Gene Riggs

Obituary of Gene Riggs

Floyd Eugene "Gene" Riggs passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Gene was born in Tacoma on October 26th, 1926 to Floyd and Ellen Riggs.

At the age of 10, he won the 1937 Tacoma Soap Box Derby race and competed at the national championships in Akron, Ohio. This was one of his proudest moments growing up, and many of his photos and memorabilia are still on display at the Shanaman Sports Museum of Tacoma-Pierce County, located inside of the Tacoma Dome.

He graduated from Stadium High School in 1944 and spent several years in the Navy. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at the University of Washington and was part of one of the first ever dental school classes to graduate from the school, in 1952. After graduation, he moved to Lakewood, Washington and opened his dental practice, where he happily worked until he fully retired in 2000.

While in Lakewood, he became a member of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club in 1959, a membership he held for 58 years, until his passing. Gene loved two things more than anything in life: people and golf. As a member at "The Club", he got to enjoy both at the same time. He was happiest on the golf course and made many friends in the time he spent there. He will be sorely missed by all of those that loved him: his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and the many friends and family he so graciously would host for parties and gatherings at his home for many years.

He is survived by his sons Patrick and David and his daughters Alison and Elizabeth, as well as nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A special thank you to his friends and healthcare providers that helped him live independently in his home until his passing. This was so important to him, and appreciated by all that knew him.

A private burial and memorial service will be held at a later date. On line condolences may be left at www.newtacoma.com.