‘Alaskan Bush People’: Inside Late Patriarch Billy Brown’s Relationship With His 7 Kids

by Clayton Edwards

Billy Brown, patriarch of the Brown family and star of “Alaskan Bush People” died Sunday night. His son Bear Brown announced his passing on Monday in a heartfelt Instagram post. On the show and, more recently, through his children’s public mourning, we see the image of a beloved father. He lived life on his own terms, off the grid, and on what the land provided. He passed down the knowledge and grit needed to do so to his children. From all appearances, they were a close-knit family.

You can see the strength of the bond between Billy and the Brown children in their recent posts about his passing. When his son, Bear made the announcement of his passing, you could see the love in the words he chose. In the post, Bear wrote, “He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad and husband and he will be dearly missed.”

Billy’s daughter, Rainy Brown, made her own post about her late father. In her post, she wrote, “I lost a true friend. Not forever, but only in this world. Please hold my family in your thoughts and prayers, especially my mother. Please hold your family tight for me. Words cannot express how wonderful he was and is. But I will say, the closest thing to an angel I’ve ever known.” Rainy went on to say that her father would always be her hero.

The “Alaskan Bush People” Patriarch Impacted His Children

Through the comments of Bear and Rainy Brown, we can see how much the “Alaskan Bush People” patriarch meant to them. His lessons will surely stick with them for the rest of their days. Bear went so far as to pass his father’s name on to his son. The baby, who was born last fall, is named River Anthony Billy Isaiah Brown. Saying sweet things about someone on social media is one thing. Giving your child their name is a whole different story. This little detail really highlights how much Billy Brown meant to Bear.

Billy Brown was a trailblazer, an outdoorsman, and a television star. More importantly, he was a father, grandfather, teacher, and husband. These more personal roles will be Brown’s true legacy. While his television roles may slip from memory, the Brown family will never forget the loving individual who taught them to live life on their own terms. Men like Billy Brown are rare and his passing leaves a hole in both his family and the world.