Clyde Riggs

Obituary of Clyde Lee Riggs

Clyde Lee “Butch” Riggs passed away on February 25, 2023 at the age of 79. Butch was born to Noble and Mildred Riggs on July 24th, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona. Baseball and football were his passion through high school. He served in the Marines and then reenlisted in Army Airborne. He played the trumpet in the Army Band during his tour in Germany. He took after his Grampy Sandoz and like his brothers, ran his own masonry company for many years. His kids will forever cringe at bad brickwork. 


His past times included golf, billiards, auctioneering, and singing. He loved the opportunity to sing in church and had a nice tenor voice. He loved to brag about his kids and grandkids and relive the glory days of high school and paratrooping.


Butch was tough as nails and his family thought he was invincible. We will miss his laugh, his hilarious (and sometimes horrifying) storytelling, jokes, the best grilled burgers, and his love of America. His grandkids described him as being awesome, funny, sarcastic, tough, and silly! 


Butch is survived by his mother, Mildred Kortsen; brother, Monty Riggs (Jacque); children, Jennie Riggs, Jill Scripps (Jim), Amy Riggs, Ryan Riggs (Lindsay), Traci Washburn (Scott), and Mindy Hermann (Mike); and grandchildren, Sage, Riley, Emerson, Annie, Harley, Claire, Presley, Talyn, Ryker, Axle, and Kate.


As Ray Stevens sang, “My Dad could beat up your dad, but he wouldn’t.” We’re sorry if he did though. 


A Graveside Service is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st, at City of Mesa Cemetery. 

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Graveside Service

10:00 am
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
City of Mesa Cemetery
1212 North Center Street
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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