Elmer B. Rigoni


Elmer B. Rigoni

Elmer B. Rigoni, age 89, went to meet his Lord on July 23, 2022, while in his home in Belen, with is wife of 37 years at his side.

Elmer was born on May 8, 1933, in Roy, N.M., to Emilio and Edith Rigoni.

He attended NMSU for a period of time after graduating from high school, but decided ranching was more to his liking. He traded cattle and operated the family ranch until 1980, at which time he moved to central New Mexico, where he was involved in various endeavors.

Everyone who knew Elmer will agree he was special and one of a kind. His quick wit, stories and sense of humor were so creative and captivating. He had an honest respect for everyone he knew.

He was so talented and excelled in everything he did. Elmer loved being a pilot, cowboy, riding a good horse and catching wild cattle. And boy could he cook — from polenta to shrimp scampi, he was one of the best.

He recently said, “I lived a good life; have good boys, and know love.”

Elmer often showed his love through a great meal. Cooking big cowboy breakfast every morning with the boys, quests and the ranch hands gathered around a big table gave him great joy.

His love for Jody was sweet, and they would share kindnesses and her love and interest in horse training as well as horseback riding together in the mountains.

He lived a very full and colorful life.

So much more can be said of Elmer, but he wouldn’t want it. He asked only that he be remembered in the hearts and minds of the people he loved and the many lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Jody; his sister, Rosalie; three sons, Rick (Madeline), Terry (Peggie) and Ron; five grandchildren, Leah, Hannah, Susanne, Ray and Chris; five great-grandchildren Colten, Caden, Cannon, John and Amelia.

He will be forever remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him.

At his request, there will be no service.

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