Francis "Frank" Cope Higham Jr.|
May 29, 1935 - April 20, 2014
Resident of Lafayette
Frank passed away peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his wife and five children. He was a teacher, advisor and friend to many.
Frank was born in Salt Lake City and the family later moved to California, first to Stockton and later to Oakland. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School where he played football and obtained a life-long love of the game. He graduated from Brigham Young University, before attending law school at Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley). Later in life, he attended St. Mary's College and earned his MBA.
He married his sweetheart, Linda Taylor (whom he often called "The Lovely Linda"), and they made California their home for most of their 54 years of marriage. After passing the bar exam, Frank practiced law in Guam, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Throughout his adult life, Frank gave active service in his church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), where his gift for teaching made him a beloved figure with children, teenagers and adults. He served a 2.5 year mission to the Spanish-American Mission in Texas.
His greatest hobby was spending time with his family, followed by photography and reading crime/mystery novels. He loved music and his children learned to harmonize by sitting next to him at church.
Frank is survived by his wife, Linda; five children and their spouses: Lisa and Don Gren, Michelle and Andrew McFadden, Matthew and Ellen Higham, Jen and Sean Stewart, and Sokunnary Ing and Matthew Wright; 15 grandchildren: Stephen and Lindsai (Spencer Schwendiman) Gren; Haley and Clare McFadden; Joshua, Christopher, David, Emily and Holly Higham; Skyler (Kory Johnson), Nathaniel and Lilia Stewart; Tiffany and Theresa Ing; and William Song; and five siblings: Sharyn Larsen, Merrill (Carol) Higham, Linda Thomson, Leslie (Michael) Callahan, and Douglas (Colleen) Higham.
Services will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the LDS Oakland Chapel (4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, enter the chapel at the far end of the parking lot next to the temple) at 11:30 am. You are invited to greet the family at 10:30 am or immediately following the services.
In Salt Lake City, services will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the LDS Mount Olympus Chapel (4635 S. Lanark Road, Salt Lake City) at 11:30 am. You are invited to greet the family at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery after the service. Express condolences at www.oakparkhillschapel.com
Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 27, 2014