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William Eugene "Bill" Briggs


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William Eugene "Bill" Briggs Obituary
William Eugene Briggs, aka "Bill", 88, of Graham, WA, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Carlsbad Cemetery (old section). Deacon Tony Dominguez of San Jose Catholic Church will officiate and Military Honors will be provided by the Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard. There is no visitation.
Bill was born on February 28, 1930 in Carlsbad, NM to William "Buford" and Buna Ward Briggs. He is the grandson of William West Ward, one of Carlsbad's pioneer families, whom homesteaded the "Old Ward Ranch" in Dark Canyon in 1885. He graduated Carlsbad Senior High School in 1948 and many of his caveman drawings were published in the yearbook.
He joined the Navy in 1949 and served during the Korean War through 1951. He was assigned to the USS Norris (DD-859) destroyer, and while performing as a sonar man third class (SO3), he journeyed the Pacific, Atlantic, Asiatic, and Mediterranean Seas with distinction.
Bill met his bride, Marion Hicks, when his ship disembarked on the shores of Providence, RI. It was love at first sight and he suddenly had a new mission: to marry Marion. They married on December 15, 1951 and have celebrated 67 years of marriage.
In Carlsbad, he was an electrician at the potash mines for 27 years and was one of the first instructors for the mine maintenance program at NM State University at Carlsbad. He was an engineer at the WIPP site and supported the construction and startup phases of the project.
He moved from Carlsbad, NM to Graham, WA in 2002 where he lived his golden years doing what he enjoyed best, drawing cartoons and expressing his wit on the unsuspecting public. He was proud of his service in the Navy and wore his Korean War Vet cap wherever he went. When people approached him to thank him for his service, he would jokingly ask them if the civil war counted. On countless occasions, he would tell people that his doctor advised him to give up his career as a bull rider. He possessed his quick wit up until the end.
Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marion; his daughter Peggy with her husband Saul; his sons, Bill, Mark, and Tim with his wife Madonna; and his sister Pam with her husband Ralph.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Rosemarie; his parents, Buna and Buford; his sisters, Joy and Maribelle; and his brother Doug.
Bill has six grandchildren; Charlie Green with wife Marsha, Mari Noopila with husband Mikko, Cristal Alt with husband Michael; Damie Brooks; William Todd Briggs with wife Avis; and Michael Rupe with wife Jessica.
He has 14 great-grandchildren: Maija and Mila Noopila; William, Payton, and Jazlyn Briggs; Joslynn and Jacob Abernathy; Eli, Daniel, Jaron, and Rebekah Alt; Claire and Noah Green; and Raven Brooks.
Bill entrusts his most faithful companions Samson and Delilah, his Labrador retrievers, to stand vigilant and protect his family in his leave.
His life's legacy as a sailor, engineer, marksman, hunter, artist, cartoonist, loyal husband, devoted father, son, big brother and friend shall always be remembered. Services have been entrusted to West Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at westfuneralhomellc.com
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on Aug. 26, 2018
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