Lee Carlton Briggs passed away peacefully on Friday, March 15, 2019 with his family by his side. Lee was born December 16, 1927 in Snoqualmie Falls and lived his entire 91 years in the Snoqualmie Valley – a community that he loved and was proud to call home.
Lee graduated from Mt. Si High School in 1946. He was an outstanding athlete lettering in several sports. He was proud that in his junior year (1945) the Mt. Si basketball team played in the State Championship game against Bellevue High School – Lee was 00! While they did not win, it was a memory that he held dear his entire life.
Lee married Roberta (Bert) Roberts on December 17, 1949. They bought their first home in Snoqualmie and welcomed son John Briggs the following year. Lee and Bert raised four children; John, Chrystine, Lee Patrick and Jane – all Mt. Si Graduates!
Lee worked as a forklift driver, retiring from BMC West in Bellevue approximately 25 years ago. He was a member of the Snoqualmie Fire Department for 35 years, 11 of which he served as Chief. Lee served on the Snoqualmie Planning Commission and volunteered for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League for 15 years – a clear devotion to his community.
Lee is survived by three children, Chrystine Leonard (Snoqualmie), Lee Patrick Briggs (Renton) and Jane Venera (Ellensburg). He left five grandchildren – Jennifer Leonard Philbrick, Jamie Leonard Caley, Anthony Venera, Talia Venera Mifflin and Daphne Guadalupe Briggs. Lee was deeply loved by his “greats” who miss him dearly – Danner, Caiden, Colton, Brynn, Kylee, Hunter and Hannah.
An amazing man has left this world for a new adventure being greeted by his wife Roberta and son John who preceded him in death. There was a four-some waiting for him to tee off as well as many card games to play! Fly high Dad… we love you deeply and will hold you close in our hearts forever. The Snoqualmie Valley has lost a devoted son!
There will be a Celebration of Lee’s Life on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 SE Fish Hatchery Rd, Fall City, WA 98024. In lieu of flowers, suggested recipients of donations would be the Snoqualmie Fire Department, 37600 Snoqualmie Pkwy, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 or Encompass, 1407 Boalch Avenue NW, North Bend, WA 98045. (Encompass is a nonprofit that partners with families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah, and Eastside communities to build healthy foundations for children of all abilities).
Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories at www.flintofts.com. Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 425-392-6444.