Special Agent Clifton Dewell Browning, Jr.

Special Agent Clifton Dewell Browning, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1984

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Clifton Dewell Browning, Jr.

Special Agent Browning was killed in an airplane accident near Meeker, Colorado, while returning to Grand Junction from a surveillance mission in Laramie, Wyoming. The aircraft began to experience mechanical problems and crashed in a snow storm.

Agent Browning was assigned to Glenwood Springs and had been with the agency for 21 years.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Colorado

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This tribute is long overdue and dedicated to my father’s memory. Each December 8th, I take time to reflect on a short well-lived life and the enduring impact of a man I knew as Dad.

It seems like yesterday that, as a young 15-year-old kid, I was staring, stunned, into the cold Colorado morning, trying to understand what had just happened. The word “fatality” still ringing in my ears, not fully understanding the crushing magnitude and implications on my life.

Dad was, well… Dad. Like many children, I looked up to him, his perceived infallibility, strength, and the omnipresent position in my life. Through the lens of a child, my dad was perfect. Oh, sure, we had our classic father-child moments, but I genuinely looked up to him; he was my hero.

Over the years, there haven’t been many days he’s not in my thoughts. His inspiration still drives me in many of my endeavors. His influence on my athletic career, my love of running, and the endless pursuit of lofty goals are all continuing impacts of his life on mine. He had an enduring commitment to service and love of country that he ultimately gave his life to defend.

Although certainly not perfect, an ideal I learned to accept and, more importantly, respect, I never doubted the love he held for his children. Dad’s legacy lives strong in all his children’s lives, and for me personally, acts as a guide to living up to the ideals he espoused.


Scott Browning

December 9, 2020

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