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Robert Donald "Jake" Highton

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Robert Donald "Jake" Highton

January 14, 1931

August 7, 2017

Jake Highton died at his home of a heart attack on August 7, 2017. He was 86 years old. Jake was born Robert Donald Highton in New York City, New York on January 14, 1931. His parents were Herbert Donald Highton and Elizabeth Dickson.

Jake graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in journalism from Ohio State University. He worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit News, was a columnist for the Sparks Tribune and an occasional contributor for the Reno News and Review. Jake taught journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit, University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Nevada Reno for 30 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Highton Foxton, daughters: Jeannette (Jett) Highton Stansbury, Valerie Highton (Michael Pagnotta) and Victoria Highton Moloney (Kevin). Stepdaughters: Jacqueline Blake Holmes (Curt), Laurette Looney (Gino Puccinelli) and Christine Pilkey (Robert). Granddaughters: Monika Stansbury, Nikki Stansbury and Kamryn Moloney. Step grandchildren: Douglas Bodtcher, David Bodtcher, Erin Looney, Adrianne Goff, Carly Hupalo, Luke Pilkey and Ryan Miller. Step great grandchildren: Sofia Goff, Cassidy Bodtcher, Hillary Bodtcher, Palmer Bodtcher and Chase Bodtcher.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 3 pm at the UNR Knowledge Center, main floor Rotunda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the UNR Jake Highton Scholarship Endowment. UNR Foundation, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557 (For checks, please note in the memo line "Jake Highton Scholarship Endowment") or online at and select Jake Highton Scholarship Endowment.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2017
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