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Katie Desmond

“On Wednesday morning I lost the love of my life, Katie Desmond. She unfortunately lost her battle with PTSD, and joined her brothers and sisters in arms. She was an MP from early 2001 until 2008, with 2 deployments to Iraq. We don’t have a lot of friends and family in the area, but I would like to honor her and get the word out about her services.”
Upcoming Event – Katie’s Service Information:
DEC 10. 01:00 PM (12/10/15)
Tallahassee National Cemetery
5015 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL, US, 32311
Katie Desmond (nee Brown) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday December 2nd, at the age of 36.
Katie is survived by her husband, Daniel Desmond of Tallahassee, her parents James and Kathleen Brown of Payson, AZ, her brothers Thomas Brown, her brother James Brown Jr and his significant other Imelda Lopez of Phoenix, AZ, her sister Kristie Scisim (nee Brown) with her husband Jason Scisim, a great-aunt who Katie adored very much Jean Hogue, and many other uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Katie served honorably in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer for 8 years, with multiple deployments to Iraq, earning the Army Commendation Medal (x3), the Combat Action Badge, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. The patriotism and love of country that the military instilled never left Katie after her return home. Katie was a valued member of the Tallahassee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3308, where she was a Life Member.
After Katie’s return home, she earned her Associates Degree in Biology from Florida Keys Community College in Key West, before moving to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University for Biology, where her degree was in progress at the time of her passing. Katie was a proud Seminole and enjoyed watching FSU football. Katie’s dream was to work with endangered Florida wildlife, particularly baby animals.
Katie was a loyal and caring wife, and an outgoing and warmhearted friend to all those around her. Always willing to lend a hand or to just listen to a friend in need, Katie will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.
Services will be Thursday, December 10th at 12:30 PM at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Apalachee Parkway. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers at the website set up in her name, www.gofundme.com/KatieDesmond . Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com
If you’re visiting this site, you’re aware that Katie Desmond (Brown) passed away Wednesday December 2nd. Katie unfortunately lost her battle with PTSD, and joined her brothers and sisters in arms watching over us all.

Katie was a Military Police officer in the United States Army, serving 8 years from early 2001 until 2008, serving in Saudi Arabia, and then 2 tours in Iraq. Katie was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado for her enlistment.

Katie was a a loyal and loving wife, a dedicated friend, and the most kind and giving person I have ever met in my life. I was lucky enough to have spent the last 4 plus years married to the absolute love of my life.

In the hours following her passing, I have spoken with more great people than I can count, many reaching out, desperate for this not to be true. These individuals, many sharing with me stories about how they had met Katie, and memories that they had shared together. It made me realize just how many lives Katie had really touched, because the one common theme with all of these people is that most had the same thing to say about Katie, that she was the kindest and most caring friend one could ask for. She would be the first to volunteer to help a friend in need, and would always be there to check on a friend, veteran or not.

Prior to her passing, Katie was a full time student at Florida State University, studying Biology. Katie’s dream was to work with baby animals, and have a career working to protect endangered Florida wildlife, a goal which I truly admired and supported.

To honor Katie, I am going to give the names of a few of the organizations that she supported, so if you wish to donate, you may. You may also donate directly to her family for related costs through this gofundme page.