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Ivor Riggs

January 6, 1930 — November 8, 2023

Cedar City, UT

Joseph Ivor Riggs, age 93, passed away peacefully November 8th, in Cedar City, UT surrounded by family. 

Ivor was born in Hatch, UT in 1930 in his grandma's southwest bedroom to Joseph Earnest Riggs and Elizabeth Ardell Riggs. He was the only son in a family of 7 children.

He grew up helping on the farm, teasing and looking after his sisters. As a young man, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Central States. Right after his mission he was called to serve as an MP in the Army, stationed in Korea.

When he returned, he met and fell in love with a beautiful, enchanting voiced young woman, Elaine Truman. They married in 1956 and welcomed 4 adorable children into the world. Michelle, Brad, Lesli and Leonard; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

While raising his family he graduated BYU University with a Bachelor of Science. He accepted a job with the State of Utah as the Bookmobile Librarian. As a lifetime reader and favorite of any child in his vicinity it was the perfect job for him. He was a life-long rancher and farmer.

He served as the bishop of the Hatch ward and in many other capacities in the church.

He always put his family first, he cooked the yummiest food, he told great stories and he was a favorite of everyone that loved him. He was generous, caring and he delighted in his grandkids and great grandkids.

Ivor is survived by his wife Elaine, and children Michelle Riggs (Renea Stillwell), Brad Riggs, Lesli Riggs-Arnold (Robert Arnold) and grandchildren Cheri Yazzie (Mat Gunnufson), Jory Riggs, Mischa Riggs Allen (Cory Allen), Robby Witt, Michael Dolce-Riggs and great grandchildren Maceo Gunnufson, Evelyn Dolce-Riggs. He was preceded in death by his son Leonard Riggs.

A graveside service is scheduled for this Monday, November 13th, 2023, 1:00pm, at Hatch City Cemetery on Highway 89, Garfield County, Utah 84735. Hatch Cemetery is a small cemetery there is limited parking. Please consider finding alternate parking and/or carpooling. There will be limited seating also so feel free to bring your own chair.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

Hatch City Cemetery

Highway 89, Hatch, 84735

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