Fred A. Wiggins |

Fred A. Wiggins

Fred A. Wiggins, 76, longtime resident of Glenwood Springs, passed away unexpectedly March 12, 2008, in Valley View Hospital.

He was born April 16, 1931, in Chicago, to Fred and Marian Wiggins.

He married his best friend and sweetheart, Marilyn Crawford, on March 13, 1953.

Fred became an insurance claims investigator and was transferred to the Denver area in 1958. Three of their six children were born prior to the move; and three more children were born in Broomfield, where they lived for 15 years. Fred was transferred and took over the Western Slope region in Glenwood Springs in 1974. He retired from investigating in the mid-1980s.

Fred held a number of part-time jobs selling insurance, owning The Candy Land candy shop in downtown Glenwood Springs, and driving a school bus for the Re-1 school district.

Fred and Marilyn moved to the Sunnyside Senior Housing facility in 1993, where the residents became their second extended family.

Fred and Marilyn enjoyed many years of volunteering at the Extended Table of the First United Methodist Church, the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Wheeler Opera House. Fred volunteered briefly at Valley View Hospital.

Fred loved the Roaring Fork Valley. He enjoyed fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, and never tired of the beauty of “his” mountains. He loved to bike, enjoyed tennis and golf, and the Hot Springs Pool was always a favorite spot to visit with friends.

He was a craftsman at building model airplanes and boats. He and Marilyn were avid pool players.

Fred was a very caring and special individual who loved his family with all his heart. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his honesty, sense of humor, love of literature and music, sports, the Green Bay Packers and his collection of miniature cars and civil war figures. His family knew him to be a true romantic. A life well-lived was his legacy to his family and his many friends.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years; children Christy (Mike) Begien of Boston, Wade (Donna) Wiggins of Grand Junction, Karen (Doug) Brock of Denver, Lisa McDaniel of Highlands Ranch, Jennifer (Frank) Spangler of St. George, Utah, and Adam (Lisa) Wiggins of Castle Rock; and 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Per Fred’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private family gathering to celebrate his genuine influence and love in his family’s lives will take place this summer.

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