Kurt Higuera, of Grants Pass, Oregon (formerly of Tucson, San Manuel and Oracle, Arizona), completed his life’s journey on June 20, 2017 at the age of 66.
Kurt was born in Tucson, Arizona, April 22, 1951 to Wencie and Helen Higuera. He was the eldest of their three children and brother to sisters Paula and Carole.
As a child, Kurt attended Tucson’s Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and was a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School (1969). Kurt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science (Microbiology) from the University of Arizona (1975) and his Master’s degree in Science (Healthcare Administration) from the University of St. Francis (1988).
For the past nine years Kurt served as the Chief Executive Officer of Siskiyou Community Healthcare Centers of Josephine County, Oregon. His extensive healthcare career spanned over four decades and he was a dedicated advocate for quality healthcare in the rural communities of Arizona and Oregon.
In 1973, Kurt married the love of his life, Donna. Together they raised three wonderful children, Erica, Ben and Daniel. He was also the very proud grandfather of grandsons Morgan and Alex and cherished brother to Paula and Carole.
Kurt was a kind and gentle man and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, co-workers, colleagues and his dogs, Red and Blue. He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 43 years, Donna; children, Erica, Ben and Daniel (Yasmin); grandchildren, Morgan and Alex; sisters, Paula Brown (Mack), Carole Higuera-Fisher (Mike); sister-in-law, Diana Youssef; nieces, Tasha, Michelle, Nicole, Carly and Breann; nephews, Austin, Sam and Joe: and many extended cousins.
A celebration of Kurt’s life was previously held in Grants Pass and will also be held in Tucson at a later date.
You fought a valiant battle that we so desperately wanted you to win. Your pain is now over, but our love will never end. No one could have fought harder or given more than you – Your Loving Family