Catholic services will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 3:00 PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church for Donald Gifford Briggs, age 82, who entered eternal rest on Monday, April 3, 2023 at his residence in Lafayette.
A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location with a eulogy to follow the rosary.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Martin & Castille Funeral Home, 330 St. Landry Street, Lafayette, La 70506, on Thursday, April 6, 2023 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Reverend James Brady, JCL, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church will officiate at the services.
Survivors include his four children, Tammy (Mark) Milam of Lafayette, LA, Brett Briggs from Vero Beach, FL, Andon (Beth) Briggs from Trussville, AL, and Gifford (Jackie) Briggs from Tallahassee, FL; his grandchildren, Colby Briggs, Devin Briggs (Kati), Sara Noel (Taylor), Summer Simm (Alex), Parker Briggs, Gentry Briggs, Ash Briggs, Chloe Briggs and Max Briggs; great grandchildren, Jesse Briggs, Marci Briggs, and Sailor Noel; his sister, Deanna O'Brien and his brother, Stephen Briggs (Joan)
Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nannette Benoit Briggs; his parents, Willis Gifford Briggs and Anna Mae Briggs.
Don, as he was affectionately known, was born in Miami, FL and was a resident of Lafayette for over sixty years. He was successful businessman in the oil and gas industry and founded the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association in 1992. He dedicated the next thirty years of his life representing the industry that he loved.
Don was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and caring friend to so many. He was a devout Catholic who spent many years as a Eucharistic Minister at nursing homes and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Whether in the oil and gas industry or in his Catholic faith, he enjoyed serving others across Acadiana.
Some of his hobbies included fishing in the Florida Keys, working in his vegetable garden, photography, duck hunting and traveling. Although he had many interests in life, his greatest passion was spending time with his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
His favorite saying, "Just a little bit better" ~ Don Briggs
Upholding the honor of pallbearers will be Charles Goodson, Mark Milam, DDS, Bill Fenstermaker, Bryan Hanks, Robert Adley, Mitch Ackal, Fred Palmer and Bob Meredith.
Honorary Pallbearers will be, Fred Hoyt, Paul Hilliard, Mark Miller, Ray Lasseigne, Bob Baumann and Mike Samson.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Donald Gifford Briggs name to St. Pius X Catholic Church or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Ministries.
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Martin & Castille Funeral Home – DOWNTOWN
330 St. Landry Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506