Martin Anthony Riggan Jr.
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1st Lieutenant Martin Anthony Riggan, Jr., 25, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 22, 2010. Anthony was born to parents, Tony and Mary Jane Riggan, on April 9, 1985 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by his parents and sister, Maggie Riggan (and fiancé Blake Chism), along with extended family and countless friends. Anthony graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2003. During his time at PA, Anthony served as Senior Class President, Honor Council President, and Representative on the Varsity Football Leadership Council. Anthony truly exemplified the school motto, "Honor Above All," receiving the Principal's Award, Outstanding Student Award for Overall Excellence, Quest for Character Award: Respect, in addition to many others. Fulfilling a life-long dream, Anthony attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he continued to excel personally and professionally. Anthony was named Outstanding Freshman for Squadron 36 and joined Squadron 2 for his remaining 3 years at the Academy, during which he served in numerous leadership positions. In his senior year, Anthony served as Group 1 Commander for the Cadet Wing, overseeing 1200 cadets and all activities going on throughout the Group. Anthony was also named Cadet Colonel, the highest rank possible for a cadet at the Academy. His Group outperformed all other Groups by at least 5 percentage points in all categories. Following graduation, Anthony began Undergraduate Pilot Training in Columbus, MS. Anthony continued to succeed in pursuit of his dream, from the T-6 Texan to the T-38 Talon and finally to the B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber, the Air Force's most impressive airplane. Anthony received the "Top Gun" Award for Formation Flying and was presented with the Leadership Award by the local Air Force Association in Columbus. Anthony married his beautiful and supportive wife, Nicole Paterson Riggan of Monument, CO, in March 2009. The couple moved to Abilene, TX where Anthony began his B-1 training. The Riggans moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in June 2010; Anthony was scheduled to deploy in January 2011 to Qatar, where the B-1s are the current workhorses of the United States Air Force campaign in Afghanistan. Anthony's flight instructor had classified him as "exceptionally qualified" to pilot the aircraft. Anthony's legacy of honor and excellence lives on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know him. His life verse, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21) was laced in every aspect of Anthony's life. The epitome of a good-hearted man, Anthony loved others well and was respected by all. Although he excelled in all areas of life, Anthony understood his foremost purpose on this earth was to know the Lord and to make Him known to others. Surely his Heavenly Father met him with the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." To His unfading glory. A celebration of Anthony's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Woodmen valley Chapel Worship Center, 90 E. Woodmen Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider the following memorials: "Anthony and Nicole Riggan Memorial Mission Scholarship", c/o BSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1832, Monument, CO 80132; Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, AR; Pulaski Academy College Preparatory, Little Rock, AR.


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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 30, 2010.
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January 6, 2011
I didn't have the honor of knowing young Tony Riggan, but I grew up with his father, Tony, who was a good friend and is a fondly-remembered schoolmate. My heart breaks for both families, and they are in my prayers.
Steve Taylor
January 4, 2011
I met Anthony when Nicole was my director for a play - he'd sit in the audience and just beam. His love and devotion to his wife were evident ALL the time. After meeting him and visiting with him, I was constantly more and more impressed with who he was. His quiet and unassuming demeanor were a coverup for an unbelievably deep intelligence and wealth of life experiences that he was happy to share with anyone. A real gem, and a true gentleman - may your family and friends find peace in knowing that you are with the King you served!
Mary Stein
January 4, 2011
Anthony and Nicole were the type of people that, once they graced your life, you KNEW you had been graced. So much in love with life, each other, and the Lord. I'm so happy to have known them both, if even for a brief few months. My thoughts and prayers are with their families.
January 3, 2011
My prayers are for the families of Anthony and Nicole. My son Eric Santroch (deployed now to Qatar) graduated with Anthony and told me he and Anthony went to Woodmen Chapel on Sundays together and would go out to brunch afterward. One thing that Anthony would do is overtip the servers and add "God bless" or some Scripture reference on the check. This small action shows his godly character in everyday life. My son has highest praise for Anthony. May he rest in peace with his dear wife until we all meet again one day in heaven.
Connie Santroch
January 3, 2011
I didn't know, Tony, but my heart goes out to his friends and family. May God bless. ~Michelle Riddle, Colorado Springs, CO
Michelle Riddle
January 1, 2011
~Tony will be missed very much. We grew up with him. We have awesome memories. He was an awesome person. Our thoughts and paryers go out to both families.
Marc Williams
December 31, 2010
Tony will be missed by all who knew him at Ellsworth AFB. My deepest sympathy in your time of loss.
Judy McKay
December 30, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about Anthony and Nicole. Our hearts go out to you and all your family during this difficult time. Love, Etta
Etta Talbert-Eakin
December 30, 2010
Lieutenant Martin Anthony Riggan Jr., thank you for your service to our country. Deep condolences to the families of Lieutenant Martin Anthony Riggan Jr., and his wife, Nicole. I never had the honor of knowing either of them, but know from what I have read that they both touched lives and made a positive difference during their short time on earth. God bless all the family members. May your memories give you comfort at this difficult time.
Olivia Gonzalez-Downs
December 30, 2010
This story is so sad. My condolences to your family for the loss of Anthony and Nicole. The good thing that comes from this is that they are now in Heaven. God bless you during this difficult time.
Melinda ~ Divide, CO
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