Josh Riggs, 32, died after falling while rock climbing in northern Arizona. According to the Coconino County SheriffвЂ™s Office, Riggs fell about 80 feet in an area 40 miles outside of Flagstaff near Sycamore Canyon on Monday, Nov.26.
Authorities said they received a 911 call Monday afternoon from a woman who reported that her boyfriend was seriously injured. Riggs died by the time rescuers reached him.
вЂњHe was talented and thoughtful, funny and nice to be around. He spent the last month or so with us working on the entrance signs to Moab and took great pride in his work,вЂќ said Scott Anderson of Triassic Industries.
David Olsen, Moab city community director, took pictures of the new entrance signs with Riggs shortly after the signs were installed on Nov. 16.
вЂњHe was a really neat person,вЂќ Olsen said. вЂњHe had great ideas and could figure out how to do just about anything.вЂќ
Lisa Boose described him as вЂњtalented, grounded, calm, creative, empathetic, and fun loving.вЂќ
Riggs was quoted as saying, вЂњDonвЂ™t live like there is no tomorrow, live like youвЂ™re gonnaвЂ™ be here forever.вЂќ
вЂњHe hiked to climbs in flip flops with hands in pockets. A minimalist at heart, his temperament was low key as well. He could be the center of a party without being the center of attention,вЂќ Boose said. вЂњHelpful, giving, his talents were his gifts and he shared them freely.вЂќ
A memorial service was held for Riggs on Dec. 3 in Tulare, Calif. A memorial is now being planned to be held in Moab.
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