Mitchell Dean Riggs (Mitch) passed away peacefully, returning home to God on May 31, 2022 after a long battle with a chronic illness.
The son of Russell Rodney Riggs and Blanche Florence Olswang Riggs, Mitch was born on August 20, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At the age of 18, Mitch enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He valued this service greatly and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mitch served in Vietnam as a crew chief on medevac missions rescuing the wounded in action under enemy fire. He was awarded a Purple Heart specifically for “wounds sustained fighting insurgent communist guerrilla forces on December 7, 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam.”
His specialty in the corps. was a helicopter mechanic. He reenlisted as a Marine Corps recruiter; Married, raised his family in Iowa and earned his law enforcement degree from Des Moines Area Community College.
After the Marines, Mitch worked as a Police Officer in Iowa & Mesa, AZ as a Detective & Sergeant. After police work, he pursued: his own construction company; medical transportation in Phoenix & Prescott, AZ.
Mitch enjoyed bass fishing and hunting; Auto mechanic, restoration of old vehicles and fast cars. There wasn’t much Mitch couldn’t build or fix. Playing the guitar was his lifelong passion. His love of music was diverse – mainly country; also blues & choral music.
When his health was failing, he would spend hours playing his guitar and working on his favorite songs.
Mitch was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His big heart lives on through us who miss him.
He is preceded in death by Robyn Lee Riggs, St. George, UT. Mitch is survived by his wife, Margy Rogers Riggs, Mesa, AZ; daughter Monica Hayes (Duane); son Jack Riggs, Caldwell, ID; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mitch’s Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on August 31, 2022 at Two Rivers Church, 326 E. Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert AZ. Lunch reception follows. Everyone who knew and loved Mitch is invited to attend!
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hospice of the Valley, Gilbert AZ.
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