Colten David Brown

Born: Thu., Jun. 27, 1996
Died: Wed., Jan. 6, 2021


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 16, 2021
Location: Praise Fellowship Church

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Jan. 16, 2021
Location: Praise Fellowship Church

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Colten David Brown, 24, of Edinboro, PA, formerly of Tidioute and Warren, passed away Jan. 6, 2021, following a courageous battle with COVID-19. He is the son of David Brown (Linda Shields) and Pamela Bright (Marvin). He was born June 27, 1996 at Warren General. He grew up in Tidioute and Warren and is a graduate of Warren Area High School. He furthered his education at JCC and Penn State Behrend, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was very proud to be an officer with the Erie County Adult Probation and Parole office, as well as an Amway Consultant. Colt touched many people’s lives. He was a cheerleader to others through his daily Snapchat’s, messages and his use of inspirational quotes and bible verses. He has been described by his friends as loyal, inspirational, and having a true heart of gold. Anyone that encountered Colt knew he had an infectious smile coupled with an enormous bear hug he used every day to make someone’s day brighter. If people needed Colt, he was there, no questions asked. Colten enjoyed living life to the fullest. Some of Colt’s hobbies include working on his truck (Rhonda), going to the gym, fishing with Ryan, and hunting especially his recent trip to Montana with his Father and Brother. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his niece and nephews. Colt was a member of Praise Fellowship Church, Delta Chi Fraternity, North Star Lodge #241, Farrah Grotto, and the Penn State Behrend Competitive Cheer Team. He was also a past Mr. Penn State Behrend. Colt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Russell and Dolores Brown and his maternal grandparents, Gordon and Iva Clover. As well as his parents, survivors include his brother, Cody Brown (wife Meggi), stepbrother Brandon Shields (fiancé Jacqueline Couch), Step-Sister Patricia Shields (fiancé Enrique Sanchez), Step-Brother Chris Bright (wife Toryn), niece Adley Brown, nephews William and Emilio Sanchez, nephew Keenan and Levi Bright, niece Raena Bright, as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins. Family and friends will be received at the memorial Saturday, Jan. 16 from 1:00-4:00pm at Praise Fellowship, (7451 Market Street, Russell, PA.) A brief service will follow in the church sanctuary, beginning with a Masonic Funeral Service. CDC guidelines will be strictly adhered to. The options to attend are as follows: Included with the indoor memorial, there will also be a funeral registry book to sign at the side entrance for those who wish to remain outdoors. The service may be heard from your vehicle tuning in to 87.9 FM within the church parking lot, as well as streamed online through Facebook at In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Farrah Grotto, PO Box 553, Warren, PA 16365.

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Pamela Lucks
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
We met Colten through hmRyan and Kim. He always had the biggest smile and it was contagious. He's truly going to be missed by everyone who knew him. Our deepest sympathies to all of his loved ones. Praying for strength and peace.
In God's love,
Pam and David Lucks

Bill and Cindy Caputo
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
From a small child to an accomplished adult. Our sympathy and prayers to all of his family.32

Mrs Schreck
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Colten was in my class at WCCC and I will never forget his great bear hugs. He was never afraid to share them when he saw I needed one. It was great to see a student show his faith so willingly. It made me smile every time.
Please know that I will be praying for all of you through this time. I know Colten is giving his hugs away as we speak. The hug he gave/got from God must have been emotional.

Melissa Turner
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
I am so sorry Pam. It has been years since I have seen you and your boys. This came as a shock. There are no words I can say except I am sorry and praying for you and your family.

Jodi Carter
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
You my cousin were the youngest of the first cousins, it's unfair. I used to find it funny when we would take our walks and people who and people who would see us together and think you were my boyfriend, the Lord knows I was old enough to be your mom it made me laugh the conversations we would have work great. I will cherish this time I had with you and enjoy every memory. I will miss you but you will always be loved and in my heart.

Jim campbell
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Sorry to hear of your families loss. At least you can rest assured that he is in no pain anymore, and in Gods hands

Craig & Cathy Steinkamp
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
It came with a great deal of regret that we learned of Colten's passing. As a young boy he was always pleasant to meet up with him and his family,and great to be around as a young worker,always like a breath of fresh air and always had a refreshing humor. Our deepest sympathy to Colten's entire family and know our prayers are with you in this tragic time.

Chris McQueen
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
I met Colten as co-adviser for Student Senate at JCC. He was smart, sweet, funny, and so very kind. He gave the biggest bear hugs, not just because he was a little bear himself, but because he just loved people. The world has lost a wonderful soul way too soon.

