Tonya Briggs death, a councilwoman for Lafayette, passed away, the city reported on Monday. She was 44 years old.
A Lafayette news release on Monday stated that Briggs, 44, passed away “suddenly” on Saturday. At this moment, no reason has been offered.
Briggs spent her entire childhood in Boulder County until moving to Lafayette 14 years ago.
During her stint on the Human Rights Commission, Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Board, and Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, Briggs, who was elected in 2021, acted as the council’s liaison. She also participated in the Community Noise Roundtable at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.
“Tonya’s selflessness, tenacity, and dedication to enhancing the lives of others left a lasting influence on our community. For years to come, her achievements will be recognized, the mayor J.D. Mangat said in a press release.
Tonya Briggs Death: Lafayette City Councilmember Tonya Briggs Obituary
Briggs was first elected to the council in November 2019 for a two-year term and then again in 2021 for a four-year term. According to the city, she represented the council on the Human Rights Commission, the Advisory Committee for Lafayette Open Space, the Historic Preservation Board, and the Waste Reduction Advisory Committee while she was in office.
She spent the majority of her life in Boulder County and, in the words of Lafayette officials, was a “fixture” there for more than 14 years. For around 12 years, she and her husband managed a family plumbing business.
“Tonya’s selflessness, tenacity, and dedication to enhancing the lives of others left a lasting influence on our community. For years to come, her achievements will be remembered, stated Mayor JD.
Bailey, Haddie, and Finley Briggs are survived by their three daughters and their spouse, Doug.
Although she will be terribly missed, her legacy will serve as motivation for everyone. In this trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with her family, the city said in a statement.
Briggs was devoted to protecting the environment for animals. Instead of gifts, the family requests contributions in Briggs’ honor to Mother Gaia Rescue and Good Life Rescue.
For more than 12 years, Briggs and her husband also operated their modest plumbing company, Around The Clog. Briggs had experience in bookkeeping prior to founding the company and a technical certificate in horticultural and greenhouse management.
Briggs was well recognized for her love of animals and her commitment to the environment. She worked closely with Mother Gaia Rescue and hosted numerous animals in foster care.
The three daughters Briggs had with her husband Doug—Bailey, Haddie, and Finley—are still alive.
The family has requested that donations be given in her honor to Mother Gaia Rescue and Good Life Refuge in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made at goodliferefuge-bloom.kindful.com and mgarcolorado.org/donate.