CHICO, Calif. - Truel J. D. (Jay) Riggs went home to be with our precious Lord on Feb. 13, 2008, in Chico, surrounded by family at his bedside. He was born July 18, 1934, in Perkins, Okla., one of seven children born to John and Virgie Riggs.

Along with his family he moved to California as a young boy and was raised in the Fairfield area. He moved to Chico with his wife, Donna and young son, Randy in 1960. He opened a Chevron service station with his brothers, Leon and Hancil and became good friends with many of the utility and postal employees who frequented the business before it was sold in 1969.

He returned to school in his 30s to study law enforcement and graduated in two years from a four-year program. He divorced in 1972 and returned to Fairfield where he met and married Lorna Martinson.

Together with her children they moved to Hamilton, Mont., where he was employed as a prison guard at Deer Lodge State Penitentiary. After his retirement he and Lorna settled in Ocean Park, where he remained until approximately six months prior to his death.

Mr. Riggs loved the ocean and especially the Lighthouse Restaurant with its amazing views and looked forward to monthly dinners there. He appreciated so much how the community of Ocean Park embraced him and his wife and made them feel so much a part of the area.

He was a wonderful father who was active with his son in "Y" Indian guides and YMCA. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his caregivers were so amazed that a man in such pain could continually make them laugh with his wry wit.

Survivors include his wife, Lorna of Seattle; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Cindy Riggs of Chico, Calif.; step-children, Jill Martinson of Seattle; Mark and Margie Martinson of Vacaville, Calif.; Lawrence and Tami Martinson of Grass Valley, Calif.; and Paul Martinson of Louisanna. In addition he leaves his brothers, Leon of Redding, Calif., and Hancil of New Castle, Calif.; a sister, Geraldine Tabler of Redding, Calif., along with seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Neighborhood Church in Chico, CA. You may share your thoughts and condolences at

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