Bill Brown is the father of Patricia Brown. He is from a working-class family in Washington state. He married Sylvia Heathcote in 1963 and lived with her in the Heathcote family home in Burlington, Vermont. They had four children.
In 1986, about a year after his eldest son Walter's death and the disappearance of his daughter Ellie, his marriage ended and he moved back to Washington. In 1994, after Sylvia's death, his 23-year-old daughter Patricia joined him and together they built Patty's Diner on Cougar Mountain (near Issaquah).
He died in 2001. Patricia continues to run the diner.