Obituaries

Home: Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Death Date: April 22, 2017
Birthdate: August 2, 1931
Place Of Birth: Smithfield, Pennsylvania
Service Information: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:00 PM
Service Location: Starks Funeral Parlor

William S. Britt + Enlarge

Bill was born in Smithfield, PA August 2, 1931. He graduated from West Virginia University in Chemical Engineering. After graduating, he went on to serve in the US Navy as a Nuclear Weapons officer before returning to Duquesne University to earn a degree in patent law.

Bill's love of the mountains brought him to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1969 where he partnered with Dave Trask to form Trask Britt Law firm in 1973. Bill lived a life of integrity. He truly loved the firm, his work with clients, and being a mentor for others.

Bill was an advocate for those with special needs and disabilities. He was a board member of Camp Kostopolus and assisted the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. Bill had a life-long love of learning and prioritized education. To support students in the University of Utah engineering program, Bill initiated an endowment fund. Bill's legal advice for Saturday's Voyeur led to forming strong friendships with the writers due to his love of humor and the arts.

Bill had an outgoing nature and love for people. He greeted everyone with an engaging smile and a big hug, determined to brighten their day and help them feel special. Whether in the office or the Coffee Garden, no one was a stranger. Hiking was a passion. Bill hiked most of the trails in the valley and at age 66 traversed the Grand Canyon rim to rim.

He leaves behind a loving wife, Sherry Britt; daughters Margie Breakiron and Beth Britt; sons Robert Britt and David Britt, stepdaughter Montell McDowell; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren -- a family he cherished.

Nova
A star,
At its natural end,
Bursts forth with an awesome glow.

And, so do I
Wish to likewise shine,
As I too naturally decline.

To radiate a revealing light
And an enveloping warmth,
So I may humbly stand in circumspection,
To joyfully watch the sunset
Of a life, hopefully, well lived

William S. Britt
Autumn 2012

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking provided on the south side of the building.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Bill in a way of your choosing.

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