R.M. “Sonny” Carrigan was born in Seminole County, Okla. on May 12, 1931 to James and Nora Carrigan.
He passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, 2009 at the home he shared with his wife, Carol, of 55 years.
Sonny worked on the family farm until the age of 18 when he began a career re-tipping bits for the drilling industry. He and his family moved around the southwestern United States following the oil patch. Finally settling in Moab in 1969. He acquired Basin Bit in 1974 and ran it under the name of Sonny’s Bit Repair until his death.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter, Debbi (Joe) Mower of Price, Utah, son, Rick (Becky) Carrigan of Moab, and six grandchildren, Shelbi Mower of Price, Krista Mower of Price, Melissa (Joshwa) Kuretich of Paonia, Colo., Amanda (Matt) Hines of Tucson, Ariz. Jessica Carrigan of Moab, and Jamie Mower of Price.
He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom he adored.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and sisters, his grandson, Donavon Mower, and his great-granddaughter, Taylor Mower.
Sonny made many friends over the years. Few people who met Sonny did not instantly take a liking to him. He truly was known for his generous spirit. Sonny was always ready to talk and to listen and his presence will be deeply missed.
Services will be held at Community Church of Moab on Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.