It is with sadness that I learned shortly ago that Matthew B. Brown has passed away. He was dealing with complications after a heart failure incident which occurred on September 23rd while he was in the BYU library. He was about 47 years old. He will be sorely missed.
Matt Brown was a well-known scholar, historian, lecturer, and author of LDS temple and gospel studies, and a great influence and inspiration to me, and I’m sure many others. One of his first books, The Gate of Heaven, was one of my first readings that inspired me to learn and study more about the temple, and helped me gain a strong love and testimony of the temple and the restored gospel.
His works include ten major books, many papers and articles in scholarly publications, lectures in a variety of venues, producer of a DVD documentary, and founded an annual gospel-centered symposium, EXPOUND. He wrote two guests posts for this blog, for which I was very grateful – The Lord Speaks Again: Ancient Temple Patterns In D&C 124, and Sanctuary Vesture: A Brief Overview And Comparison. He will be a great asset to the Lord’s work on the other side of the veil.
Memorial services will be held in roughly two weeks to allow his mother, who is in poor health, to attend. His burial is this Saturday. He is survived by his wife Jaimie.
Matt and his wife, Jaimie, didn’t have insurance, and she is now left with large medical bills and burial costs to pay. An account has been set up for donations (100%) to Jaimie on the FAIR website at this link: http://bookstore.fairlds.org/product.php?id_product=1261
Please share your thoughts and memories about Matt Brown in the comments.