Kirk Bosselmann, United States Marine Corp, was killed in Fallujah Iraq on November 27, 2004. Clark Brown, passed unexpectedly on November 18th, 2016. These two men are the foundation and the heart behind the Patriot family of companies. Kirk inspired its creation, and Clark supported it tirelessly everyday since. It is with their lasting legacy's in mind that we rise each day, push on as a force for good, and make the most of this opportunity at life no longer afforded to them. This page is a small glimpse at the inspiring men that they were and a gentle tribute to their lives well lived, however short.
Kirk J. Bosselmann
A true outdoorsman, Kirk spent all his free time in the wild outdoors. From a young boy his love for nature matured and turned into a pure passion. His thirst for knowledge and desire to experience life to the fullest led Kirk down many interesting roads. His passion for life has been a constant reminder in the shaping of the Patriot family of companies. Kirks tremendous generosity and desire to improve the outdoor experience for all those he cared about have been the foundation to which the company has been built. Kirk was killed by small arms fire on November 27 of 2004 while operating house to house in the Iraqi city of Falluja. His bravery during his time earned him numerous medals including the Purple Heart. Kirks bravery, generosity and friendship should be an everyday lesson to all those who live on. Live each day to the fullest, be thankful for what you have, and never forget their sacrifice.
Clark E. Brown
Born on November 5, 1958, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Richard P. & Irma L. (Hubble) Brown.
Clark Brown was a kind hearted and giving member of the community who had a lifelong passion for local history, Chesapeake culture, natural resources and agriculture. At a young age, he was an active member of the Montgomery County 4H Beef Club and spent many hours helping on his sisters dairy farm in Union Bridge. Later, he worked with his father providing commodity hauling services for local farmers and traveled around the East Coast setting up "box stalls" for equestrian events.
After graduation from Poolesville High School, Clark worked as the manager of Historic Whites Ferry where his passion for the Potomac River grew stronger. His romantic view of its mystique was clearly evident during his featured interview for the early 80's documentary "Potomac Reflections". Throughout his life, Clark had a deep love for the waters of the Potomac and spent many hours perched behind drift wood with family & friends, holding vigilant watch over custom cork waterfowl decoys, awaiting what he called the "controlled accident" that was a green head mallards hasty decent & subsequent landing.
Along his journey, Clark learned the trade of collision repair and worked over 20 years in the industry, spending over 18 years with Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg. Although Clark enjoyed the bodywork world, his passion for local agriculture and natural resources always seemed to beckon him back. He took a job with Willard Agri-Services of Frederick where he worked in the fertilizer plant and also worked part time for William Willard Farms during harvest season.
During this time, Clark also organized, developed and managed a group of local conservationist for the purpose of privately purchasing and preserving a 400 acre island in the Potomac River he had always loved. He spent countless hours on habitat restoration & improvement projects on the island and loved nothing more than sharing that space with his family and friends. His love for family was unmatched, as seen when he later took time to help with his sons company, Patriot Land & Wildlife, which no doubt grew from his own passion for the value of natural resources that he had instilled in his children. Clark also worked part time at the Tractor Supply Company where he developed a new found respect for retail trade.
He became so passionate about retail and memories of his mother's antique business that he, along with his wife of 34 years - Bonnie, rented the historic building next to their home of 30 plus years and opened "Mrs. Brown's Attic", a unique selection of old, new and unusual finds from the area. Together over the last year they worked side by side, sharing their love with others. His infectious smile and diligent work could be seen right up to his final day by all who passed the Barnesville square.
Clark's amazing heart and service before self mentality will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to meet him. He is survived by his wife Bonnie; three children, Joseph and wife Brittany, Casey and husband Paul, Megan and husband Sean; two sisters, Nona Schwartzbeck and husband Joe, Nina Burdette and husband Jimmy; one brother, Hatton Brown, and one grandson, Bryton Brown.