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Everett Lee Spriggs Obituary
EVERETT LEE SPRIGGS Born July 30, 1930, to Claude E. and Evelyn (Lee) Spriggs, in Safford, Arizona, went to heaven April 23, 2013, at Riverside Community Hospital. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty; his three children, Claudia of Dublin, Ohio; and sons Lee and Scott (Lori), both of Riverside. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Lindsay, Reid and Kylie Reynolds and Hayden and Chandlor Spriggs. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Boyer (Bill); niece Dena Sepulveda and nephew Steven Herder, all of Vista, California, as well as many cousins in Arizona and his loving caregivers, Janet, Angelica, Ann, Laurie and Jasmine. Special thanks to Dr. Andro Sherobiem for his dedicated care of Everett and our family. Everett was always bigger than life and commanded immediate respect and attention simply by entering a crowded room. Everett graduated from high school in Thatcher, Arizona, after which he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and survived being a Prisoner of War (weighing only 97 pounds at the time of his rescue). Everett and Betty were married August 22, 1953, in Phoenix, Arizona. He then attended and graduated from Arizona State University and from the University of Arizona School of Law in Tucson. Immediately following graduation, they moved to Los Angeles where he served as a prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney's office. In 1960 he became an associate with the law firm where he later became a partner, Kinkle, Rodiger and Spriggs and served as president of the firm for many years. He retired from practice in January, 1998. Everett loved his country and was proud to be an American. He had many varied interests. He was an Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In addition to being a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, Riverside County Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He was a member of Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA), a national association supporting our military and the American way of life. Traveling with DOCA he visited many national and foreign military bases and our embassies throughout the world. In addition to his travels with DOCA, he and Betty traveled extensively, visiting numerous countries throughout the world, some of which were mainland China, Republic of South Africa, Morocco and many Central American, South American, European and Asian countries. Everett served several terms as President of the Riverside Philharmonic, ensuring the survival of the Philharmonic, financially and hiring beloved conductor Patrick Flynn. He also served on the Board of the American Heart Association, and was a member of the American Legion. He was a founding member of Mission Bank and later served as Chairman of the Board of Riverside National Bank. He was a member of the Victoria Club (where he had his special table in the dining room), Balboa Bay Club and Shark Island Yacht Club. He loved his dogs, George, Jackie and Lucy, and was proud of his collection of cars and boats. He was an avid foodie, and loved to deep sea fish in the Gulf of California. For many years he organized and led an annual trip with friends to San Felipe, Baja, which became known as the Go Baja Bunch. He will be missed so much. It is going to be very difficult to adjust to the fact that he is no longer physically with us. However, his love and spirit live on. His comforting final words were to Betty - "Hi, Babe". If anyone wishes to make a contribution in honor of Everett, the worthy cause of the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 78541, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541 is a project dear to his heart. Services will be at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA, Staging Area 1, on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 2:00pm. A gathering and celebration of life will follow immediately after the service at Air Force Village West, 17050 Arnold, Riverside, CA. Arrangements entrusted to NATIONAL CREMATION SERVICE (951) 684-4077

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Published in Press-Enterprise from May 8 to May 12, 2013
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