Jonathan Tift Briggs (1934 - 2019)

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Jonathan Tift Briggs, passed away on December 25, 2018 at the age of 84. John was born on January 24, 1934 in Folsom, CA, to parents Laurence and Ella Briggs. He attended school in Folsom, graduating from Folsom High in 1951 where he was a star athlete and a 4-sport letterman. John excelled in baseball which became his passion. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Doris Errecart, and began his professional career in baseball. His professional journey spanned 9 years. He played for several teams including the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, San Diego Padres, Sacramento Solons and the Los Angeles Angels where he won the Pacific Coast League championship in 1956. He was honored to be a member of the La Salle Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball Alumni Association and was Sacramento's Athlete of the Year in 1956. After his baseball career, John worked for Sears for many years. During this time, he took great pride in receiving college degrees from American River College and Sacramento State where he earned bachelor degrees in Math and History. After retirement he moved to the Big Trees area and worked in real estate. Survivors include his daughter Linda Wadle (Michael) and son Steven (Laurie), his grandchildren, Zachary Wadle (Sedina), Dane Wadle (Kristin), Casey Wadle, and Chaney Briggs, as well as 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Frances Hinchberger (Larry), Kathryn Fowler (Jim/deceased), and Carolyn Koppel (John). Doris, his wife of 61 years, passed away in 2013. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeside Memorial Park in Folsom.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2019