May 2, 1968 – December 19, 2012
It is with deep sadness and regret that I share the news with you that Riley Livingston, my friend, partner, and cofounder of BioGenesis, passed away December 19th, 2012.
Riley was a true visionary in the nutraceutical industry and his entrepreneurial spirit, vision, and leadership will never be forgotten by those he leaves behind. Within the BioGenesis community, Riley was a mentor and friend to all. His unending passion to help the lives of others deeply touched all of us who had the pleasure of working with him. That same commitment and passion also touched the lives of countless thousands of patients who live a better quality of life today because of him.
Riley will be greatly missed and his spirit and legacy will live on forever, not only inside the walls of BioGenesis, but also in everyone he touched and helped. As our company, employees, and partners move forward in the legacy that Riley began, it is with great honor that we carry on his mission of healing. And while we continue those works that he began more than a decade ago, we will forever be inspired by Riley’s wisdom, inspiration, and soul, which is the very foundation of this company.
David Wood, ND – Co-founder & CEO BioGenesis Nutraceuticals
Editor’s Note: Riley was well known to many NDs throughout Washington, a familiar face and personality for many years, and his passing comes as quite a shock. The WANP offers condolences to Riley’s family and loved ones and offers the following excerpt from his obituary published in the Seattle Times on December 27-28, 2012.
“Riley Arthur Livingston, 44, passed away on December 19, 2012 in Mill Creek, Washington. He was born on May 2nd, 1968 in Great Falls, Montana. He graduated from Charles M. Russell High School and then later attended Seattle Pacific University, receiving his B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Corporate Fitness. He was the CEO, owner, co-founder, of businesses such as Biogenesis, Zip-Fizz, and Innova Nutrition Corporations.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek Golf Club and was involved in the Seattle University Scholarship Fund. He enjoyed working out, especially lifting weights, martial arts and swimming. Riley was an energetic, loving and generous person; dedicated to his friends, family and his work. He was concerned about health, fitness and his calling in life was to create three companies dedicated to those principles. He loved the sun and the outdoors and enjoying life with his family.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Duncan & Genevieve Livingston, Darlene & Arthur Couch and uncle, Jim Livingston. He is survived by his parents Gerald & Carol Livingston; brother, Michael Livingston; children Grayson 16 years, Amaiya 12 years, Riley Junior 6 years, and Jaxston 5 years; uncle and aunts John & Carmen Davis, John & and Beverly Livingston; cousins Tracy, Diane, Mark, and Mary; former wife Gina Martello Livingston and fiance; Chanelle Livingston.”
For those who would like to make a memorial donation, Riley’s family suggests the following organizations: Boys and Girls Club of King County, Seattle Pacific Scholarship Fund, and the Unspoken Angel Golf Invitational, for autistic and disabled children.