Family and friends remember biker with last ride

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Family and friends came together Friday for one last ride to honor fallen biker Silver Glenn Rivera.

Bikers, friends and family gathered in Solomon on Friday morning for Silver’s Last Ride.


The gathering was to honor their fallen brother, Silver Glenn Rivera, who tragically passed away in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 in a motorcycle crash. The event was held on what would have been Rivera’s 46th birthday.

“One of the things that really blesses me is how the biker community comes together like this as sad as it is,” Dr. Phil Tutor said.

Silver’s last ride began at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ meeting house parking lot in Solomon. More than 100 bikers, including friends who made the trek up from Tucson, formed a processional. With law enforcement from the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, DPS and the Safford and Pima Police departments performing traffic control, the group rode from Solomon down U.S. Highway 70 to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for his funeral.

Friends who took part in the ride spoke kindly of the man they called the “gentle giant.”

“Everybody cared and loved him, and he loved and cared for everybody,” Heather Lopez said. “He had a kind heart and a kind spirit.”

“He was a great all in all good man,” Edgar Pacheco said. “He still owes me that ride up to the mountains. I still remember that. He still owes me that ride.”