Stephen Briggs Ellis

17 Feb 1916 - 15 Dec 2006


Stephen Briggs Ellis

17 Feb 1916 - 15 Dec 2006
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In the early morning hours of December 15th, 2006, Stephen B. Ellis quietly stepped from this life into the next. Stephen was two months shy of his 91st birthday. On the morning of Saturday, 9 December, while preparing to visit his wife (Hazel) in the hospital, he fell striking his head. By the earl
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Stephen Briggs Ellis


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Burley, Cassia, Idaho
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January 1, 1970

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In the early morning hours of December 15th, 2006, Stephen B. Ellis quietly stepped from this life into the next. Stephen was two months shy of his 91st birthday. On the morning of Saturday, 9 December, while preparing to visit his wife (Hazel) in the hospital, he fell striking his head. By the early evening hours the symptoms of a stroke had taken effect. Stephen Briggs Ellis was born February 17, 1916, in Oakley, Cassia County, Idaho, to the parents of Stephen Hales Ellis and Rachel Ann Briggs. He was the 8th of 10 children, the only son. He grew up on a farm in the View area of Cassia County and assumed the role of "Man of the House" at the early age of eight, when his father was killed in a work accident. His mother then moved the family to Logan, Utah. He graduated from Logan High School, and from Utah State Agricultural College, in 1939, with a degree in Forestry and Range Management. His mother, Rachel Ann, encouraged him to go to college by telling him, "they can't take away what you put upstairs in your head." Stephen was an Eagle Scout. He married Hazel Taylor, of El Paso, Texas, February 5th, 1942, in the Logan Temple. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who expressed his testimony in these simple words, "The Gospel rings true." Stephen served in the US Army Air Corp as a B-24 Liberator, B-25, and C-47 pilot. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His occupations included, range examiner (Utah), border patrol agent (Texas), bomber pilot (WWII, Pacific, B-24 Liberator), farmer (Springdale, Idaho), sheep rancher, cattle rancher, and contractor (Utah). He was selected as the AGC SubContractor of the year in 1983. His passions? His wife Hazel! Then his children. Followed by ice cream with peaches, oat meal cookies, dry roasted nuts, Hershey chocolate, soaking in natural hot springs, riding horses, swimming, ice skating, shooting, flying his airplane, and riding his mule in the Sesquicentennials Wagon Train. What will we remember him for? His devotion to his wife in her declining years, setting aside all his other passions to be with and care for her needs. His long suffering. His kindness. His ability (and patience) to take young people and teach them how to work by working right along side them. His generosity and concern for the welfare of others. His looking beyond the outward appearance and seeing with his heart. His quiet demeanor. His lack of desire for public recognition and fanfare. His practical "live within your means" and "I have sufficient for my needs" philosophy of life. Stephen as the epitome of a "son and brother" as he watched over his widowed mother and his nine sisters. We envision the long awaited reunion with his earthly father of entailing and extended bear-hug with the words, "WELL DONE, SON!" He is survived by his wife Hazel Taylor and his seven children: Stephen T. (Sandy) Ellis, Manti, Utah; Stanley G. (Kathryn) Ellis, Houston, Texas; Jess T. (Marlene) Ellis, Anchorage, Alaska; Charles T. Ellis, Anchorage, Alaska; Kelly T. (Rebecca) Ellis, Provo, Utah; David T. (Cheryl) Ellis, Vernal, Utah; Hazel Ann (Steve) Kelshaw, Provo, Utah. Steve and Hazel have 42 grandchildren; and 50 great-grand children with four more soon to arrive. Funeral Services held Wednesday, December 20th, 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Hills 2nd Ward, (Stake Center) 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Walker Mortuary, 85 East 300 South, Provo, and Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment will be at the View Cemetery, 600 South 750 East, View, Idaho, Thursday, 21 December, at 1:00 pm. with military rites.

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Stephen Briggs Ellis was born on 17 Feb 1916
Stephen Briggs Ellis was 13 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 24 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 29 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 40 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 49 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 57 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 73 years old when The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million US gallons (260,000 bbl; 41,000 m3) of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made maritime environmental disasters. A tanker is a ship designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. In the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command, a tanker used to refuel other ships is called an oiler but many other navies use the terms tanker and replenishment tanker.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 78 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis died on 15 Dec 2006 at the age of 90
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