His commitment to assist in the "Northwest Iowa Track & Field Classic" began after his return from military service in 1970, 38 years ago.
Born in a blizzard in Le Mars on May 28, 1947, Brown and his family then moved to Cherokee, where Rod graduated from Washington High School in 1965.
After graduation, Brown entered the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Banksdale AFB, Shreveport, La., and later Phan Rang AFB, South Vietnam from 1966-1970.
He returned to Cherokee after his service and married Marci Phillips, also a WHS graduate. They are the parents of two children - son Terry, a computer engineer in Seattle, Wa., and daughter Hillary, an RN and Massage Therapist in Waterloo.
Rod has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for the past 18 years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf whenever possible. He has been involved for many years with the annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, serving on the Rodeo Board and being a member for 25 years. He also volunteers for the annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival each January, and is a 38-year member of L.A. Wescot Post 2253, VFW.
In addition to working the annual Tomahawk Relays for both boys and girls, he has helped with all hoojme track & field meets since 1970.
He also is an avid supporter for all Cherokee WHS sports, with football, track and fieldl, and baseball his favorites.
"To be on the same list with all the past Tomahawk Relays Honorary Referees is really special," said Brown when told of the honor being bestowed on him this year.
"Tomahawk has always offered the very best of Iowa track and field over the years, and to be part of it has been great. Once again, thank you very much. This honor is greatly appreciated and is very special to me."
The faithful WHS athletic booster said he has no plans to stop helping with the Tomahawk and other track and field meets, or attending many of the Braves' games and meets.