On July 23, 2022, I left this earthly home to find a new racetrack in the sky. I loved speed and cars since I participated in my first motocross bicycle race when I was five years old. It didn’t take long to advance to dirt bikes, motorcycles (including a phenomenal Suzuki Hayabusa), sports cars, and race cars. Miller Motorsports Park in Erda, Utah, became my second home. It was a place where I made many long-lasting friendships and created many exciting and fun memories.

Unfortunately, these events also had their downside. Accidents and other mishaps resulted in long-term pain and side effects, both physical and emotional.

I was born July 27, 1973, in Murray, Utah, to Dee G. and Alena M. Brown. I attended Taylorsville High School and Salt Lake Community College. My stretch with the U. S. Army began my interest in military vehicles. I remember, many years later, the surprised look on my wife Toni’s face as I drove up to our house in my newest toy, a Deuce and Half military truck.

Antonia (Toni) Martinez and I were married on June 26, 2004, in the Fort Douglas Post Chapel, surrounded by our family and many friends. It was one of the happiest days of our lives.

My career and hobbies intertwined. I spent most of my time drawing and coloring cars and parts for the aftermarket performance car parts industry. My passion for photography was also fulfilled by capturing pictures at auto races and other sports events. It always made me happy to share my automotive knowledge and experience with others.

I leave behind my wife of eighteen years, Antonia (Toni) Martinez, my parents Dee G. Brown and Alena Balmforth, aunt, uncles, step-siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, many friends, and our puppies Bruno, Wrigley, and Hudson.

I hope to be welcomed to the hereafter by those who have gone and paved the way before me, my grandparents, stepdad, uncles, cousin, friends, and my constant companion, our puppy Gus.

It is my sincere wish that people will not grieve my passing but will find joy in the times we spent together. The next time you see a flash of light streak across the night sky, waive. It may be me racing by to say hello.

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A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 7, 2022, at the pavilion in

Big Cottonwood Regional Park, 4675 South 1590 East, Holladay, Utah

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Larkin Mortuary
260 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Aug 01, 2022

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seems like it was yesterday, i waited outside at the floral shop so i could see who the owner of this red MKIV supra. I just moved to salt lake and didn't have too many friends. Biggie came outside with Mister and he always tells the story as i was stalking him. He was so nice to me and introduced me to a couple of his Supra Friends and made me less homesick. We lived down the street from one another and I would always see him weekly. We would go for a Sunday drive through the canyons. I remember the time he almost wiped and but avoided colliding with me and tom. Then there was the time he hit the gravel so hard we though he was gone. He always knew how to make a splash ;). Then I never forget the time we raced these two ducati and were able to pass them.

My time in salt lake wasn't that long but my friendship with biggie is deep as the canyons in salt lake. We went to vegas together and he taught me how to drive in the snow. he introduced me to harry potter by using books on tape. I never used them before. When i bought my first place him and mr gave me a tea set. When i moved home from salt lake, biggie gave me harry potter book 3 to listen to and it saved us from falling asleep.

Every time i returned to salt lake i always would reach out and break bread with my brother. I'm sorry i didn't call or reach out more often brother. I wish i did. I'm sorry i didn't know you were in pain. But regardless how this ended i cherish the memories we made. How my kids were so impressed that you came out to dinner in that huge truck much less u letting me drive it. My kids thought that was so awesome and those are the memories I'll cherish with me till the day i die.

Your knowledge about comic books and star wars belonged in Wikipedia brother. But your heart is the bigger than your persona my old friend. Until we meet again my old friend, i expect you to look continue to look out for me from above my brother.

Sid

sid nguyen , new orleans, LA, US Dec 07, 2022

seems like it was yesterday, i waited outside at the floral shop so i could see who the owner of this red MKIV supra. I just moved to salt lake and didn't have too many friends. Biggie came outside with Mister and he always tells the story as i was stalking him. He was so nice to me and introduced me to a couple of his Supra Friends and made me less homesick. We lived down the street from one another and I would always see him weekly. We would go for a Sunday drive through the canyons. I remember the time he almost wiped and but avoided colliding with me and tom. Then there was the time he hit the gravel so hard we though he was gone. He always knew how to make a splash ;). Then I never forget the time we raced these two ducati and were able to pass them.

My time in salt lake wasn't that long but my friendship with biggie is deep as the canyons in salt lake. We went to vegas together and he taught me how to drive in the snow. he introduced me to harry potter by using books on tape. I never used them before. When i bought my first place him and mr gave me a tea set. When i moved home from salt lake, biggie gave me harry potter book 3 to listen to and it saved us from falling asleep.

Every time i returned to salt lake i always would reach out and break bread with my brother. I'm sorry i didn't call or reach out more often brother. I wish i did. I'm sorry i didn't know you were in pain. But regardless how this ended i cherish the memories we made. How my kids were so impressed that you came out to dinner in that huge truck much less u letting me drive it. My kids thought that was so awesome and those are the memories I'll cherish with me till the day i die.

Your knowledge about comic books and star wars belonged in Wikipedia brother. But your heart is the bigger than your persona my old friend. Until we meet again my old friend, i expect you to look continue to look out for me from above my brother.

