Charl Whiting Riggs Sr., 77, was peacefully called home on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. He was surrounded by family in his home in Mesa, Arizona. Charl was born on Feb. 20, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona to Rockford and Julia Riggs.
Just celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary, Charl is survived by his wife Valorie Candland Riggs and their 9 children Charl (Sheli), Kimberly (Barry) Thomas, Marie (Clark) Fullmer, Duane (Colleen), Clayton (Kim), Don (Shanda), Ammon (Kim), Sterling (Linnea), and Natalie (Brandon) Connolly. His legacy will continue with his 43 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Charl was preceded in death by his parents, Rockford and Julia, brothers Ray, Wes, and Wayne. He is survived by his two remaining brothers Larry and Ken.
He earned an MBA from Brigham Young University and spent the majority of his professional life as a real estate broker of land/ranches and owner-operator of Jurassic Stone.
He was the first Booster Club President for Mt. View High School, Board member of American Indian Services, recognized by Spencer W. Kimball for devotion and support to the Lamanite Cause, and received the highest leadership award in the Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver Award).
He was a loving husband that was devoted to his family, and you would often find him attending one of his children/grandchildren’s events. Next to his wife and family, horses and cattle were his second love. He was a true cowboy.
He was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a young man he served honorably in the West Mexico Mission. Throughout his life, he served in numerous capacities for the church including Scoutmaster, Young Men’s Advisor, Stake Missionary, Ward Mission leader, Young Men’s President, Bishopric member, High Councilman, and Bishop. He later served a mission with his eternal companion, Valorie in the Mexico, Monterey mission. . He strived to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. In doing so, he demonstrated genuine love, kindness, and respect for all people. He was a man of faith, hope, and enthusiasm!
In the words of one of his favorite country songs, there will be an “empty saddle in the old corral.”
A Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thurs., June 11, 2020 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201 (All are Welcome to the Visitation). Due to current conditions, a private funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Fri., June 12, 2020 (All are invited to view the funeral service virtually which will be streamed live at:
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