John E. Browne, Jr., 61, of Crawfordville, entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.
On May 1, 1957, John E. Browne, Sr. and Doris Hance Browne welcomed a baby boy into their loving Apalachicola home. After graduation from Chapman High School in Apalachicola, John decided to further his education at Florida State University.
In Sept. 1977 John joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served as a part of the Strategic Air Command. While serving he earned the rank of staff sergeant and received a number of awards and commendations, but was most proud of leading his team to victory in the Giant Sword Competition resulting in an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. After five years of service, he was honorably discharged and returned home to Apalachicola.
A true son of Florida, he loved all things that his beloved state offered. He'd often be found outdoors working with his hands, gardening, hunting or fishing.
John worked for the State of Florida for over 25 years. His career path eventually led him to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where his love for the outdoors and his career aspirations were combined. Currently he worked as the land programs administrator for the Florida Forest Service. During his tenure there, his passion for Florida was evident in his work. Because of this he received many accolades and awards. He was proud to have been named the Land Conservationist of the Year and The Conservation Friend of Florida, both in 2017.
Being a man of faith, John was a faithful member of River of Life Church in Crawfordville. He served as a board member and worked tirelessly to serve all of God's people. He especially cherished the opportunities he had to serve as a missionary in Mexico.
Of all the things John had accomplished in life, his family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time with his children John Mark, Kristen and Adam as well as his grandchildren and extended family.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
John is survived by his sons John Mark Browne (Angela Browne) and Adam Browne ; his daughter, Kristen Browne Wright (Jim Wright); grandchildren, John Mark Browne Jr., James Browne, Jacob Browne, Calynn Wright and Collins Wright; as well as his sister Mary Jane Vossler. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers, John James and Mark H. Browne.
On Tuesday, August 7, at 10 a.m., the Browne family will receive friends at The River of Life Church, 445 Donaldson-Williams Road Crawfordville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m., John will be interred with military honors at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Fish & Wildlife Florida in memory of John.