Andrew (Drew) Rigby
Drew Rigby passed away peacefully, but not without a fight, early in the morning February 18, 2017 surrounded with peace and love at the home of his parents due to a rare brain cancer. He was born August 29, 1967 in Salt Lake City to Brent W Rigby and Marsha Nicolaysen Rigby. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, MN, Baltimore, MD and Overland Park, KS where he made many lifelong friends. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1985. He honorably served two years in the Army with Big Red One at Fort Riley, KS He attended the U of U for a year and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk). He was an avid Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs fan and loudly cheered for the running Utes. He married Kelly Shoemaker in 1994, they later divorced. They had a daughter Celia who Drew will forever adore. Drew & Celia enjoyed their time together traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, listening to music and cooking. Drew worked as a chef for Utah Food Services fulfilling his lifetime passion for cooking. Drew was a great dad, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and son. Drew inherited his booming voice from his grandfather which gave him the upper hand in his ability to argue either side of the coin on any topic. He will be remembered for his tie dye shirts, his barbeque ribs, his love of nature and animals and his love for his family. They meant everything to him. Everyone who knew him will miss him deeply. Drew is survived by his parents Brent and Marsha, his brother and best friend Patrick (Christi), his daughter Celia, his nephews Dragan and Paden and niece Courtney and his grandmother Arline Petterson Nicolaysen. A special thanks to Lab 3 at the Huntsman Cancer Center and the warmth of the people that work there. Drew will be laid to rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. He lived a fun colorful life.
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Published by Deseret News on Feb. 26, 2017.