Brigham Zale Anthony was born October 24, 1960, in San Diego, California to Bennie Anthony and Mary Lee Anthony. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Bayview Baptist Church. He was the youngest of three boys and quickly became a Momma’s boy. He loved his brothers Tony and Craig and would never miss a moment of spending time with them. They spent countless days adventuring around Southeast San Diego, leaving bike tracks on each hidden path they explored together. They also enjoyed hunting in the canyons of National City and fishing almost every day at the Imperial Beach Pier. It goes without saying that Brigham could be found anywhere and everywhere but was never seen without his best friend Jose by his side, a true bonus brother for life.
He attended Boone Elementary School, Bell Junior High School, and Morse High School. It was at Morse where he alone built a go-cart from a lawnmower engine in his auto shop class that took 1st place at the San Diego County Fair. While others wanted to be popular, Brigham wanted to be innovative. He played the saxophone in his high school band and sang in the church choir. He listened to all genres of music, loved his boom box, and was notoriously known for saying “whatever”. Since graduating from Morse, he has simply been remembered as that “cool” and “stand-up” guy.
He went to San Diego Mesa College to become a mechanical engineer, focusing on architecture but chose a different career path to work in the family business, Anthony’s Auto Shopper and Repairs. Brigham got married at a young age to Jennifer Deadwiler and from that union was blessed with two children: Abrie Zale Anthony and Sylvia Jasmine Anthony. He later remarried Anita (Higuera) Anthony in 2003 on Cinco de Mayo. From this union, he was blessed with his son Isaac Zale Anthony and two bonus children: Richard Williams and Adrianna Williams.
Throughout his life, he continued with his passion for working on vehicles all around San Diego and even built a few himself. We all know how much he loved trucks, so it’s not surprising that he also traveled around the U.S. driving semi-trucks. This was his best form of traveling other than on his motorcycles.
It was obvious that Brigham loved two things from an early age: animals and mechanics. While he had many dogs, his favorite dog was named Bobo, and he was always fascinated by mechanical hobbies such as radio-controlled cars, planes, and glider boats. He was always good with his hands and never missed an opportunity to use them, especially when it came to sketching, building, and photography.
Brigham always had a love for nature and an adventurous spirit. He was always known for riding his ATVs on desert dunes and taking the brave for rides on his motorcycles. He was playful and never missed a moment to make someone laugh. Many people can attest to one of his well-known pranks involving an infamous gorilla suit, and oh my, did he love to scare people with it. He loved his family and friends, and was very connected to anyone’s family he could reach. He would make himself at home wherever he was and gladly eat a homecooked meal with dessert if you even hinted at the offer. God knows he had a sweet tooth!
Brigham was always known for his talent in the automotive field and began tinkering with cars before he was old enough to drive a car. When anyone had a problem with their cars, they would call Brigham and he wouldn’t hesitate to be there for them. He was kind, giving, and selfless, especially when it came to his time and talent, and would gladly give both if he could use them to help others, no matter the day or time. Brigham was just that type of man.
On the morning of Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Brigham Anthony, 61, was called home to be with the Lord, passing away peacefully in his home in San Diego, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bennie Anthony, Mary Lee Anthony, and his older brother Craig Anthony.
Brigham Zale Anthony is survived by his wife, Anita Anthony; son and daughter-in-law, Abrie and Antoinette Anthony; daughters, Sylvia Anthony and Adrianna Williams; sons, Isaac Anthony and Richard Williams; grandchildren, Maliyah Anthony, Amiyah Anthony, Abrie Anthony Jr., Adriana Sloan, Aiyanna Sloan, and Kevin Willis-Sloan; his eldest brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Linda Anthony, and a host of nieces and nephews. He is deeply loved and cherished by them all.