Laddie Briscoe Roberts, who went by Briscoe or "Bric", was born in his grandfather Hokan Hokanson's house in Thayne, Wyoming on September 15, 1936. There was no doctor, just a midwife, his Aunt Mary Hokanson, who was a registered nurse. He was the fourth of five children. His siblings were: LaRue, Cliel, Gayle, and his little sister Beth. He grew up with his family in Star Valley, Wyoming. While in High school, he participated in boxing and received college scholarship opportunities. He graduated from Star Valley High School in 1954. After High School, Briscoe attended Ricks for one year and worked in California before being called on a mission. He was called and served in the Northern Mexico Mission for two and a half years. When he returned from his mission, he met Brenda Thurman while on a double date with a friend. Shortly after they became engaged, Briscoe enlisted in the National Guard where he eventually became a Sargent.
Between serving the Lord, the Government and his family, Briscoe also received his Bachelor's degree in Education from Utah State University. Briscoe and Brenda had six children-four boys and two girls: Roby, Tina, David, Dirk, Tristi, and Shad. His nephew Jim also lived with the family after his father Cliel passed away and was like a son to them.
Jobs that Briscoe had throughout his life include: farmer, elementary and high school teacher, car salesman, motorcycle dealer, bus driver, whitewater guide, real estate agent, manager of the game room at Ricks College, and ultimately he worked as the Postal Department at Rick's College. While employed at Ricks College, he implemented new policies and practices that greatly increased the efficiency of the postal department. During his final year of employment at Ricks College, he was named employee of the Year by President David Bednar. He was also given a commendation and recognition by the general postmaster of the US Postal Service during a National College and University forum held in Logan, Utah.
After retiring from Ricks College in 2000, Briscoe and Brenda were called to serve for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as coordinators for a pilot Perpetual Education Program in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico where returning missionaries were taught highly technical welding. Upon their graduation they would qualify for up to $1200 per month instead of of the $150 average income of the lower class. He loved being able to help provide this special service for the people he loved.
After their time of service in Mexico, Briscoe and Brenda spent summers in Rexburg, Idaho and winters in Queen Creek and then Gilbert, Arizona.
Beginning in 2018 they began living year round in Arizona , where they loved being close to family.
Briscoe and Brenda have 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Hobbies include: whitewater rafting, hiking in the local mountains, reading and most of all playing games with his children and grandchildren. The gospel, Brenda and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life.
Briscoe passed away om January 1, 2023 in Gilbert, Arizona.