Riggs Thayer

Riggs Dempsey Thayer Jr.

Friday, May 27th, 1960 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Christine Cotner

Posted at 10:17pm
Riggs became my father-in-law just under three years ago when I married his stepson Mark. He and Cathy welcomed my teenage sons and me with open arms and included us in all of the family traditions, including Christmas Eve dinners, Christmas Day gatherings, summer picnics, birthday taco nights (our teenagers' favorite), and, of course, beach camping. We watched many baseball and football games together, cheering on Mark's son Dylan and my son Seth. Not surprisingly, he was always a positive voice in the stands, and watching the boys, especially Dylan, brought him so much joy. I'll never forget that on our wedding day, he noticed that I was not comfortable being the center of attention (even though I thought I hid it well). I thought that was very perceptive of him, but that was Riggs. He noticed things about people and went out of his way to be inclusive and kind. I will miss his welcoming presence, his laugh, and his wisdom. Our family events will not be the same without him but we will do our best to honor him by living life to its fullest. Today would have been his 60th birthday. Cheers to you in heaven, Riggs. We miss you and always will.

Mark Strauch

Posted at 10:14pm
It's hard to express how highly I thought of Riggs.

He was the man who brought my Mom so much happiness and allowed her to be the amazing woman that she is. A place for her to be herself, to be supported, to be loved and to be an example to all of us, as Riggs was too. Their love and relationship was an example for all of us.

He was a incredible role model for me --- not only in his relationship with my Mom, but in his relationship with everyone! He gave so much of himself to anyone that was a part of his life. He was a constant learner and an incredible listener. He was usually the smartest person in the room, but he never made anyone feel like that. His knowledge, friendship, insight were all gifts to us all.

He was the best of grandpas to my son, Dylan --- starting with yearly camping trips to Carpinteria, where Dylan and Grandpa Riggs forged memories that will last a lifetime. Riggs was always there for Dylan, at his games, at his events, there for him at the drop of a dime. He was a rock, a constant --- the type of person you could count on, 100%.

Riggs - You will continue to be a role model, an example for all of us that knew you. You are in our thoughts, but more importantly, you are a part of who have become as people --- the very best parts of who we are.

Tom Baxter

Posted at 03:50pm
My deepest thoughts and prayers to Rigg's family during this difficult time. He was my sales manager for quite a few years and it truly was a pleasure working with him. I admired him for his knowledge of the industry, his intelligence, and most of all if you ever had something on your mind Rigg's was the man to call whether it was work related or not. Every time I hear the phrase "Living the dream" I immediately think of Rigg's.. Now he's Living the dream with our Lord. Rest easy my friend. Tom Baxter and Family.

Elaine Patrick

Posted at 07:52pm
I am the only person who knew Riggs from the day he was born. I was there. He was a strong boy with a strong mind from day 1. When he was less than 5, he had a firm grasp of who he was. He was explaining to his sister, Marie, on the floor of the kitchen where "me" was located. Before I ever tried to explain about a Supreme Being, or his immortal soul, he knew. He pointed to his stomach and said "me' was not there, then pointed to his head and said " me" was not there. Then with a big sweeping motion he pointed to his whole physical body and said " but me is in there someplace". He was not confused, his physical body was not the same as this mysterious " me".
I will miss him as long as I live. He was so important to our family, and we were important to him. He loved Cathy with a deep and personal love. She told me they were one. He loved us all and his work family too. He lived by the law of love, for the Eternal Presence, for himself and for all his neighbors. We were fortunate to be one of his neighbors.

Robin Martin

Posted at 05:46pm
On Easter Sunday April 12th, 2020 I lost another brother in law Riggs. We lost Chris just 7 months ago. I didn’t have any brothers growing up but I married in to this wonderful close knit family and I had the best 3 brother in laws ever. This creates a big hole in the family. He will be missed dearly. Riggs was the oldest so he was the strength of the family

Elaine, I can’t even begin to think of losing 2 of your children. Especially in 7 months. My heart breaks for you. You are the strongest woman I know. You have done a wonderful job raising such a close loving family. This is a terrible loss to our family but we will carry on. We will remember all the good times. Thank you for raising such beautiful children and teaching them what love truly is made of. I love you forever.

Watching Rob interact with Riggs over the years made me realize that they grew up as best friends. Rob lost his best friend. I don’t have the magic words to take away the pain, but just know that I am here for you and I love you forever

Camping became the family tradition almost every summer since 1994. Riggs and Rob would start planning the next camping trip all year long. They always had new ideas or new gadgets. Both guys worked hard to earn the “Camping King” title. I loved this friendly brotherly competition.

Riggs was the candy Uncle for my kids and my Grandkids. His pockets always filled with candy. He loved all the kids and they loved him. He also took them fishing. They loved it. Riggs treated my kids as if they were his own. He was always interested in their lives and what was going on.

Riggs will be missed by the entire family and all of his friends. He was one of a kind. Always a gentleman, so helpful, considerate, loving, and compassionate. I know he loved me and my family. He told me that he loved me every time he hugged me. I miss those hugs. I will miss his wisdom, cooking show with Rob, everything about him, and especially his laughter. I loved hearing him laugh.

I loved the way Riggs loved Cathy. They were meant to be together. He loved her so much and it was evident from everything he did for her. My heart aches for her. I wish I had the magic words to take the pain away. Just know that we are here for you Cathy. We love you forever.

Camping will never be the same without Riggs. Watching Riggs and Rob cook was quite the show. They had a system that worked. Other people would chip in too. If we were missing something in our gear chances are Riggs would have it. Camping got better every year. We went from hot dogs and burgers to gourmet meals over the years. The food gets better every year. We went from Corona beer to tequila shots. Boy do we like our tequila. Sometimes starting right after noon.

When Riggs died it felt like a piece of my heart was ripped out. Riggs had so much more life to live. It’s so hard to believe that you’re really gone. We had plans to move to Henderson when we all retired. We were all going to grow old together as a family Riggs and now you’re gone. The plan is still on. We will retire in Henderson even though you will be missed dearly. I will love and miss you forever Riggs.

Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard but always near
So loved, so missed, so very dear.

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