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Mayo John Riggs

January 28, 1950 — May 10, 2024

Mayo John Riggs
Panguitch, UT/Benson, AZ

    On Friday, May 10, 2024 at the age of 74, our beloved husband, dad, papa, great-papa, brother and friend, Mayo John Riggs, passed away after a short illness in the VA Hospice Unit in Tucson, AZ.
    John was born January 28, 1950 in Panguitch to Mayo and Erna LeFevre Riggs, where he was raised and attended school there. He graduated in 1968 from Panguitch High School.
    In 1969 he moved to Denver, CO where he attended trade tech as a mechanic; a job that he loved and passed some of his knowledge on to his kids. While in Denver, he joined the National Guard in 1970. After he came back he join with the 222nd out of Beaver. He worked for Farnsworth Chevrolet as a mechanic and wrecker operator.
    In the summer of 1975 he met the love of his life and best friend, Tina Kay in Panguitch. They were married on May 29, 1976 in the St. George Temple. They were blessed with five wonderful and loving kids.
    In March of 1978, they moved to Vernal with their little girl, where John went to work for the National Guard full-time; there he joined the 1457th Combat Engineers. He spent most of his 34 years of service here. While in Vernal, they were blessed with a son and three more beautiful daughters.
    He is survived by his loving wife, Tina, Panguitch/Bensons,AZ; children: John Andrew (Kelli) Riggs, Denver, CO; Crystal Riggs, Kayla (Jesse) Asay, Provo; Candi (Dale) Nielsen, Wellington; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; sisters; Berthann King, American Fork; mother-in-law, Sarah Kay, Panguitch; and many nephews and nieces.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rachel Edmiston Cronin; son-in-law, Scott Edmiston; sisters: Joan (Dean) Lau, Kay (George) Cherrington, brother-in-law, William King; nephews: Craig Cherrington, Brent King.
    John was proud of all the men and women who served with him. They were part of his family. He was proud to be able to go with them when they went to Iraq in 2003 and was proud to say we took this many over and brought them all back together.
    John loved spending time with his family and friends. He also loved being outdoors in Utah, hunting, fishing, camping and going for rides in the Ranger. He loved his time down in Benson where he met a lot of wonderful people. He loved being able to hop in the Ranger and go for a ride or go out shooting with his friends. He is going to be missed by a lot of people who helped make him who is was.
    Graveside services will be held Monday, June 3, 2024 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch City Cemetery with military honors.  A viewing will be held prior in the Panguitch 1st Ward from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Live streaming and online guestbook can be found at below John’s obituary.
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Monday, June 3, 2024

10:00 - 11:30 am (Mountain time)

Panguitch 1st Ward Chapel

550 S 100 W, Panguitch, UT 84759

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Monday, June 3, 2024

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1100 US-89, Panguitch, UT 84759

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