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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Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

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 24 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 37 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 53 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
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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 65 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 83 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis died on 15 Dec 2006 at the age of 90
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