017 Donald E. Brown, 78 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:52 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. He was born on February 20, 1938 in Stonington, Ill. the son of Alyah and Martha (Dooley) Brown. He married Janet S. Kinnett on December 21, 1958 in Taylorville, Ill. Don retired as Chief Deputy Sheriff for Christian County Sheriff’s office and also served as assistant fire Chief for Taylorville Fire Department and was the founding member and Chief of the Taylorville Rescue Squad. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of AMVETS post #23. Surviving are his daughter: Tamara Thomas of Taylorville, Ill.; son: Jeffrey (April) Brown of Taylorville, Ill.; grandchildren: Quinton (Margaret) Thomas of Davenport, Fla. and Nathan Brown and companion Tiarra Hill of Taylorville, Ill.; brother-in-law: Lee Roy DeLay of Taylorville, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Beverly DeLay. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.