William Ralph Riggs Hatch, Utah Ralph Riggs, 68, of Hatch, Utah, passed away May 14, 2009, in Lindon, Utah, after a long, hard battle with cancer.He was born August 8, 1940, in Cedar City, Utah, to James Orlas and Estella Smith Riggs. He married Jacqueline Platt, on March 14, 1964, in the St. George LDS Temple. They later divorced. He then married Golda Jean Truman Orton, on August 9, 1986, in Cedar City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on August 15, 1990. He then married Eura Lee Medley Johnson on December 15, 1990, in Hatch, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Bountiful LDS Temple. They later divorced. Ralph was a member of the LDS church and served in many callings, including many bishoprics, branch president of the Brian Head Branch and he served a mission in the North Central States from 1960 to 1962. Ralph especially enjoyed coaching basketball in northern California, Parowan High School and Wayne County High School and considered his players and assistants among his best friends. He also enjoyed the outdoors, going camping, hunting and fishing with his family. He was a good man with a great sense of humor that served him well during his toughest times. He has left us with a multitude of good memories and strong values. We love you and we shall meet again Dad. He is survived by his children, William James (Anita Green) Riggs, Lindon; Allen Trent (Lisa Michie) Riggs, Manti; and Melanie Riggs, St. George; step-children, Ronnie Lynn Orton, Eric Orton, Ryan Orton, Kelly Orton, Hal Johnson, Clayton Johnson, Gwena Saasen, Camille Swain, Cindy Johnson and Robert Johnson; eight grandchildren; siblings, John O. (Lois Livingston) Riggs, Clear-field; Jerry Albert (Dolores Foremaster) Riggs, St. George; Earl Garr (Maxine Sorensen) Riggs, Clearfield; Duard S. (Donna Cliffon) Riggs, Taylorsville; and Ilene (Lester) Foote, Taylorsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Golda Jean; and a step-daughter, Cindy Johnson. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 12 noon in the Hatch LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Hatch on Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Hatch Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on May 17, 2009.