Sid

sid nguyen , new orleans, LA, US Dec 07, 2022

seems like it was yesterday, i waited outside at the floral shop so i could see who the owner of this red MKIV supra. I just moved to salt lake and didn't have too many friends. Biggie came outside with Mister and he always tells the story as i was stalking him. He was so nice to me and introduced me to a couple of his Supra Friends and made me less homesick. We lived down the street from one another and I would always see him weekly. We would go for a Sunday drive through the canyons. I remember the time he almost wiped and but avoided colliding with me and tom. Then there was the time he hit the gravel so hard we though he was gone. He always knew how to make a splash ;). Then I never forget the time we raced these two ducati and were able to pass them.

My time in salt lake wasn't that long but my friendship with biggie is deep as the canyons in salt lake. We went to vegas together and he taught me how to drive in the snow. he introduced me to harry potter by using books on tape. I never used them before. When i bought my first place him and mr gave me a tea set. When i moved home from salt lake, biggie gave me harry potter book 3 to listen to and it saved us from falling asleep.

Every time i returned to salt lake i always would reach out and break bread with my brother. I'm sorry i didn't call or reach out more often brother. I wish i did. I'm sorry i didn't know you were in pain. But regardless how this ended i cherish the memories we made. How my kids were so impressed that you came out to dinner in that huge truck much less u letting me drive it. My kids thought that was so awesome and those are the memories I'll cherish with me till the day i die.

Your knowledge about comic books and star wars belonged in Wikipedia brother. But your heart is the bigger than your persona my old friend. Until we meet again my old friend, i expect you to look continue to look out for me from above my brother.

Sid

sid nguyen , new orleans, LA, US Dec 07, 2022

seems like it was yesterday, i waited outside at the floral shop so i could see who the owner of this red MKIV supra. I just moved to salt lake and didn't have too many friends. Biggie came outside with Mister and he always tells the story as i was stalking him. He was so nice to me and introduced me to a couple of his Supra Friends and made me less homesick. We lived down the street from one another and I would always see him weekly. We would go for a Sunday drive through the canyons. I remember the time he almost wiped and but avoided colliding with me and tom. Then there was the time he hit the gravel so hard we though he was gone. He always knew how to make a splash ;). Then I never forget the time we raced these two ducati and were able to pass them.

My time in salt lake wasn't that long but my friendship with biggie is deep as the canyons in salt lake. We went to vegas together and he taught me how to drive in the snow. he introduced me to harry potter by using books on tape. I never used them before. When i bought my first place him and mr gave me a tea set. When i moved home from salt lake, biggie gave me harry potter book 3 to listen to and it saved us from falling asleep.

Every time i returned to salt lake i always would reach out and break bread with my brother. I'm sorry i didn't call or reach out more often brother. I wish i did. I'm sorry i didn't know you were in pain. But regardless how this ended i cherish the memories we made. How my kids were so impressed that you came out to dinner in that huge truck much less u letting me drive it. My kids thought that was so awesome and those are the memories I'll cherish with me till the day i die.

Your knowledge about comic books and star wars belonged in Wikipedia brother. But your heart is the bigger than your persona my old friend. Until we meet again my old friend, i expect you to look continue to look out for me from above my brother.

Sid

sid nguyen , new orleans, LA, US Dec 07, 2022

As I am sitting here trying to collect my thoughts it is hard for me to convey or articulate them in a fluid manner. On one hand, I, like many of you who knew Aaron am grief-stricken. And on the other hand, if Aaron were here, he would be rattling our brains with the endless trivia that he simply just knew.

You see, I worked with Aaron for eight years. Spent two years sharing a small office with him. In the mornings, I struggled to stay awake exhausted from my hour commute. Aaron would come in shortly after with Bruno and Gus Gus in tow. The dogs would jump on me and Aaron would educate me about a finite detail in Star Wars that I otherwise, would never have noticed unless I had a trained mind (I did not).

Aaron was a character that belonged straight out of a pre-home alone era John Hughes film and his desk was filled with car parts, an automatic battery-powered nerf gun, a Thor hammer, and an endless amount of trinkets that all had served a purpose.

Outside, he drove one of many of his eclectic vehicles which included but were not limited to a propane-powered Jeep Honcho, A gutted Mitsubishi Evolution race car, his Yaris on orange wheels, or a literal tank that he would often park on a 90-degree climb on a snow bank.

If you were in earshot of Aaron you probably heard him talk in his alter-ego Eastern European accent which really added humor and a cushion for his impatience for those who he thought lacked common sense which was 97% of the population.

He lived life on his terms. His deep batman-like voice. His thunderous laughs. His never-ending love for the 1UZ engine. His collection of random race car parts. His love for dogs. His brain that had a never-ending hard drive. His perpetual thousand-yard stare. His love of motorsports. His ability to blow up an engine with the most carnage. His unmatched talent as a graphic artist. Lastly, but far from least, his love of going fast.

We will miss, and remember it all.

One last quote I think Biggie would appreciate.

"There he goes....One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production...To weird to live..And too weird to die."

J , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Aug 01, 2022

Thank you for sharing this J ❤️ It makes my heart so happy

Toni , Salt Lake City , UT, US Aug 08, 2022

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