Beloved Hillcrest High football coach dies from virulent infection

Coach Cazzie Brown. Photo: GoFundMe

MIDVALE, Utah, Aug. 28, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Hillcrest High football coach Cazzie Brown died Sunday after a brief but intense battle with a viral infection.

Brown died Sunday night, just four days after he went to the emergency room. His final days were spent on life support.

A GoFundMe¬†campaign aimed at helping Brown’s wife and children pay for medical and funeral costs was established Sunday, and raised more than $45,000 in its first 21 hours.

Jeremy Chatterton, who coached with Brown at Judge and Highland, was one of many to posted a tribute on Facebook.

“A great man has passed away tonight,” Chatterton wrote on Sunday. “I have known Cazzie for over 14 years, 11 of those coaching side by side. I don’t know anyone that has touched more lives or had as big of an impact on so many young people as Coach Brown.

“One if his great sayings was ‘You can ignite many candles without diminishing your own flame.’ Coach Brown you have ignited many candles and your flame will continue to burn for a long time. I love you, and I will miss you.”

Brown died at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, according to an update on the GoFundMe page.

“He was surrounded by his loved ones and went peacefully. Thank you to everyone who has rallied around his family and provided support.”

Coach Cazzie Brown (in the dark hat) is shown with family and friends. Photo: GoFundMe

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