General Donald A. Rigg (Ret.)
General Donald A. Rigg (Ret.)
March 7, 1934 - August 5, 2018
Donald A. Rigg passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Georgia Harrison officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
General Rigg was born March 7, 1934 in Portland, OR. He earned two undergraduate degrees at Oregon State University as well as the following Master’s Degrees: Business Administration and Political Science from Auburn University; and an MBA from Webster University. During his military career, he completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
In June of 1956, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and entered active duty in February 1958. He completed navigator and navigator-bombardier training, and then graduated from pilot training at Williams AFB where he remained as an instructor pilot. During the Vietnam War, he was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force base and flew the F-4 D/E with numerous missions into North Vietnam. General Rigg was a Command Pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours.
His key command assignments included Base Commander at Randolph AFB, Wing Commander at Vance AFB, Wing Commander and Commander of United States Forces at Lajes, Azores, and Deputy Commander of Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force in Turkey during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Key staff assignments included Air Force Director of Aerospace Safety; Deputy Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Technical Training, Air Training Command.
Among the various military awards and decorations, General Rigg was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Distinguished Flying Cross, with one oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal, with one oak leaf cluster; and the Air Medal, with eight oak leaf clusters. He retired from the Air Force as a Major General in 1992 with over 34 years of continuous active duty service.
Following his retirement, General Rigg became General Manager for Lear Siegler’s Aircraft Maintenance Contract at Sheppard AFB. Later he returned to Turkey as Program Manager for Vinnell-Brown & Root’s Base Maintenance Contract.
In addition to his military and civilian careers, he found time to be active in many social, civic, professional, and charitable organizations. Some of these are the Air Force Association, Order of Daedalians, Rotary International (Past President of Rotary Club of Wichita Falls), United Way, Red River Fighter Pilots Association, Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and Girl Scouts of America.
General Rigg is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne; daughter, Torey Ann Murata and husband, Rick; son, Scott Jacobs and wife, Holly; daughter, Andrea Clarke and husband, Edward; two sisters, Dory Plotner and Audrey Stone; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild, soon to be two.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rotary Club of Wichita Falls, PO Box 4728, Wichita Falls, Texas, 76308 or the donor’s charity of choice.