Carole n Steve Klaue
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
Very sad to go so young. No matter how long you love a child, it is never easy to lose them. Blessings and love sent to all. Oxoxox

Michelle (Wyman) Bartosek
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
I had the honor and pleasure of having Colten in my first grade class in Tidioute. I remember his sense of humor, even at that young age. He always had a smile. He was so smart. I knew he would do well as he grew older. I ran into him and two of his friends at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago. He made a point of stopping me to say hello. What a pleasant young man I remember thinking. I was so proud of him when he told me what he had been doing with his life. I am so sad to hear of his passing. You have my deepest sympathy.

Barry LaCastro
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
All though we never met. From talking to Brother's that knew you well, I'm sure we would have laughed a lot. May you rise with the Holy Spirit and be blessed at the gates of Heaven.
Barry "Assassin" LaCastro
Theta Class

Cindy Strickland-Christensen
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
Cody and family,
My deepest sympathy with the passing of Colten. I continue to pray for peace and comfort as you deal with such a loss. May God bless you and hold in the palm of his hand. Sincerely, Cindy

Mike and Karen Goannamore
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
Prayers and condolences

Kelli Carpinello
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021

A Little Bit of Sunshine was sent by Kelli Carpinello.

Colten will forever be in our hearts. ~The Penn State Behrend Cheerleaders

Beth Ann Servidio
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
I met Colten at Erie Fitness Academy. He was happy to talk to anyone, including me, who he didn’t really know. It is what I remember most about him and how it made me feel. He will be missed. With deepest sympathy and prayers.

Dr. Elliott
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
Colten was in my research methods classes at Penn State Behrend and a prominent figure in our psychology program. He and his many friends helped make those years happy and productive with many activities and lots of support. When he graduated, it was a happy and sad moment for we knew that his exuberant personality would be missed. We were so proud that he chose to be an officer and knew that he would make a difference in our community. Occasionally, he would stop by to tell us how he was doing and see what new research was happening in the department. I can still hear his words coming down the hall, "Hey Dr. Elliott,..." It is a great loss for us all and ultimately for the Erie Community. Thank you to the family for sharing his memorial services on the news so we could add our condolences. We feel his loss and miss him. Thank you to all who are wearing masks and following the guidelines as I would rather be writing recommendation letters instead of condolences.

Rebecca Misterovich
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
I am truly sorry to hear about Colten. I had meet Colten through our Psychology program at Penn State Behrend. He was a great mentor and friend. Colten was always there if someone needed a lending ear, and he would talk about what he wanted to accomplish within his life. We both would discuss the many different subjects and readings we had to work on when we were pursuing our Psychology degree.
I am truly saddened that he had to leave so soon. Colten will be deeply missed.

Edward Lamp
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
I am deeply sorry for you lose ,nobody seems to believe that covid-19 is real but as a correctional officer I have seen first hand this virus impact a lot of people. Both my wife and I caught it back in April. I almost lost my wife but by the grace of God she pulled through, we both have after effect and I was just recently aloud to return to work after eight months ,and we both have lost family my heart goes out to the family and our hearts breaks knowing that such a good young man was taken by the virus. Love and prayer Lisa and Edward Lamp

Ashley Lupro
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Although I did not know Colton personally, I can certainly respect the job he loved. It takes a special person to wake up everyday and want to make the world a better place one person at a time, especially with how ugly the world can be to those in our profession. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to your family. May Colton's love and service live on through the lives he touched. - Ashley Lupro, Franklin County Probation Department

Cary Bradford
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
While time and the directions of our lives have distanced us, I want you to know you're not sensing this incomprehensible loss of Colten, alone. My being aches for what you must be feeling from this void which certainly exists in your souls now, Dave, Cody and your closest loved ones. Fill it with the understanding this must have been God's purpose for Colten. From everything I've gathered, he was designed to show the rest of us, consideration for the needs of other's, first, is the heart, the way to happiness, joy and freedom, and life after this one. Your family is with you.

John John
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
i did not know Colten I am touched by his passing at a young age but most importantly by his life of service and kindness

Sandy (Seymour) Paden
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry it took me so long to contact you. We had our own situation here in Meadville. My daughter Wendy was also in the hospital with covid. She has pre-existing lung and auto-immune problems. Thankfully, she is out of the hospital and slowly recovering. I didn't know Colten, but from everything I've heard and read, he was a wonderful man.

Jody Lang
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Dave and family,
Jim and I are shocked to hear of Colton's passing.
We are deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words to comfort you right now, but you are being prayed for and held close in our thoughts.
I know we haven't seen you in an awfully long time but if you need anything at all please reach out to us.

The Kindred Family
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
Such sad news. We send our heartfelt condolences to your family for your loss. Colten was touching the lives of others in positive ways and is dearly missed. May God give your family the comfort and help needed each new day.

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