Obituary for Don E. Richins

Don E Richins, 72, of Duncan, passed away on Aug. 9, 2019. Don was born Feb. 2, 1947, to Adrian and Vivian (Ferrin) Richins in Safford.

Don graduated from Duncan High School in 1965. After graduation, he attended Eastern Arizona College. He married Glenda (Bonine) (1966-1991).  He married Janell (Broadhead) in 1992. Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an amazing grandfather and loved to spend time with all of his grandchildren. He loved to ride horses, fly airplanes, ride four-wheelers, and he was amazing at turning scrap and horseshoes into new and creative inventions and works of art. 

Papa Don loved to say that he’d never met a stranger. If you talked to him for more than five minutes, you were invited to the farm and became part of the family. This kind and loving cowboy will be missed every day. How grateful we are to have known him in this life and look forward to being with him in the next. 

Don Richins

Don is survived by his loving wife, Janell; his children, Tim (Cindy) Richins, Dondi (Wayne) Spivey, Traci (Bryan) Lovett, Kristi (Justin) Porter, Scott (Jessica) Richins, Kelli (Stewart) Adkins, Krista (Robert), Robert (Amber) Chatman, and Shane (Bre) Chatman; also his sisters, Shirley and Sherry. Papa Don had 39 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, Adrian and Vivian, and brothers, Danny and Wayne.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. The services will be held at the Duncan Stake Center, located at 105 Fairgrounds Rd. in Duncan. Interment will be in the Virden Cemetery following services.

Please join us for a luncheon back at the Duncan Stake Center to celebrate his life.

Arrangements are being made by McDougal’s Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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