Obituary for Shaun Vincent Rios

Shaun Vincent Rios, quietly entered into eternal rest on Sept. 2, 2020, at the age of 32.  He was born on Nov. 22, 1987, in Safford to Louis B. Rios and Sheri Angle Rios, joining all of his siblings; Rachel, Krissi, Louie Jr., and Michelle.

Shaun graduated in 2007 from Thatcher High School, where he was the #1 fan for Eagles football and loved being in the high school band. Shaun’s bucket list was to see all high school football fields.  He also loved EAC football games and didn’t miss any of them. He enjoyed high school band day and loved the EAC band days as well. He was also a very faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Shaun was the definition of the true love of Christ and cared about and loved everyone.  

Shaun Vincent Rios

He was full of life and enjoyed many things – such as WWE Wrestling Events – and was ecstatic when he was able to meet the wrestle-mania superstars in person, 80’s TV binge-watching, swimming, and diving off of the high diving board, rollerblading with one rollerblade, skateboarding, a carnival connoisseur, and a football fanatic.  Shaun was in the Special Olympics for five years where he earned 11 gold medals, six silver, and eight bronze medals.  On the 4th of July, Shaun always shot off the first firework with the Safford firefighters and rode in the fire trucks with them. He really got a kick out of scaring people with his scary Halloween masks.  Shaun was a joy to be around and his smile would light up a room.

Shaun is survived by his parents, Louie and Sheri Rios; his siblings, Rachel (Rick) Motes, Krissi (Chris) Jacob, Louie Rios, Jr., and Michelle (Brett) Lee. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Heath, Kyle, Wyatt, Brett, Cole, and Marley Motes, Hannah, Summer, Bo, and Gunner Jacob, Hunter, Tanner, De, and Buggy Rios, and Lexi and Jaxon Lee.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Janet Angle, Helen Angle, Alberto Rios, Lydia Perez, Bedos Luzania, Mandi Rios, and Eric Perez. 

A viewing was held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pima Stake Center, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. followed by the funeral services at 10 a.m. also at the Pima Stake Center.  Interment will be in the Thatcher Cemetery following services.

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A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. Click here to visit the fundraiser page.