Ronald K. Riggs

On April 15. 2021, Ronald K. Riggs suddenly finished his journey of life at his home in West Jordan, Utah.
Ron was born July 1, 1947 in Panguitch, Utah to Jay Angus and Myrtle Gardiner Riggs. He worked for many years as a butcher in his father’s store, The Service Cash, before he began his career as a surveyor for the Forest Service. He worked at this job for nearly 30 years.
He married Karleta Lowder July 12. 1969 in the St. George LDS Temple. They were married for 44 years before Karleta passed away. They had 3 children, Rebecca Huntington (Orem, Utah), Angela (David) Stone (Medford, Oregon), and William (Alicia) Riggs (Smithfield, Utah). He later married Janet Jensen Scarlet on November 11. 2016 in the Oquirrh Temple for time.
He was a strong member of the LDS church, serving as Financial Clerk for many years. He also served as 2nd counselor in the bishopric in Hatch, Utah. He loved the people of Hatch very much.
Ron loved his family and they were a great source of joy and pride to him. He loved going out into the hills of Garfield County for any reason, but especially to cut wood for the people of Hatch. He was an amazing Dutch oven chef, and he catered for many groups of people over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karleta; and brother, J. A. Riggs. He is survived by his wife, Janet, siblings, Fred (Rita) Riggs, Joe (Jean) Riggs, Pam (John) Yardley, Pat (Howard) Foy, Kathy Riggs, Martha (Blaine) Ipson, his children and step-children, 8 grandchildren, and 11 step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in the Hatch, Utah LDS church. Viewing from 9:30-11:30. Burial in the Hatch Cemetery under the care of Mosdell Mortuary.

He will be greatly missed.

The funeral service can be viewed through the link below.

Ronald K. Riggs Archive Link



  1. Doug and Donna Gillis April 20, 2021 at 3:33 am - Reply

    So sorry Janet for your loss. You are a wonderful person. Our prayers are with you. Love Doug and Donna

  2. Mike and sherrie Harbertson April 20, 2021 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Dear Family of Ron
    I was a classmate of Rons and had many good memories of our growing up years in Panguitch. We have an exceptional close class and have talked to many who all had great stories of Ron.
    Our hearts go out to all of you may God be with your family at such a difficult time.
    Sherrie White Harbertson

  3. Vici Owens April 21, 2021 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Riggs family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ron was a great man that touched our lives.

    With love,

    Devon & Vici Owens

  4. Lonnie and Annette Holt April 22, 2021 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Ron was such a kind and caring person. Though we only knew him for a few short years he will be missed. Our prayers go out to Janet and the family for peace comfort and safety

  5. Frank Kay Richards April 23, 2021 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Our children join with me in expressing our sincere sympathy to all of the Riggs family.

    I always enjoyed seeing him at the Panguitch gym when it was the night of a ball game.

    Love and sympathy from all of the

    Kay and Ann Richards family

  6. Dennis and RaNee’ Allen April 23, 2021 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time

  7. Darwin Lefevre April 23, 2021 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Like with so many of my high school classmates, I didn’t keep in touch. I loved playing baseball with Ron. I always looked up to him and appreciated his friendship. Deepest sympathy for family and friends.

  8. Bobbie,( Roberta) Stowell, Fowler April 24, 2021 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    My heart has been heavy this week. We dated in High School and was the senior king and queen. Great memories. My condolences to his family.

  9. Gloria and Grant Houston April 24, 2021 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Ron was a favorite, We send our sympathy. May God bless you.

  10. Mike & Karen Stone April 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    We are so grateful to have Angels as our daughter-in-law. We were so blessed when our son David married her! Ron and Karleta quickly became our dear friends. Karleta’s sudden passing was a great loss to all of our family. We didn’t get to meet you Janet, but we extend our condolences to you as well, and thank you for caring for Ron these past few years.

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