Bryce Dee Brown, 33, loving husband, daddy, son, brother, and friend, lost his battle with melanoma on October 25, 2007. His entire family surrounded him, held him, and told him funny stories as he passed. For 100 days, Bryce fought with all his might to kill cancer. He fought for his wife Tammy (Sellers), 32, his 9 month-old baby Danika, for his family, and for all those who face this insidious disease. He approached this fight with great dignity, optimism and valor, which was par for his course.
Bryce endured and triumphed over more trials than most would ever know. His love for life, good natured personality, brightness and charm carried him through these tough times, especially through this final conflict.
All of his hard work and determination paid off when he married his best friend and love of his life, Tammy, just 5 years ago in the Salt Lake Temple. They loved each other more than anything, and with the birth of their daughter Danika this year, felt ready to take on the world. How quickly life changes, and it is up to each of us to decide how we will be affected. Bryce knew that. He chose to be strong. He chose to be happy.
Family was the most important thing to Bryce, as his family buoyed him and loved him through his darkest challenges. He owes so much of his accomplishments and joys to his father Roger, his mother Jeen, sister Jenni, and brothers Brady and Brian (deceased). Bryce wanted more than anything to attend Brady's wedding to Ashley (Broderick) in just 3 weeks. He will be there, as all of us know. He was deeply loved by Tammy's family: Dan and Marian Sellers, Holly and Clark (Chamberlain), Scott and Amy, and Steffani and Nic (Clark) who never considered him an in-law, but as part of the Sellers family. Bryce adored children, especially his nieces and nephew, McKenna, Ella, Addy, Isaac, Avery, Camryn and Brooklyn.
While we all mourn the loss of this remarkable man, we celebrate his life and his spirit, and will watch him live on in his daughter. Bryce's personality was strong, and it was fun to see what he would "binge" on next. He loved "dogging" with his dad, until it was replaced by Porsches and auto crossing, which was replaced with golfing. Once upon a time, he was an avid mountain biker and skier, and played baseball. Bryce was smart, as everybody who attended school with him at Bountiful High (1992), University of Utah, and University of Phoenix would attest. He was working toward a business degree, which he utilized while working at Bintz Restaurant Supply.
Bryce believed in tissue donation, his wife's passion and career, and became a donor as a final act of love for others. We all loved this big, strong, "doorway" of a man. A special thank-you goes to his friend Bishop Beattie, for visiting him every day without fail during his 100-day battle. Thanks to Dr. Gordon Watson and Dr. James Pearl for giving him the opportunity to fight this dreaded disease with all the determination he had to give. Thanks to the remarkable staff on East 8 at LDS Hospital and the loving staff at LDS Hospital radiation therapy for believing in the fight, taking care of his entire family, and shedding tears with his passing. Thanks to the staff at Discovery House, who loved him and saved his life 8 years ago.
Every tragedy offers a chance to change the world. I, Tammy Brown, will do my part to honor Bryce by joining the fight against melanoma. Stay away from tanning beds! Protect yourself from the sun! Have your moles checked! Melanoma is preventable, so don't actively seek it. Melanoma kills.
A viewing was held Monday, October 29th, from 6-8 pm at Lindquist Mortuary in Bountiful, 727 N. 400 E.(Orchard Drive). Another viewing was held Tuesday, October 30, from 9:45-10:45, followed by a funeral service to honor our fallen warrior at the Val Verda 9th Ward Chapel in Bountiful, 3317 S. 800 W. at 11:00am.This service was open to all of Bryce's supporters. If you would like to donate, our cause is the Melanoma Research Foundation. Read about Bryce's fight at www.brycedbrown.com. We will always love you, Brycey. "We're Killing Cancer!"
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