Mar 142012

Joseph Terrance “Ted” Brimhall, 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Taylor Stake Center, and will be preceded by a viewing beginning at 8 a.m.

Ted was born on July 2, 1920, in Taylor, the oldest son of Joe and May Brimhall. He graduated from Snowflake Union High School in 1938.

Later he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He put his railroad experience to use in the Army, running a railroad station in Iran for the Persian Gulf Command. This route was vital in providing the Soviet Union with needed supplies to defeat the Nazi threat.

After the war, Ted returned home, and tried farming and building. Eventually, he devoted his full time to building and became the preeminent building contractor in northeastern Arizona. In 1959, he and his brothers started Brimhall Sand & Rock in Taylor. Later, Brimhall-Palmer Construction was created, with Ted and Kay Palmer joining together to build many fine edifices in the area.

In 1984 Ted retired from these companies, but continued building until he was physically unable to continue in 2011.

He was an honest, hardworking man who loved his family, his church, and his work. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his second wife, Virginia; four sons and their wives, Norman and Nedra of Taylor, Chris and Joyce of Snowflake, Neal and Joanne of Queen Creek, and Shane and Penny of Snowflake; his sister, Twila Dennee; two brothers, Larry and Darrell Brimhall; and a total of 28 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Ilene Tanner Brimhall; his son, Marlin Thomas Brimhall; his parents, Joseph Thomas and May Hancock Brimhall; his sisters, Jocie Tenney, LaRene Tuley, Winona Gordon and Sonya Shaw; and a granddaughter, LaDawn Brimhall.