Larry Brown had a passion for people and softball.

On Tuesday, family, friends and teammates gathered to dedicate Larry Brown Field at Lindsey Park.

Mr. Brown passed away in July leaving behind a legacy of his involvement in Tyler softball as well as his dedication to coaching Special Olympics.

Along with Junior Steel, Mr. Brown's father — Harry — and daughters Amy Ramirez and Heather Gilliam unveiled the sign, "Larry Brown Field."

A gathering of more than 75 were on hand for the dedication.

"Larry Brown made a difference in our community," Steel said. "Everyone thought the world of Larry."

Steel thanked Van Jordan and Karen Christie for their work in "making this happen."

He noted Mrs. Christie, who is on the Tyler Parks and Recreation Board, spoke up and made the motion to name the field after Mr. Brown and "without her, this would have taken a lot longer."

Mr. Brown, who worked at Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 35 years, helped form the 50-and-over softball league and the Adult Senior Baseball League.

"Larry was a great friend and if you needed someone to play on your team he was there," Steel said. "He enjoyed playing and coaching. He was passionate about people, softball and especially the Special Olympics."

Steel, who along with Ronny Christie is helping coach the Special Olympics after Mr. Brown's passing, said, "When I first told the Special Olympics players that Larry would not be there and that he had passed away, four or five cried. They loved him."

After there was a discussion at the Parks Board about the dedication, Mrs. Christie stepped up and said, "We need to do this. Larry Brown started this league and was dedicated and passionate about softball. This is the right thing to do."

With that said she made the motion, it was seconded and approved.

Steel said a monument will also be built and will include Mr. Brown's name near the upper fields. 

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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