October 15, 1925 – February 9, 2017
Burt Brownfield, a longtime pioneer and resident of West Texas and Van Horn graduated to be with the Lord on February 9, 2017. He was 91 years old. Burt was born October 15, 1925 in Hatch, New Mexico. He was the oldest son of Ed and Katharine Brownfield. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Doris Ann, his daughter, Kristy and by his two siblings, Babe Jernigan and Frank Brownfield.
A memorial service to celebrate Burt’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Van Horn, Texas on February 18, 2017 at 10:30 in the morning (Central Time). Everyone is invited to come and participate in the celebration. Donations can be made in Burt’s name to this church he loved or to any charity you respect. There will also be a short, Masonic Rites service held on the grounds at the conclusion of the memorial service.
Burt has donated his body to the Texas Tech Medical School in El Paso for students to further their medical education. Burt follows Doris Ann in continuing to teach through this generous donation.
Burt was a Veteran of the Second World War and served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Lander an Auxiliary Personnel Attack ship. Seaman Brownfield was assigned to the Lander’s First Division as the driver of one of the ship’s landing craft.
Burt was a farmer and rancher in Dell City, Texas before moving with his family to Van Horn in 1970. Dad was a teacher at Van Horn School for many years and retired from that profession. However, he was first and always a cowboy and was able to continue that occupation as a rancher on the Green River Ranch South of Van Horn. He always enjoyed being part of the Grand Entry Procession at numerous rodeos over the years with his many cowboy friends.
Burt passed away quietly at the Culberson Hospital surrounded by friends, family and the wonderful staff at that excellent facility. Burt and his family wish to express our profound gratitude for the love and care he received at the hospital while he dealt with the effects of a stroke he suffered last May.
Burt is survived by his long-time companion Maria Martinez and her son Jaime. He is also survived by his children, Lee Brownfield & Ramon Pizzi; Tom Brownfield & Deborah Eubank; Karen; Milt & Kelly. Burt is also remembered by his grandchildren, Michael Brownfield & Danny Percefull; Andrew & Natalia; Jill, Quinn & Cole; Jackson; Josh & Jake. Burt is also survived by his great grandchild James Tomás Brownfield.