Orlando Brown, Age :81

Oct 27,1938---Nov 03,2019

Orlando Brown, age 81, of Las Vegas, NM passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Orlando is preceded in death by his parents Eli and Cleofas Brown, and sister Eloisa Gallegos.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diolinda (Dollye) Brown; daughters Monica (Lawrence) and Phyllis (Edward); grandchildren Estevan, Fabian (Mallorie), Estrella, Lisa (Ricardo), Gina, Rocky (Fran); nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister Roselia (Ross).

He was born October 27, 1938, in Las Tablas, NM.  He graduated from McCurdy High School in 1958.  He then attended Westmar University and obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in 1962.  He also obtained a Master’s of Arts at New Mexico Highlands University in 1972. 

Orlando was a professor and football coach at McCurdy High School, Eastern New Mexico University, and New Mexico Highlands University.  He was also responsible for bringing the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) to Las Vegas, NM, which he was the Director for many years.  He taught and was the Assistant Principal at Pojoaque High School.  He was also the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Las Vegas. 

Orlando enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling, fishing, woodworking, and cheering on his Denver Broncos.  He believed in living life to the fullest and never passing up opportunities.  He was a devoted family man that adored his loved ones.  His kindness, guidance, and generosity was a gift to all of the lives he touched. 

Our family’s gratitude is endless, and our love is boundless to everyone who has reached out and been there for us.  Special thank you to Ambercare Hospice, Professional Home Health Care and Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe.

A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, beginning at 9:00 am at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas, NM.  Burial services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in El Llano, NM at 2:00 pm. 

Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road ~ Santa Fe

(505) 395-9150

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David S. Montez Nov 06 ,2019

Football player & Colleague ,Katy ,Texas

My Condolences to the entire Family! You will be missed my friend Shorty Brown!!! 🌹❤️

Betsy Montano Nov 06 ,2019

Family friend ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

Monica and family, My deepest condolences for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May He Rest In Peace. Betsy Montano and family

Thomas Paul Trujillo Nov 06 ,2019

Friend ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

My deepest condolences to your family. May Orlando rest in eternal peace. ❤

Annette Quintana Nov 07 ,2019

I am so sorry for your loss, I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

David L. Otero Nov 07 ,2019

My deepest condolences to the Brown family. May Orlando rest in peace and May God Bless the families!

Michael L. Dillard Nov 07 ,2019

Ex-player/ coach/friend ,El Paso ,Texas

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” Shorty Orlando Brown, thank you for all the memories and love that you and your lovely wife Dolly and family gave to us at ENMU and NMHU. RIP Spike Dillard #42

Ronald T. Spriggs Nov 08 ,2019

football Player ,Amarillo ,Texas

Coach Brown and I were never real close, but I always had a great respect for him. And, I believe he respected me. I am sad to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace. Coach Brown, thank you for all the encouragement you gave me.

Larry Mason Nov 08 ,2019

Friend ,Las Vegas ,Nevada

My heart felt condolences to the family ...Mr. Orlando ( Shorty Brown) you will be missed. I will continue to pray for you.

Natalie Gallegos Nov 08 ,2019

Cousin ,Espanola ,New Mexico

Our family would like to extend our condolences to the Brown Family. My grandma Eloisa was your fathers sister. My dad was Frank Gallegos. My father passed away in September . So it was very unfortunate that we did not meet his moms side of the family. Please know that you are all in our prayers ! Love Natalie Gallegos


FRIEND ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

Monica and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I didnt have the honor to meet your dad and am sure I would have been so blessed to have met him. May GOD give you and your family strength during this difficult time and always. GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND.

Richard A. Martinez (R.A.) Nov 10 ,2019

Teacher/ coach ,Espanola ,New Mexico

Dolly, Phyllis and the rest of the Brown family. My sincerest condolences for your loss. May Orlando's soul rest in peace and may God bless you all today and always.

Bill Bleil Nov 11 ,2019

My family and I would like to express our sorrow and condolences to one of the best men I have had the pleasure to call my friend. Many Life Lessons!!

Pres Nov 12 ,2019

Friends ,Espanola ,New Mexico

To the family, We are so sorry to hear Of Orlando. Passing, He was a great guy. He will be missed even tho He had already moved to the big City, Press &. Maria Garcia.

James Roybal Nov 13 ,2019

Friend ,San Antonio,

My condolences Coach.

Lance "Buff" Farris Nov 13 ,2019

Ex player and student at ENMU ,Midland ,Texas

My deepest condolences to the family of Coach Shorty Brown. I played football for ENMU for four years at ENMU and was a student in his health class. He was a good man and someone we could always go to if we had a problem. RIP Coach Brown.

Robin Carlson Nov 13 ,2019

Dollye and family, I was sorry to hear about the passing of Orlando. Holding you and your family in my prayers. Robin

Bernard M Rogers Nov 14 ,2019

Played for and Coached with ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Coach Brown was such a great roll model for his players and those of us who coached with him. Thank You coach for the lesson you taught me. R.I.P. COACH

Debbie Jo Almager Nov 16 ,2019

Former student and friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My sincere condolences to the Brown family. Coach was an amazing man I'm thankful for his guidance in shaping my professional career.

Diedra Crady Nov 16 ,2019

Family Friend ,Alexandria, VA ,Virginia

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all!

Ruth Cristo Nov 16 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My thoughts and prayers are with you through this sad time. May God's strength be with you. I have the fondest memories of our times together. The NYSP family. I thank God for letting Coach and your family to be part of my life. Ruth Cristo