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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Anne Ryan

May 29, 2011


May 28, 2011

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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 12 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 15 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis was 30 years old when World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China.
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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 48 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
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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 76 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
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Stephen Briggs Ellis died on 15 Dec 2006 at the age of 90
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