Jerry Cassim Higginson

Jerry Cassim Higginson

Our much-loved father and grandpa, passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2023 while surrounded by his children. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Elmo and Lelia Hatch, his identical twin brother, George, and his cherished wife, Judi [Waters].

Jerry was born in Caldwell, Idaho on May 13, 1938, and lived his early life in Denver. At age 15, his family moved to New South Wales, Australia where his father was asked to travel as an expert engineer. It was there he attended high school and developed a lifelong love of words.

After his graduation from high school, he returned to the United States where he enrolled at the University of Denver. In 1958, he served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Australian Mission, which included the areas of Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Tasmania.

Jerry’s love of learning led to a BS in Business Administration in 1962 from the University of Denver, a Masters in History in 1963 from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the University of Denver in 1969. He went on to a successful career in real estate, stocks, and bonds while also teaching night classes in business at the University of Utah.

Jerry came from a musical family where he learned both piano and violin. He played in the University of Denver Symphony. Later, he added the organ to his musical repertoire and used this gift in both the Salt Lake Temple and in his local wards for many years.

Jerry’s heart encompassed not only his close-knit family, but extended to his community, state, and church. He served on the local boards of the Alta Club, the Children’s Dance Theatre, Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, and the American Cancer Society, the latter of which he served as State Crusade Chair in 1987-88, helping to raise over a million dollars for the first time. He also served on the national boards of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and Alpha Kappa Psi. He found great joy serving in many responsible positions in his church.

His favorite activities involved his children, Jeremy and Jodi. Jerry and Judi were on the Parent Booster Club at Highland High School where Jeremy was a champion swimmer and earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Utah. Jeremy has gone on to develop and manage several of his own successful businesses. Jerry shared his love of music with Jodi, encouraging her to develop skills on the violin and learn to sing opera. She is now a well-known author of fantasy books, having recently received the 2023 Diamond Quill Best Book of the Year.

Jerry is survived by his two children, Jeremy [Samantha] Higginson and his daughter Jodi [Joe] Milner, and his eight wonderful grandchildren. He is also survived by his attentive brother Robert, and the best sisters ever, Dianne [David] Seckler, Alzina [Joel] Warner, and Julie [Ralph] Hancock, along with many outstanding nieces and nephews.

A warm thank you goes to his longtime friends, with special thanks to his recent Elders Quorum Leader for his kindness and generosity in helping him achieve his “bucket list” of revisiting the museums and national parks that he and Judi had experienced together.

The family wishes to thank the caring and competent caregivers and friends who helped bring comfort and enjoyment in his last few years. A special thanks goes to his son, Jeremy and daughter-in-law Samantha who brought Jerry into their home for the last year and a half and made it possible for him to live out his best life.

He will be entombed at the Salt Lake City View Mausoleum.

A celebration of life open house will be held on September 29th from 2-4pm. To attend virtually, please click —> HERE <—

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1 Comment
  • Ken Bagby
    Posted at 15:54h, 29 September Reply

    Having been friends with Jerry (and Judi) for over 50 years, we bid a fond farewell to a wonderful guy! Always cheery, happy, uplifting, and joking. A true pleasure to be around. As well as professional and competent.

    We’ll miss seeing you regularly like we previously had, Jerry. But know we’ll meet again!

    Ken & Joyce Bagby

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