Michael Deon Riggs

June 22, 1941January 30, 2021

Michael Deon Riggs, son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away in his home on Saturday, January 30, 2021. He was born June 22, 1941, in Kanab, Utah to Virgil Robinson Riggs and Gladys Brooksby Riggs. He married Sharon Ruth Hickish, February 28 1976, 45 years ago this month. He grew up mainly in Kanab and no matter where he lived in his life, Kanab was always in his heart. He loved his family and in these last years loved seeing his grandchildren, visiting with them and watching them grow up. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved singing in the choir and other church jobs. He had a great mechanical aptitude. He, also, loved the outdoors and being out in the hills in southern Utah and especially deer hunting.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; his children Joseph Riggs, Elizabeth (Joe) Holmes, Spencer Riggs, John (Sharon) Riggs and Mari Riggs. He, also, has ten grandchildren, Sara, Jacob, Jonny, Lily, Boston, Louie, Jackson, Bradley, Brooklyn and Austin.

Michael was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen; son Kenneth; brother Tommy; sister Vickie Lynn; and parents Virgil and Gladys Riggs.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 5, 2021, at the Hunter 15th Ward, 5000 W. Pavant Avenue, West Valley City, Utah. There will be a viewing Friday, February 5, prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will take place at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.


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Rosa Lee DeMille

February 7, 2021

My brother Mike was one of the kindest and smartest men I have ever known. He was fifteen years older than I was, so he had already left home by the time I came to know him, but when he married his second wife Sharon and started his family with her, he became more of a friend that I could relate to, and was someone I really looked up to and admired. Our children were close to the same age and we spent many happy deer hunts, Easters, Thanksgivings and 4th of July holidays together. I especially loved to hear Mike pray. His prayers always brought such a wonderful feeling of peace and love into our home, and will be one of the things I will surely miss the most about him. I love you, brother!

Larry & Denice Meyer

February 5, 2021

Sharon & Family, what a beautiful service and inspiring tribute to Mike. He is a good friend and helped us, along with other great neighbors, when we were unable to do 37 bags of leaves because of our health! He always quietly helped and supported everyone he could without ever asking or expecting anything in return. What an example to the rest of us. We look forward to seeing him again. Thanks to your family for all you do - from taking our boys fishing, to stopping and giving us a hug, to letting us pet the dog. You are in our prayers and we know you will have the comfort of the Savior with you in the times ahead. We are grateful for your friendship.

Cynthia Riggs

February 4, 2021

Mike has been my brother-in-law for 36 years. We have had some wonderful times together and I will miss him. He was always a great "big" brother to us. My husband, Kerry, would often call him for advice and suggestions whenever he had to make a decision. Mike and Kerry are very similar in their looks, likes and talents. They are both good at fixing things and figuring out how they work. They are men of few words, but have big hearts. They both love Kanab and the beautiful surrounding red rock hills. They both love to hunt, mostly because it is a tradition to hunt with their father, brothers and other family members. They both love their families and their heritage. They are men who love their Savior, Jesus Christ, and their Heavenly Father.
I know Mike is enjoying a wonderful reunion this his parents, sister, brother and daughter and son who have gone before him. He is free from the pains of this world and his failing body. We are sad to lose him but are happy that his fight with Parkinson's Disease is over. May all of his loved ones, especially Sharon and his children, be blessed with peace and comfort in their loss.

Dave Rinquest

February 2, 2021

Sorry for your loss. I have many memories of time with members of your family. Especially the camping up at Bear Lake. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ken and Judy Black

February 1, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May you all feel the peace that comes through gospel truths.