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Larry F. Higgins ’61, 75, stepped beyond his journey with lymphoma on Nov. 27, 2012. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Charii; a son, Damon and his wife, Kerena; two grandchildren, Connor and Abigail; five siblings, Jack Higgins, Marion Walters, Bob Higgins, Patricia Cates and Eileen Higgins-Lower; and one sad dog, Katie. His parents and oldest son preceded him in death. Larry was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in August 1937 to John and Marion Higgins. He was the fourth of six children and the darling of all (although he did not know it). After several moves his family settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Larry proceeded to make a name for himself delivering newspapers (uphill both ways and in driving snow storms), and playing football and baseball for St. Francis High School. One of his proudest moments, next to the birth of his children, was his induction into his high school’s hall of fame for his tenacious pitching, wild knuckleballs, and outstanding leadership. These same qualities helped him pitch spring batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and be a four-year starter for Santa Clara University’s baseball team. Upon graduation from college, Larry accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. He served seven years, one in Vietnam flying helicopters, and earned the regular Army rank of captain and a Reserve rank of major. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, Larry met and married his best blind date and lifelong love, Charii. Together they moved to Spokane to raise their two children, Larry John and Damon. Larry took a managerial position with American Handicrafts, where he worked hard and was promoted to district and then regional manager. After several years he took a job with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, where he managed the Pullman store. He retired after 19 years and spent his time eating ice cream, traveling with his wife and dog in their fifth wheel, playing golf, visiting his grandchildren, and trying to strike out cancer in the biggest game of his life. The lefty took it into extra innings and left the game with his head high. Larry was a deeply private person; however, he met people with kindness, respect and a gentle tease. He will be missed deeply by those he touched, especially his loving family. GOD bless and keep you!