Nov 162012

John Waldo Brimhall was born on Feb. 3, 1922, in Taylor, and 90 years later passed away in Lakeside on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, fittingly on Veterans Day. Taylor was still his home. His children invite family and friends to a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Centennial Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taylor, and the funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the same location, with a visitation one hour prior to the services.
Anyone knowing the son of George H. Brimhall and Rosetta Palmer before his military service began May 20, 1943, called him Waldo. The Army Air Force required first names only and he became John.
After his World War II service ended March 2, 1946, he returned to Arizona and his wife, LaRee Peterson. Their 66 years of marriage brought five children, Ginger (Glen) Ellison of Taylor, Dr. John W. (Brandy) Brim-hall of Parker, Colo., Sherida (Daniel) Walker of Tehachapi, Calif., Keith “Skeeter” W. (Debbie) Brimhall of Taylor and Brian W. (Linda) Brimhall of Snowflake.
Survivors include his children; 25 of 27 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosie (Kenneth) Jarvis of Mesa and Kathleen (Philip) Peterson, also of Mesa.
His wife, his parents, a brother and sister, and two grandchildren preceded him in death.
His military service did not include a desired pilot’s license, so he used his G.I. Bill to secure his dream and flew a private plane for many years. John and LaRee’s life together included a dairy, a ranch, an Idaho farm, insurance and real estate licenses, an 18-wheeler and a constant supply of animals, especially horses. John was widely known as a building contractor, Johnny B Construction. He built custom homes, businesses and Standard Oil service stations all over Arizona.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.