|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1951|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 1970|
Marvin Brown Jr. died in a plane crash October 2, 1970, along with 30 other Wichita State University football players, coaches, administrators, and supporters. Marvin was a graduate of Solomon High School in Solomon, Kansas. He wore number 26 and was a running back for the team. There is a memorial placed at the crash site that reads, "as time goes by, memories fade. But we will never forget..." The Marvin G. Brown Football Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory.
In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, a plane carrying WSU football players, athletic staff members and team boosters crashed at approximately 3 p.m. on a mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado while enroute to Logan, Utah for a game with Utah State University.
The "Gold" plane, a Martin 404, carried 36 passengers and a crew of four. Twenty-nine persons died at the scene. Trainer Tom Reeves and player John Taylor died later after receiving medical attention for their injuries.
Survivors of the crash were players Mike Bruce, John Hoheisel, Randy Jackson, Glenn Kostal, Dave Lewis, Keith Morrison, Bob Renner, Rick Stephens and co-pilot Ronald Skipper.
Football players and coaches on the "Black" plane were told of the crash by Bob Seaman, assistant coach, shortly after arrival in Logan, Utah. The game with Utah State was cancelled. WSU players spent the night in Logan and returned to Wichita by commercial plane Saturday.
A plane was made available by Governor Docking to take university officials and family of the survivors to Denver. Classes were cancelled Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held Monday evening at Cessna Stadium.
Marvin's Final Statistics at Wichita State University:
Rushing attempts: 44
Rushing yards: 203
Yards per carry: 4.6
Rushing touchdowns: 1
Yards receiving: 12
Average yards per reception: 12.0
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Total plays: 45
Total yards: 215
Yards per play: 4.8
Total touchdowns: 1
Marvin Brown (1921 - 2008)
Arbutus Brown (1920 - ____)
Prairie Mound Cemetery
Created by: Darrell Ames
Record added: Oct 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42875876