OBITUARY

John Mark HIGBEE

July 13, 1954May 4, 2021

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    Monday, May 10, 2021

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John Mark HIGBEE

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Silvia Gonzalez

June 6, 2021

I am saddened to hear the news on John. He was my Branch Manager at CIG. He was a great Branch Manager. He was fair, cared for his branch employees, cracked jokes but when he was serious ... listen up! One hot summer day, I was working remotely from home. My house in Camarillo has no AC. My room upstairs was 100 degrees with the ceiling fans and windows open! John called to check up on me. Soon after, I heard my front doorbell ring. John was at my front door holding a ice cream popsicle! He said "I hope this helps". That was SO nice and thoughtful of him. I will never forget it. I will miss you John!! RIP 🙏

My sincere condolences to John's wife, children and family.

ROBERT KNETZGER

May 24, 2021

I’m really saddened to learn of John’s passing. I have many fond and funny memories of John from high school in Shorewood , Wisconsin. We worked together at a Baskin & Robins ice cream shop, with many “high” jinks during and after work. We hilariously decorated his old car as an “ice cream float-themed” float for an-unofficial entry in the SHS homecoming parade. John and I shared musical tastes and often compared notes on concerts and shows we’d seen—which we continued to do over the years. John had very definite opinions and knew what he liked—or didn’t. Good times visiting in San Francisco. Here’s a pic of us together near Pacifica from the late 70’s. I’ll miss John’s earnestness… and his humor. Condolences to his sisters, wife, and family. Peace. Bob Knetzger Kirkland, WA

Paul Birch

May 24, 2021

I'm very sad to learn of John's passing, and send my condolences.

John & I met in seventh grade, shared a love of guitar-playing and the best music of a great era for that and actually attempted to have a rock 'n' roll band for a brief while. That coming apart quickly, we stayed friends through high school, did a LOT of hanging out in college as we both advanced to UW-Madison, and stayed in touch now and then as the decades passed. My one and only visit to San Francisco I stayed with John and he was a great tour guide indeed.

I'm trying to sum up my own feelings about John, and a lot of his friends put it so eloquently. Even though his sense of humor knew few bounds, he also had a very serious streak. And everything he approached he approached with remarkable enthusiasm. Mainly, he was a good-hearted person and a great friend.

Vinnie Ascoli

May 12, 2021

Like many of the comments before me, I was sadden to hear the news of John's way too soon passing. John was unique. He could be very funny, he also could be very opinionated, and John could be very passionate about things. He strove to be a good Regional Manager in both his work and personal side. I interacted with John many times at the Reno office and some of his comments I still think about and smile. Like "Reno Approved" when it came to dress code. Not many people know why John would say that but just ask Dawn Mewhort. He also had a cool way of saying his name in a meeting or phone call, he would say "Higbee here." John was in many ways a working class hero. Rest in Peace John Higbee, rest in peace, my friend.

Karen Sindel

May 11, 2021

What a wonderful and down to earth guy. I feel fortunate to have been able to work alongside with John and become friends. So many lively and funny conversations we had together. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts are with his family as I know how much they meant to him.

Tom McAndrews

May 10, 2021

My first meeting with John came in August of 1973. We were assigned to be roommates at University of Wisconsin in temporary housing as both of our original housing plans for that year fell through. It was my first year there and John was a welcoming presence as he had been there the previous year.

John wore a buckskin coat and rode a 350 Honda motorcycle in those days. Very stylish in those days. I drove a Fiat 850 spider and had hair down to my back. We shared a love of music and became fast friends and it remained that way through the rest of our lives. The college road trips I took with him were memorable and fun. John fit in wherever he went. His easygoing style and ability to relate to all walks of life made him special. I will miss him.

Tom McAndrews

Bob Winn

May 10, 2021

A few words about a "really good man:"

I remember my first contact with John as a recruiter, proposing a potential employ to me that I eventually hired, and several more employees after that (always by phone.) In 1998, CIG was celebrating our 100th anniversary with a big western party in our parking lot, and this man came up, tapped me on the shoulder and said "Bob - I'm John Higbee" (of course I recognized the voice instantly.) Eventually he closed the recruiting business, asked me for referrals for employment. Instead, I hired him at our Company, and never regretted it for a minute. He was loyal, hard working, honest, and always positive. He was fun to be around, had a great laugh, and an infectious positivity.

He left us too soon, and our prayers go out to his family.
Bob Winn

Barb Etscheidt

May 10, 2021

Jeanne and I were VERY happy and excited to have a baby brother-I remember the day he and mom came home. I also will not forget the time my dad and grandpa Bachmann were babysitting us and a neighbor called to say that John was crawling down the middle of our street, Sheffield Ave! After that he was sometimes tethered to the clothesline-back and forth he went!

Of course he always got to go to Packer games with dad because he was the boy which annoyed me because I wanted to go!
In high school he wasn’t much of an athlete but he did stick it out and warmed the bench in basketball. He became an excellent stage hand for our high school drama productions and shocked all of us when he got the starring role in a play! Jeanne and I had to come home from Iowa State to see that!

And I won’t forget the time his big sister and her best friend had to clean up the remains of a party that he had at our house when our parents were gone-he was really hungover!
I was so happy John stayed overnight at my house after Alison’s wedding. We had a great night at the pub in Stone City. I was also glad I was able to see John in the last few years on trips to Arizona.

Mostly though I will miss the back and forth texts and emails about our favorite-and not so favorite-sports teams. The texts would be flying during football and basketball season!

There’s a lot more but that’s just a few things I thought of-happy memories. Except not ever getting to go to the Packer games!

Disne Pincus Ober

May 10, 2021

Dear Barbara, Kenny and Jennifer

How lucky we were to have John in the family. I appreciated his kindness and friendship.

I am so very sorry for your loss.
From
Cousin Diane and Ed

John Reynoso

May 10, 2021

I had the privileged to work with John at Allied and CIG. He always had a smile and was a constant professional. I remember at Allied we would debates about the cost of toilet paper! 1 ply vs. 2ply. Haha! He was a great guy. Rest in peace!