H. Martin Brown ("Marty") passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20,
2012, at his home on Grove Street in Rutland, Vt. with his family
at his side.
Marty was born on October 9, 1944 in Burlington, Vermont, the
son of State Senator Harold M. Brown and Helen Workman Brown of
Castleton, Vt. Marty graduated from Fair Haven High School in 1962,
and from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1967. Marty was a proud
8th generation Vermonter, and part of the H.M. Brown lineage.
After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan, Marty was involved in the
development of Killington Ski Area by managing real estate sales
for the Sherburne Corporation. Marty served as a second
lieutenant of the Vermont National Guard. In 1969, Marty
built Habro Incorporated on the Killington Access Road. Habro
originally included a service station, restaurant, delicatessen,
liquor store, and the famous "Harry's Broken Ski Lounge." Marty
owned and operated Habro for 43 years. In 1976, Marty married
Sharon White of Rutland. Marty and Sharon have a daughter and
In the summer, Marty lived on Lake Bomoseen where he enjoyed
swimming, water-skiing, and, in his later years, chugging along the
lake in his pride and joy - a fully restored 1951 Christ Craft
Riviera. Marty also loved competing on the golf course with his
sons and friends, and attending stock car races. In the winter,
Marty worked hard at Habro and took breaks from the garage on the
Killington ski slopes.
Marty lived life "his way," and was known for calling a spade a
spade. Marty will be most remembered for his larger than life
personality, sense of humor, and as a proud and loving husband,
father, and grandfather.
Marty was a member of the Grace Congregational United Church of
Christ. Marty was also a member of many organizations, including
the Rutland Country Club, Proctor Pittsford Country Club, Lake St.
Catherine Country Club, Lake Bomoseen Association (past president),
the Cairo Temple Shriners, the Free and Accepted Masons (Lee Lodge
#30 of Castleton, Vt.), Rutland Elks, Post 31 of the American
Legion, and the Loyal Order of the Moose.
Marty is survived by the following family members: his wife
Sharon; his daughter Heather Brown Kidde, husband Jonathan, and
their daughter Lily Lyon and son Luke Martin of Vergennes, Vermont;
his son Hunter M. Brown, wife Elizabeth, and their son Hudson Mason
of Harrison, New York; his son Justin A. Brown and wife Nusi Peczi
of Boston, Massachusetts; his sister Sally Laughlin and her husband
Peter Krusch of Cambridge, Vermont; his mother-in-law Norma White
Delfosse of Rutland; his brother-in-law Bradford White, wife Gail,
and their sons William and Derek and daughter Lindsey; his
sister-in-law Pamela Nuffort, husband Bob, and their daughter
Lauren and son Matt; his nephew James Laughlin, wife Rebecca, and
their daughter Adeline of Burlington; and a number of cousins
from the Workman family in the Burlington area.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 11
a.m. at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ at 8 Court
Street, Rutland, Vt. Reverend John C. Weatherhogg will be
officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Marty's
name to the Cairo Temple Shriners at 51 Washington Street, Rutland,
or to HEAL - Raising the World c/o the Grace Congregational
Church. The family will not be holding calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home.