Written by Vicki Viall
The community of Lustre honored the late Darin Brown during the 2013-14 basketball season. The Lustre Lions sported a blue oval patch with a simple white letters DB near the left shoulder of their uniforms.
The patches are in honor of Darin Brown, who died in a plane crash last summer en route from Brown Farms northwest of Wolf Point to his home near Acton.
Brown was born in Wolf Point July 2, 1974 to Dennis and Evonne Brown. He grew up on the family farm with two brothers. He attend Lustre schools and dedicated his life to God when he was only four years old.
After graduating from Lustre as his class' valedictorian, Brown attended Montana State University in Bozeman, majoring in agriculture technology. It was there that he met Sarah Klem, who later became his wife.
After college, he brought his bride back to northwest Montana and went to work on the family farm.
They have five children and were deeply involved with their church and counseled children at Beacon Bible Camp. He was involved with his children's athletics and was elected to the school board at Broadview and was serving his second term at the time of his death.
His son, Michael, is a freshman on the Lustre Lions basketball team. This year, they decided to honor the life of Darin Brown and support their teammate by wearing the DB patch in his honor.
Lustre honored Brown by winning the district 3C tournament with an upset win over Hinsdale. They also made it to the semi-finals in the consolation bracket of the Eastern C Divisional Tournament before losing to Culbertson.