Horace Willis Higgs
A celebration of life for Horace Willis Higgs will be held later this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born March 27, 1918 in Salt Lake City to Horace H. Higgs and Myrtle Perkins Higgs, Will died Jan. 28, 2011.
Will spent his early years growing up in Bringham Canyon, where his father worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation until the Depression curtailed the copper operations. The family then moved to Bountiful, Utah, where Will lived until he graduated from the University of Utah. He met the love of his life, Leah Baxter, when they were attending University, and they were married in September of 1940. After Will earned his Master’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah, he and Leah moved to East Helena, Mont. where he worked for American Smelting and Refining Corporations for eight years. Their two children, Valerie and Jeffrey, were born during those years.
In 1950, Will began working for Cerro de Pasco Corporation, an American mining company whose operations were located in Peru, South America, and the family lived in La Oroya, Peru for the next 17 years.
Will started his career in Peru as a metallurgical engineer, but he soon became the manager of operations. In 1967, he was named executive vice president of Cerro de Pasco Corporation and was transferred to their New York office. Will and Leah made their home in Greenwich, Conn. until 1975 when the South American mines were expropriated, thus ending his responsibilities with Cerro de Pasco Corporation. Cerro Corporation was eventually sold, and the new owners reassigned. Will to manage a coal mining project in Pennsylvania. Will and Leah moved to Ligonier, Penn., where Will worked for the next year.
In 1976, Will was asked to manage a project with Clutha Coal Mining Company in Australia. He and Leah moved to Sydney, where they lived for the next four years.
In 1981, Will retired and he and Leah moved to Auburn. Shortly before Leah’s death in 2005, she and Will celebrated their 65th anniversary with friends and family. Will has been residing in Bishop with his daughter since 2008.
Will led a remarkably interesting and full life. He was an active member of every community where he lived and a life member of the Lion’s International. A true gentleman with a kind and generous spirit, “Poppy” was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family adored him and he will be missed.
He is survived by his sister, Monza Stevens of Pasadena; children, Valerie Higgs of Bishop and Jeffrey Higgs of Sandy, Utah; four grandchildren, Christopher Higgs of Corsicana, Texas, Trevor Murray of Napa, Andrew Higgs of Irvine and Shauna Murray of Bishop; and seven great-grandchildren.
In honor of Will’s memory, donntions may be made to the Hospice of the Owens Valley, 155 Pioneer, Ln., Bishop, CA 93514.