Stephen Briggs Ellis

17 Feb 1916 - 15 Dec 2006

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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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May 29, 2011
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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.

Life timeline of Stephen Briggs Ellis

1916
Stephen Briggs Ellis was born on 17 Feb 1916
Stephen Briggs Ellis was 5 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
1920
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 24 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
1939
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 29 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
1945
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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.
1953
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 49 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
1964
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 57 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
1973
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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.
1989
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1999
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.
1999
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Stephen Briggs Ellis died on 15 Dec 2006 at the age of 90
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