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1947 John 2020

John Riggle

September 19, 1947 — August 23, 2020

St. George, Utah

John Arthur Riggle

“Big Rig”

“Happy Pappy”

September 9, 1947 ~ August 23,2020 (age 72)

John left a legacy of love and joy as he sprinted all the way to the tape. He truly cherished every experience, relationship and adventure life could offer. His heart and home were open to every person who crossed his path and he found fulfillment in helping people discover their potential.

John was born in Sydney, Nebraska to Camille Colombier and Arthur Riggle. He was raised in Denver, Colorado, and later attended Brigham Young University where he played volleyball and studied Communications, Sociology, French, and Physical Education. He then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France and Switzerland. He married his sweetheart, Marlene Schaefer on April 5, 1973.  Their 47 years of marriage brought the adventures of 6 children, 21 grandchildren and countless friends in each of the states they lived (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Utah). His love for his wife and family were an example to all who knew him.

John had a successful career in management positions at four different television stations. He served on more than 20 non-profit boards, including over 25 years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, earning him the honor of the Silver Beaver Award. He also found great joy in church leadership positions for close to 50 years. John was a talented musician and artist and enjoyed a variety of hobbies including  fishing, golf, gardening, sports, family history and enjoying the outdoors. His humor, wisdom and jovial nature endeared him to friend and stranger alike.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Riggle and children: Rachelle Hughes (Tom), Colette Rogers (Joe), Nicole Winward (John), Bret Riggle (Jessica), Nathan Riggle (Elise), Jacob Riggle (Ashli), Sister: Jackie Donoghue(George) and Brother: Steven Nemeth (Janie).

We offer our deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses who helped John throughout his journey.

Thank you for the outpouring of support from ward members, friends, neighbors, and family.

John will be buried at Tonaquint Cemetery on August 28, 2020.

Funeral services will be lived streamed.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of John’s legendary generosity, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Riggle, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

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Monday, August 31, 2020

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