Joseph Martin Higginbotham IV

Obituary
  • "Dear Linda, This is really a voice from your past--over 45..."
  • "McBee just told us about Mart. So sorry to hear about his..."
  • "Ryan and family . . . My deepest sympathies to you at this..."
    - Ward Starrett
  • "I can't imagine what the family feels, I only knew the man..."
    - Bryan Johnson
  • "Ralph, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. ..."

Joseph Martin "Mart" Higginbotham IV tragically passed away on June 20, 2014. He was the grandson of one of Dallas's founding fathers JM Higginbotham Jr., whose buildings are historically honored in downtown Dallas and the West End. Attended Hillcrest HS ('61) and The University of Iowa, where he played football and was an SAE. After several years as a CPA, Mart decided to instead pursue his true passion: cars. He rose to fame racing funny cars in the '70s with RFI car Drag On Vega. He was elected to Cars Magazine's Top Ten Funny Car Drivers of the Year. He worked and raced with several pioneering members of fuel racing's funny car dynasty including Don Long. After retiring from racing, he met his wife Linda and they had two children, Ryan and Kaylee. Boy Scout Pack Leader and soccer coach to his son, who has gone on to have a long career in the sport. Mart never missed a game to watch him play. He loved his daughter, now an attorney in Dallas, and was so proud of her adventures and accomplishments. He is survived by his wife Linda H. Higginbotham, his son Ryan M. Higginbotham and wife Julie, his daughter Kaylee D. Higginbotham, grandson Brayden H. Higginbotham and granddaughter (due in September), sisters Cindy H. Sawyer and Peggy H. Jackson (and Peggy's husband Max), brother Ralph Higginbotham and wife Wende, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There was never a man who sacrificed more for his family. Rest in peace, Pops. We love you, will miss you, will always be grateful to you, and will be seeing you again in the sunshine. Until then, Drag On. Memorial services will be held 2:00pm, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Park Cities Baptist Church, Ellis Chapel, 3933 Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. Reception immediately following in the parlor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan B. .



Published in Dallas Morning News on June 24, 2014
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