Eugene Herigstad


November 30, 1948 - October 20, 2013

Eugene "Gene" Herigstad, 64, of Salem passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Gene was born in Salem, Oregon to Lester and Wanda Herigstad (Simpson), the eldest of four children. He graduated from North Salem High School and Willamette University. Gene married Chris Mulligan in 1970 and had two sons, Tyler and Zachary. His marriage ended in 1984 but he enjoyed many shared interests with his sons, such as, fishing, camping, wood crafting, wrestling, music, motorcycling and witty sense of humor. Gene served the community as a teacher and vice principal in the Salem-Keizer school district for 28 years. Shortly after retirement, Gene lost his youngest son to an automobile accident. He vowed to honor his son by helping as many people as he could and almost immediately chose the forum of his service work to be those in alcohol and drug recovery, where he touched countless lives. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Herigstad and his son, Zachary Herigstad. He is survived by his mother, Wanda Reinwald, his son, Tyler Herigstad, and his siblings, Nathan Herigstad, Donna Selby, and Diane Fountain. A Celebration of Life will be held at Salem Alliance Church on November 4th at 1:00 pm, 555 Gaines Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301. Contributions are suggested for the and Willamette Valley Hospice in Salem, Oregon. Please visit his online tribute at

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Keizer Funeral Chapel
4365 River Road North Keizer, OR 97303
(503) 393-7037

Published in StatesmanJournal on Nov. 3, 2013