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Preston Burns Brimhall (1922-2018) Obituary

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Preston Burns Brimhall (1922-2018) Obituary

Posted: 1515775819000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Brimhall, Swapp, Poole
Post Register, 01/11/18


Preston Burns Brimhall, 96, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Glendale, Utah, the son of William Sylvanus Brimhall and Emma Swapp Brimhall.

Preston grew up in Paris, Idaho, and attended schools there. He was a graduate of Fielding High School. He continued his education at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, earning a law degree. He was the captain of the basketball team and earned athletic honors while in high school, college, university and military levels.

Preston served his country during World War II as a fighter pilot.

Preston taught business law, history and coached at Pocatello High School. He later worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and retired from the Department of Energy. Preston was very involved in his community and served in the Idaho State Legislature.

On March 24, 1943, Preston married Elizabeth Ann Poole in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized Aug. 22, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. As a member of the LDS Church, he had many opportunities to serve, including as a Young Men's president, a high councilor, a bishop and stake president. He served a mission with his wife for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to New Zealand and as the first mission president of the Family History Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah, and president of the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.

He grew up playing sports and continued his love for it while watching it over the years. Alabama and BYU were his teams. He enjoyed the theater, telling stories and writing. His service in the military and the legislature embedded his love for his country. He was a true patriot and loved America. First and foremost, he loved his family.

Preston is survived by his children, Diane (David) Mordecai, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Barry William (Gwendolyn) Brimhall, of Murietta, California, and Kelly William (Nancy) Brimhall, of Island Park, Idaho; brother, Max B. Brimhall, of Farmington, New Mexico; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, E. A. Betty Brimhall; his parents; sisters, Lucille Gertsch and Inez Brimhall; five brothers, William Dale, Keith S, Claud S, Don S and John Brimhall; and two great grandchildren.

A funeral service will held Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Idaho Falls LDS 2nd Ward Chapel, 885 S. Boulevard in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The family will meet with friends prior to services Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Annis-Little Butte Cemetery. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to BYU-Idaho at the Preston & Betty Brimhall Grant in Aid Scholarship 30620421.

Published in Post Register from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2018

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