Jay Briscoe Obituary, Death – There is appallingly upsetting news going around on Twitter; please keep Jay Briscoe and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately, it can now be said with absolute certainty that he was killed in a car crash. On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 84, Jay Lewis Briscoe passed away in a calm and serene manner at a care center in Logan, Utah. Jay Briscoe was the third of six children to be born to Wilford and Elna Johnson Briscoe on September 24, 1929. Jay was born in Preston, Idaho. When he was younger, he recalled lying on the farm fields of Tyhee and hearing his mother, Elna, call out to him as “J kid.”
She was concerned for his safety because of the canals that were located nearby. Soon after he received his diploma from Pocatello High School, on January 9, 1951, Jay was inducted into the United States Army to participate in the Korean conflict. This took place during the height of the Korean War. After being awarded numerous medals for gallantry, including the Purple Heart, he was finally given an honorable discharge on December 10, 1952. At the “Deleta” in Pocatello, Idaho, his stunning future wife, Betty Lou Beebe, captured his attention and won his heart. On July 8, 1954, they exchanged vows in the Idaho Falls Temple, and together they went on to have five children: LuAnn, Greg, Brian, Kristi, and Allyson. They subsequently settled in Utah because of his job at Hill Air Force Base, which was located in that state.
He started out as a machinist for the government, and by the time he retired in 1990, he had worked his way up to the position of program manager for the Maverick air-to-ground rocket guided missile. Jay has been a leader in the fight for the rights of people with disabilities throughout his time as president of the Utah Association for Retarded Citizens. As a consequence of this, he was presented with the “Don Quixote” award for safeguarding the rights and benefits of persons who are disabled. In addition to serving as Mayor of Portage, Utah, Jay founded, edited, and published The Portage Town Crier throughout his time in office. Jay was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings within the church, including bishoprics and as ward clerk.
He also served a full-time mission in the St. Louis, Missouri mission with his wife Betty. Jay was a fantastic storyteller who also had a penchant for cowboy poetry, some of which he had written himself. In addition to that, he took great pleasure in coaching baseball for his sons and was a devoted fan of Davis High and BYU athletics. Jay is survived by his children; Greg (JoAnn) Briscoe, Tokyo, Japan, Brian (Linnea) Briscoe, St. Peters, Missouri, Kristi (Raymond) Galloway, Nibley , Utah, Allyson (Brett) Cragun, Syracuse, Utah, four siblings; Harold Briscoe, Gwen Manning, Merrilyn Holman, and David Briscoe, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his daughter LuAnn, granddaughter, Hilary, and his brother Sam. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Portage LDS ward building.
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