- Published: 28 August 2015
October 18, 1956 - August 15, 2015
Brian Browning, 58, died August 15, 2015 in a Des Moines, Iowa hospital following a heart attack. Memorial services were held at the First Unitarian Church in Des Moines on August 20. Brian was born October 18, 1956 in Manhattan, Kansas, and spent his elementary school years in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His high school years were spent in Auburn, Nebraska where he graduated, and then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on a Regent’s scholarship with a major in Anthropology and English. He later earned an MBA at Iowa State University. He married Mary Kay Reser of Des Moines, Iowa. He was a Historic Preservation Technician for Terrace Hill, until he won his MBA, then became Administrator for the mansion. He served under Governors Terry Branstead, Tom Vilsac, and Chet Culver. He also taught history classes at Simpson College. Brian is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Kay Reser; daughters Amelia, Lillian and Madeline, and son Sam. He is also survived by his parents Everett and Laurel Browning of Peru, Nebraska and his brother Gene and wife Shiang, their son Warren and daughter Pajia, all of San Marcos, Texas.