Known for his Stetson hat and cowboy boots, longtime Ben Lomond resident Donald R. Higgins died with family by his side in Santa Cruz. He was 69.
Mr. Higgins was born in Reidley to Viola Owens Higgins and Roy George Higgins. He was known by his family as an inspirational and comforting person who lived life to the fullest.
Born and raised in California, he and wife Bonnie settled in Ben Lomond, where he lived for 27 years. A millwright by trade, Mr. Higgins traded those tools for business ownership, delivering tractors, backhoes and rock material throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains and making many lifelong acquaintances along the way.
He joined San Lorenzo Lumber and specialized in plumbing supplies for 16 years.
When not working, Mr. Higgins enjoyed tending to his beautiful home, yard, roses and meticulous shop and tinkering on his 1964 Ford. He also enjoyed driving in the Hollister Hills.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Higgins; children, Nanette Roberts of Chesapeake, Va., John Lang of Oklahoma, Jeri Lang of New Zealand and Dedra Lakely-Bennett of Scotts Valley; sister, Peggy Roy, and her husband, Danny, of Elk Grove; brothers, Tom Higgins, and his wife, Jennifer, of Farmington, Roy Higgins, and his wife, Dorothy, of Sonora and Ray Ellis of Pennsylvania; first wife, Deanna Higgins; two sons-in-law; seven grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Mr. Higgins’ life will take place later in the year.