Franklin Stevens Briles

Franklin Stevens Briles passed away December 10, 2013, Fallbrook, Calif., at the age of 92. One of the last early California “trail blazers,” he will be missed by family and friends. He was a pioneer in the aerospace fastener industry in the United States as well as the world. He was a father, inventor, businessman, entrepreneur, fisherman, scuba diver, skier, hunter, pilot, athlete, builder, patriot and a hard worker!

He was born August 5, 1921 to Franklin Thomas Briles and Anna May Briles Schott. He had one older brother Paul Briles, deceased. He and Joyce Briles Eadie, (deceased), raised their six children during their 28 year marriage in Rolling Hills, Calif.

His family included eldest son, Franklin Stevens Briles, Jr, (deceased) and grandchildren Shelley Briles, Frankie Briles, (deceased), Sheryl Thomson, Sloane and Kayle Briles; daughter Linda J. Briles, Garden City, Kans. with grandchildren Major William Vessey and Shelby Randle; daughter Susan B. Lyon , Cayucos, Calif. with grandchildren Dr. Kristopher Lyon and Dr. Michael Lyon; son Scott A Briles, Anza, Calif. with grandchildren Lelicia Swank, Jayne McReynolds, & Scott Briles; daughter Carrie B. Foldesi and husband Steve, Puyallup, Wash. with grandchildren Matt and Lee Foldesi; daughter Maureen Hawke and husband Jeff, Rolling Hills Estates with grandchildren, Jessica Hawke, Heather Rule & Jeffrey Hawke; extended family Jamie and Joe Mauricio with grandchildren Aubrey, Amanda and Cody. He also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren

Franklin was born and raised in Los Angeles. He attended LA High School, married his high school sweetheart and served in the Navy for three years. He started a family very soon and raised his six children in Rolling Hills for most of their collective childhood. He lived the last 34 years in Fallbrook raising palm trees and running his rivet company. He retired from Briles Rivet at the age of 82. He was selling palm trees from the farm until the day he went into the hospital.

He loved his family, friends, and his Border Collies. From Catalina to Mammoth Mountain, he lived the California lifestyle. He had the gift of storytelling and creating “A Good Time” wherever he went.

Franklin has 30 registered patents predominately in the aerospace industry, where he was known as “Mr. Taper Lok”. His businesses included Briles Mfg., Missilcraft, Briles Rivet and Briles Palm Farm.

Frank was a member of the Neighborhood Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Fallbrook Presbyterian Church and lastly, the Crystal Cathedral. His social clubs included Los Caballeros Riding club, Abalone Cove, Kramer Club, Rolling Hills Country Club and The Balboa Yacht Club. He represented the US abroad for OSHA and ASTM.

A private family burial is planned at the Crystal Cathedral, Memorial Gardens.

Celebration of his life will be held 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1 at his home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to: “Border Collies in Need,” 621 W. 25th St., #104, San Pedro, CA 90732.

7 Responses to "Franklin Stevens Briles"

  1. Vincent Curtin   January 24, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Mr. Briles was a good man and he will be missed.

    I used to wait on him and his family members at a Restaurant in Town. I also did a few events at his home.

    Condolences from the Curtin Family.

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  2. steve   January 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What a fantastic man! I will miss him

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  3. carrie daughter   January 24, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Missing him every day!!! he was so happy to hear from everyone everyday!

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  4. Linda daughter   January 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    We were blessed from God with this remarkable father!

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  5. Murphy's-friends   January 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Frank was a kind and generous man. He made wonderful contributions to this world and to many people’s lives that he touched. He will be missed.

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  6. Robert D.   February 5, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Mr. Briles was a man of action. Nothing was impossible. He motivated me into the person I am today. I salute him. Scott and Carrie I am sorry

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  7. Lori G   February 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Frank Briles was a very kind and caring man. The world lost a wonderful person. He will be missed greatly.

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