Ronnie  Brown

Ronnie Brown

December 1, 1942 - February 16, 2024

Ronnie R. Brown passed away on February 16, 2024, in McKinney, Texas, at the age of 81. He was born to Clifton and Dorothy Marie Smith Brown on December 1, 1942, in Corsicana, Texas.


After graduating from high school, Ronnie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served honorably for four years, receiving an honorable discharge alongside commendations including a Good Conduct Medal and a Rifle Expert Badge.


Ronnie pursued higher education from 1972 to 1975 at Abilene Christian University, where he graduated with a BS Degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Dallas Police Force in 1973, serving until his retirement in 1998. During his tenure, Ronnie was part of the SWAT team, contributed to security at the 1985 Republican Convention, and played a role in the security efforts for the 1994 World Cup.


Following his retirement from the Dallas Police Department, Ronnie briefly served as a Grayson County bailiff before being elected as a constable for Grayson County Precinct 8, a position he held from 1999 until 2000. Sheriff Keith Gary then appointed him as the Deputy Chief of Grayson County in 2000, where he served with dedication until his retirement in 2014. Ronnie continued to contribute to his community by working part-time as an Investigator at Grayson College, a role he cherished and held onto as long as possible. He maintained his status as a licensed peace officer and qualified marksman until 2021.


Ronnie married Sydney in 1968 in Oklahoma. Together, they raised their daughter, Raylene, and their son, Jason, taking great pride in providing for their family.


A beloved grandfather and great-grandfather, Ronnie deeply loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Sydney Brown of Pottsboro, Texas; son, Jason Brown and his wife, Shanna, of Pottsboro, Texas; grandchildren, Siobhan and Schuylar; great-grandchildren, Chandler and Charlie; sister, Brenda Kemp of McKinney, Texas; and numerous other family members and friends.


He was preceded in death by his daughter, Raylene Brown, and his parents, Clifton and Dorothy Marie Brown.


Ronnie’s legacy of service, dedication, and love for his family will be cherished by all who knew him.

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4 Comments on “Ronnie Richard Brown”

  • Jay Sims


    Ronnie Brown was a fine Officer and well liked at Dallas PD. When he was Chief Deputy at Grayson County SO, I was Chief Deputy at Fannin Co. SO. He was always available to help me, which I appreciated. RIP my friend. Jay Sims, Retired Dallas PD Officer

  • Michael J. Falls


    Our condolences to the family of Ronnie Brown. Ronnie was well liked and respected by fellow officers of the Dallas Police Department. May God bless and comfort his family at this time.
    Mike and Dora Falls (retired Dallas PD)

  • Kevin Nugent


    I had the pleasure of working with Ron at Grayson College. Ron was the type of person that just made everyone around him “better”. I know Ron enjoyed working at Grayson College but his true love was for his family. Ron was a proud husband, father and grandfather. Ron truly was one of the good guys.

    God bless and watch over this family.
    Kevin and Aidee Nugent

  • Ron Cowart


    I served with Ronnie for several years in the Dallas police SWAT team. He was a compassionate officer and well loved by his fellow officers. I’ll always remember his wonderful smile.

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