Don Lee Rigtrup
1945 ~ 2016

Don Lee Rigtrup was born June 1, 1945. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, in American Fork on December 23, 2016 from auto immune liver disease.

Don grew up in Springville, Utah, the son of Frank and Bernice Rigtrup. Don has one brother, Jerry Rigtrup. Don married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dubois, on August 11, 1967 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Don and Bonnie had eight children- all but six were boys. Lee Ann (Roger) Gagon, Jennie (Landon) Wallace, Wendy (Greg) Wall, Brian Rigtrup, Jill (Richard) Fisher, Julie (Shane) Laycock, Michael (Mackenzie) Rigtrup, and Michelle (Jeremy) McCarty. Don is grandpa to 21 grandchildren with one on the way.

Don is a loving and honored patriarch to his family. He presided in their home with righteousness. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in all of their pursuits.

Don graduated from Springville High School. He attended BYU and the University of Utah. He served in the Utah National Guard.

Don was an excellent provider for his family. It has been said that a father carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be. Early in his professional career he was a heavy equipment crane operator, then became a safety engineer, and later created his own consulting business, Workplace Safety. Don helped “manage the risk.” Throughout his life he made many great friends through his work associations. He is a loyal and generous friend.

Don was a lifelong active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many church callings. He dressed up as Santa for ward Christmas parties.

Don loved fishing and after retirement could be found at “The Fish Store” on Saturday mornings. He treasured the friendships he made there.

Don took to heart the lessons taught in the Good Samaritan. He was a good neighbor to all.

The family wishes to thank The Peaks Care and Rehabilitation in Orem and Symbii Hospice for their incredible kindness and compassionate care.

Don is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bonnie, his children, and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Utah State Developmental Center, Attention: Business Office, 895 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah 84003.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 11:00 am at the American Fork 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 381 South 300 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and again from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Thursday morning at the church prior to services. Interment will be at the American Fork City Cemetery.

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