayor from 1996 to 2000. He also served as a councilmember from 1968 to 1976.

While in office, Mr. Brown led the effort to build the internationally acclaimed Mesa Arts Center. His passion was rewarded when in 1998 Mesa voters passed a quality of life measure that resulted in the construction of the world renowned center.

After completing his term as mayor, he and his wife, Kathye, led the private fundraising efforts. Working as a team, they broke their fundraising goal of $3.5 million by more than $1 million.

“Wayne was a visionary leader who believed in Mesa and was passionate about its future,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “Although he will be greatly missed, I am pleased that his legacy will continue to live on at the Mesa Arts Center’s Brown Sculpture Courtyard. He was a great example of positive civic leadership.”

District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh was a member of Mesa City Council when Brown was mayor.

“I was honored to serve on the city council with Mayor Brown from 1996 to 2000. He led Mesa into the 21st century and into an era of change in city government that continues today,” Ms. Kavanaugh said. “He had a quiet style that produced commanding results. His support of the arts and human services programs was exemplary. His service to our city throughout his lifetime set a high bar for others to follow.”

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife; sons Kent and Marty; daughter Elizabeth; 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his mother, Elva.

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