Former Mesa Mayor Wayne Brown dies

MESA, AZ - The City of Mesa announced Wednesday that former Mayor Wayne Brown died on Tuesday, May 14.

Brown served as Mayor from 1996 to 2000. He also served as a Councilmember from 1968 to 1976.

Mayor Brown was well-known for leading the effort to build the internationally acclaimed Mesa Arts Center. In 1998 Mesa voters passed a quality of life measure that resulted in the construction of the world renowned center.

"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."

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the LDS Encinas Ward, 1100 N. Cooper Rd. in Gilbert. Arrangements are under the direction of Bunker's Garden Chapel, (480) 964-8686.

According to the East Valley Tribune, Mayor Brown is survived by his wife Kathye; sons Kent and Marty; daughter Elizabeth; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren and his mother, Elva.

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