L J Briggs

November 16, 1936 ~ October 10, 2020 (age 83)


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L J Briggs was born on November 16, 1936 in Lewisville, Arkansas to parents Jerry Briggs and Bernice Heath. His family moved from Arkansas to Richmond, CA where he attended school at Harbor Gate Elementary and later graduated from El Cerrito High School. He then enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served on the USS Philippine Sea, USS Pine Island, USS Caliente, Mare Island Group Pacific Fleet, USS Hooper, USS Hanson, USS Fox and many others. Finally ending his service on the USS Ajax in 1986, a Vietnam War veteran. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander after 32 years of service.

Awards & Commendations:

Navy Achievement (2)
Navy Commendation Medal (s)
Battle “E” Award
Armed Forces Expeditionary
Navy Unit Commendation
Combat Action Ribbon
Vietnam Service Medal
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)

After leaving the military, LJ earned his Master of Science in Computer Technology from National University. He went on to teach computer science for 15 years at San Diego City College.

He resided in San Diego for 52 years while raising his family. He was a respected and loving father, friend, uncle, husband and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Earthleen Briggs. They met in high school and married so after he enlisted in the Navy.

He was a father of two children, Lisa Janae and Lindsay Jonathan. Also surviving him are his brother Gary, his sisters Mary, Bertha, Geraldine, Juanita, Betty, Delores, Jerline, Annie and Debra. His legacy includes 3 grandchildren, LaNeida, Lindsay and Reynaldo; and 5 great-grandchildren, El Amin, Selassie, Lindsay, Jax and Amara.

His military service and love of his family clearly made an impact that will last for many generations. May he rest in eternal peace.



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October 22, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

Funeral Service
October 22, 2020

10:30 AM
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

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