Robert Brown plays the part of Abraham Lincoln, as he greets those along the 2012 Armed Forces Day Parade route in 2012. Brown, who portrayed Abraham Lincoln at the Armed Forces Day Parade and other patriotic events passed away Feb. 12, the 16th president's birthday. Brown lived in a cabin without power and water on 5 acres above Tahuya. He suffered a brain abscess on New Year's Day, underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was recovering at Life Care Center in Port Orchard when a seizure took his life, said former wife Rena Farrar. He was 72.