Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


Shawn William Higgins

September 27, 1985November 23, 2019
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Shawn William Higgins, age 34, newly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019. He was born in Humble, Texas on September 27, 1985 to Marvin W. and Janet (Swim) Higgins. Shawn’s father passed away when Shawn was two years old. Shawn attended kindergarten in Humble and remained close to his Higgins grandmother and grandfather and aunts and uncles. Shawn, his mother and his sister Stephanie moved to Derby, Kansas in 1992. Shawn attended public schools in Derby and during those years he established many close friendships that remained intact the rest of his life. He also made many trips back to his grandparents’ farm in Huntsville, Texas where he learned to enjoy horseback riding and developed a deep love of nature. During his school years Shawn’s family hosted two foreign exchange students, Sophie De Giorgi and Simon Schopferer, who, along with Sophie’s husband, Thomas De Coninck, he considered as his lifelong brothers and sister. His maternal grandmother, Joyce S. Swim, was a big influence throughout his life as well.

Shawn graduated from Derby High School in 2004 and Butler County Community College in 2006. He attended the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wichita State University in 2016. Throughout his life he had an intense love of learning and educated himself in many areas, from history to quantum mechanics. He was near fluent in German and his other passions included politics, sports, especially the Kansas City Royals, and gun collecting. He was the perfect “fun” uncle to his niece and nephews and loved seeing the world through their eyes. He was devoted to the family dog Fritzi. Family and friends were always Shawn’s priority and he always put others before himself.

Shawn worked in different areas of retail and customer service throughout his life, most recently at City Blue Print in Wichita since 2012 where he was a digital plotter in the engineering department. Shawn traveled to Europe five times, most recently in September 2019 with his mother and sister. In October he moved to Colorado Springs and looked forward to beginning a new phase of his life. He took great pleasure from the beauty of the area.

He is survived by his mother, Janet Higgins, Colorado Springs, sister Stephanie (Higgins) and Benjamin J. Gray, nephews Gavin and Alden Gray and niece Violet Gray, all of Scottsdale; and aunts Kathy Hilmers, Tomball, Texas; Pam Higgins, Burnett, Texas; and aunts and uncles Barbara (Higgins) and Bob Boyette, Coldspring, Texas; Debbie (Higgins) and John Calderone, Chappel Hill, Texas.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, December 14, 2019 in the Explorer Room at Exploration Place, 300 McLean Blvd., Wichita, Kansas 67203. Interment will be in Rosewood Cemetery, Humble, Texas, in January 2020. In lieu of flowers, please pass on a random act of kindness in Shawn’s memory. “Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”


14 December

Memorial Service

3:30 pm

Exploration Place

Explorer Room

300 N. McLean Blvd.
Wichita, KS


Shawn William Higgins

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Dick and Marilyn Fox

December 7, 2019

When we would go to Kansas, Shawn would often come with Janet to our family gatherings. He was a kind, caring young man.

Our heartfelt prayers are with Janet and Stephanie and all of his family. He will be sorely missed.


December 4, 2019

Shawn will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, he lit up the room with his warm personality!!

Love and prayers to Janet, Stephanie and family!

Jim and Madeline Lee

David Malia

December 3, 2019

I remember Shawn fondly as one of the young kids at Thanksgivings and other family events. He was always curious and a joy to be around. He was taken too soon. My deepest sympathies to his mother and sister.

Lisa Taskerud

December 2, 2019

What a privilege to have known Shawn. He was a kind man and we will indeed honor his memory with random acts of kindness. Our thoughts and prayers to all who miss him dearly.

Jayme Matthews

December 2, 2019

Shawn was such a huge part of my family for many years. I always thought the world of him and his kind heart and will continue to do so. My deepest condolences to his family that lost such a great soul way too soon. Forever in our heart his memory will go on♡

Terri Pratt

November 30, 2019

From the little boy running across the street to a good friend of my sons, Ryan, the memories run deep. Such a good soul on earth and now watching over from Heaven. He will be truly missed!

Carleen Stearns

November 29, 2019

Confidantes, soul mates, true unconditional loves, best friends , next to Fritzi and Thor my dog 😊 and true companions. You are forever embedded in my heart. My beautiful guy you are at peace and your pain in this world is gone. Shawn, I know by little signs through out the day that you are speaking to me and are with me. I never once questioned your love for me as you always knew my love for you. You would speak to me in French sometimes and I would have to google it. This is what I have...”Je t’aimerais pour l’e’ternite.
Janet and Stephanie my prayers and thoughts are with you always.

Cheryl Farris

November 29, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. The memories that I have of Shawn I will always hold dearly to my heart. He will greatly be missed. I am thinking and praying for all of you.

Jordan Dekat

November 27, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss! I am thinking and praying for you all. He will always be in my heart and i will cherish the memories and time i had with him.