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Bill Briggs- Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Bill Edward Briggs

  Bill Edward Briggs, formerly of Teton City, died Jan 10, 2015 at the age of 61 in Murray, UT. He was the youngest son of the late George Albert and Lydia Arminda Briggs.

Bill was born in Ashton, Idaho on Aug. 22, 1953. He was welcomed into a family with 5 other brothers and one sister. At a very young age, just as he was learning to walk, Bill was stricken with spinal meningitis and encephalitis. The diseases left him with multiple disabilities, but with his devoted mother at his side he was able to live a fulfilling life. He grew up on the family farm in Teton City where his father and brothers worked hard at the family flour mill. His physical therapy included horseback riding and any creative activities his family could find for him. During his childhood he spent a lot of time in the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City where he underwent multiple surgeries and treatments.

Bill grew up in a time when educational opportunities for handicapped children were difficult to find. His mother and others in the upper valley worked hard to provide education for their handicapped children. As a result, Bill was among some of the first disabled children to be mainstreamed into the local schools. Bill graduated from South Fremont High School and was awarded an associate degree from Ricks College in Rexburg, ID.

After college Bill moved to Idaho Falls where he worked at Development Workshop for a time. In Idaho Falls he met Julie Butikofer. They were married Oct. 30, 1999. They moved to the Logan area shortly after their marriage where Bill remained until a week before his death. At the time of his death he had moved into a care facility in Murray, UT.
Bill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remained faithful and devoted throughout his life.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Darrell Briggs and a nephew, Heath Briggs. He is survived by his wife Julie of Murray, UT, his brothers Bert (Sandy) Briggs, Wynn (JoLyn) Briggs and Dennis (Kim)Briggs all of Teton, Roger (Kathy) Briggs of Moscow, Idaho and Sharla DeMott of Shelly, ID., as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him. He is also survived by Step-sons Michael Gail Butikofer, Alaska, Jessie J. Butikofer, Italy, Tyler Butikofer, Logan, UT and a stepdaughter Dinetra Blevi, of Chubbuck, ID. and 11 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Teton 2nd Ward Church in Teton City, Id with Bishop Craig Carter officiating. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and at the Teton Church, Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Interment will be in the Teton-Newdale Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Bills memory to Shriners Hospital For Children, Fairfax Road at Virginia, Salt Lake City, UT 84103-4399. Condolences may be sent to www.bidwellfuneralhome.com

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