We celebrate the life of our good friend, father, grandfather and uncle, Dan Clarence Riggs, who went to meet his Lord, Saturday, April 10, 2021. Dan Was born September 23, 1928 in Crystal City, Texas, the youngest of Walter Ed and Mildred Riggs. He was 92 years of age, but in spirit, a man much younger.
After graduating from Del Rio High School in 1946, Dan became a noted and hard working river rider dispatched from the Del Rio Sector, before serving in the Korean War. In 1956 Dan began ranching in Terrell County and later into Crockett County. He raised sheep, goats, cattle and horses. Never one to be complacent he learned to AI cattle in the 1980's, advancing not only his herd, but aided family and friends by sharing his skill for their herds as well.
Dan and his wife, Kathleen, known to all as "Sister", were ever present figures and supporters, to nearly every rodeo within a 1,000 miles, for many years. As a competitor, Dan never held back in any competition where there was money up...he always rode to win, for himself, his horse or any partner behind him. And win he did!!! He was generous with his winnings, in tithes, offerings and trophies, even sending a prized buckle to Russia in support of Christian Sharing. In prayerful hopes, it would give inspiration to someone seeking Jesus.
Having been the son of Texas Ranger and Deputy U.S. Marshall, Walter Ed Riggs, and a God fearing Mother, Mildred Riggs, he got the best of all that was good and noble in his upbringing. He was taught how to turn his hand to any kind of work and to walk confidently in Christian Faith and to do it all on a daily basis.
Dan is survived by his son, Dan Henry Riggs, grandson Dustin Riggs and granddaughter, Shayla Danell Riggs Cody, and husband, Thomas Dean Cody, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, "Sister", his parents, brothers, Jack Riggs, of Ozona, and Jim Riggs, of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Pallbearers: Brazos Davis, Hondo Davis, Concho Davis, George Cox, Mike Kelly and Jacob Kelly. Honorary Pallbearers: Ms. Barbara Lightfoot, Ms. Shannon Gibson, Jay Kent, Dusty Riggs, Bill Chambers, Danny Galvan, John Ed Robbins, and Jim Riggs.
Services will be April 17, 2021, Iraan Community Church 2:00 PM.
"Dan Riggs, a Man to Ride the River With"