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Obituaries

William “Bill” Edward Vandergriff

William “Bill” Edward Vandergriff, age 40 of Surprise, Arizona passed away June 5, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born October 30, 1980 to Larry and Mary Lou Vandergriff in El Paso, Texas.

He is survived by his parents Larry and Mary Lou Vandergriff, his sister Amy Vandergriff, his niece Isela Vandergriff, his aunt and uncle Dolores and Tom Selves, his grandma Benny and his beloved dog Rocky.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard William Vandergriff and Stella Marie Vandergriff.

Donald “Donnie” Eugene Brown

Donald “Donnie” Eugene Brown, age 59 of Surprise, Arizona passed away June 4, 2021, in Surprise, Arizona. He was born December 16, 1961, to Donald Brown Sr. and Pearl Walters in Centralia, Illinois.

Donnie attended Centralia High School in Illinois and graduated in 1980. On September 16, 1984, Donnie married Patricia Downey. Donnie continued his education by attending Kaskaskia College, where he received an Associate’s Degree in 1994, and then attended Vanderbilt Medical University, where he completed the Radiation Therapy Program in 1995. Donnie worked as an MRI Technologist for Banner Health in Glendale, Arizona.

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Donnie and Patty went back to Hawaii and stayed at the same hotel as their honeymoon.   Donnie shared his love of hockey with his daughter Morgan, who he had given the nickname “Moe.” He and Morgan held season tickets for the Arizona Coyotes and had traveled to see the Chicago Blackhawks play. When Morgan participated in High School and Club Softball, Donnie and Patty would always attend the games and made it a family event. He was always the supportive dad. Donnie loved to host BBQs and entertain. He referred to their backyard as the “Brown’s Backyard Bitchin’ Kitchen.” He was known as the “BBQ Master” and often bragged that he made the best pulled pork.

He is survived by his wife, Patty, and his daughter Morgan of Surprise, Arizona, a brother Jerry Brown and wife Carla of Walnut Hill, Illinois, his mother-in-law Doris Downey of Ashley, Illinois, his brother-in-law Bob Downey and wife Tracie of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, his nieces Angie Brown, Ashley Sears and Emma Sears and his nephews Derek Sears, Andrew Brown, Dakota Korzenewski, Ledger Cullins-Sears, Rob Downey and Thomas Downey.

He is preceded in death by his father Donald Brown Sr., his mother Pearl Brown, his sister Paula Sears, and his nephew Shawn Brown.

The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lynn Marie Dela Cruz

Lynn Dela Cruz, 57 of Surprise, Arizona passed away on May 29, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. She was born March 20, 1964, to Roy Bobbitt Sr. and Jean Lord in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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