Riley Cooper Savage was born July 16, 1872 in Toquerville, Utah. He was the second son of a plural marriage between his father, Levi Savage Jr., and his father's fourth wife, Mary Ann Cooper Savage. Between 1895 and 1898, he served his mission in the Southern States. The diaries show his mission started in Wilmington, Delaware. In the last entry on November 10, 1898, Savage and his companion were in Vicksburg, Mississippi when they were set to return to Salt Lake City. After his return to Southern Utah in late 1898, Savage gave an address during the St. George Stake Conference and was appointed a home missionary for Harmony, Utah. He would continue to serve as a home missionary for several areas. Savage married Mary Eveline in 1904 and together they had five children. In 1923, Savage built a home in Leeds, Utah. In 1942, Savage was appointed chairman of a sorghum plan subcommittee of the Church stake welfare committee. On May 25, 1954 Savage passed away after an accident and is buried in St. George, Utah.