It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Lafayette Councilor Tonya Briggs, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 16, 2023, in Lafayette, Colorado. Tonya was a beloved member of our community, and her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her. She was 44.
Born on March 2, 1979, Tonya has been a fixture in Lafayette for over 14 years and in Boulder County for most of her life. She leaves behind her husband, Doug, and their three daughters, Bailey, Haddie, and Finley, all of whom will miss her dearly.
“Tonya left a lasting impression on our community through her selflessness, determination, and devotion to improving the lives of others. Her contributions will be remembered for years to come,” said Mayor Mangat.
Tonya was first elected in 2019 to serve two years and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2021. An active member of the Lafayette City Council, she served as Council liaison on the Human Rights Commission, Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Board, and Waste Reduction Advisory Committee during her tenure. She also served on the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Community Noise Roundtable, Louisville / Lafayette Meeting, and as an alternate on the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee. Her dedication to public service and her community was unwavering.
In addition to her work on City Council, Tonya was also a successful businesswoman. Alongside her husband, she ran a small family plumbing business, Around The Clog, for over 12 years. Before that, she worked in accounting and held a technical certificate in horticultural and greenhouse management.
Tonya's passion for animals and the environment was evident in all aspects of her life. She worked closely with a large animal sanctuary and Mother Gaia Rescue, fostering numerous animals at her home. In lieu of flowers and to honor her love for animals, the family asks that donations be made to the organizations listed below in her memory.
Good Life Rescue: https://goodliferefuge-bloom.kindful.com
Mother Gaia Rescue: https://www.mgarcolorado.org/donate
Tonya Briggs was a kind, compassionate, and dedicated member of our community. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will continue to inspire us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.