Joseph Steven Higgin (06/14/1951 - 04/07/2011)

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Ball & Dodd Funeral Home
5100 West Wellesley Ave
Spokane, WA

Joseph Steven
(Age 59)

Our beloved son and brother passed into God's hands on April 7, 2011. Joe had multiple treatments for brain cancer starting in 1983. He was born in Providence, RI on June 14, 1951. He moved to Spokane with his family at age three, attended Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Ferris High School and graduated with an AAS degree from Spokane Community College. Joe worked at a variety of jobs over the years; his last position was at Portland Meadows Race Track, as a Maintenance technician working with and around the horses he thoroughly enjoyed.
Joe's many interests included painting, going to auctions and garage sales and all sports. Hockey and horse racing were his favorite sports. He played Recreational League hockey as a young adult and Park League Baseball as a youth. He could be found on any weekend watching a favorite game. He enjoyed playing with the neighborhood children or simply watching them at play with their great imagination. He loved animals and enjoyed his pets, both dogs and cats.
He moved to Vancouver, WA in the 1970's and later to Snohomish, WA where he lived for more than twenty years before returning to Spokane in 2008.
Joe is survived by his mother, Shirley Higgin of Spokane and his brother, Scott Higgin of Spokane Valley, Scott's fiancé, Carol Rios; his aunts Joyce Harris (Raymond), Gail Dickson (Kirk) of Spokane Valley, and Patricia Winkleman (Murry) of Sarasota, FL. His many cousins live throughout the country. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter; grandparents, Joseph and Elsie Higgin of Narragansett, RI and Harold and Hazel Kirk of Spokane, WA; aunt Winifred Whaley of Ocala, FL; aunt Dorothy Kaegi (Bernard deceased) of Medina, Ohio.
Joe's courage and determination will be remembered by everyone who knew him. Special thanks to Alderwood Manor for their skilled and wonderfully caring staff and Hospice of Spokane and Cancer Care Northwest for their kindness and compassion.
A Memorial service celebrating Joe's life will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 at Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd. at 1 p.m.


Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2011
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