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Jerry Edward Higgins

Born: Wed., Feb. 11, 1948
Died: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sun., Jul. 14, 2019
Location: Westside Players

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It is with great sadness the Higgins family announces the loss of Jerry Edward Higgins on February 26, 2019 at 3:07 A.M. Jerrys’ wife Rhonda Rebich Higgins took great care of him throughout a two-year cancer battle and had the great privilege to hold his hand as he took his last breath on Tuesday morning. Jerry had just celebrated his 71st Birthday.

Jerry was one of three children born to Fredrick Willis Higgins and Marjorie Isabelle Harmon Higgins. He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on February 11, 1948.  Jerrys’ family migrated to California in 1953, where they lived until the family returned to Idaho in 1955.

Two of Jerrys’ best friends in the world included his older brother, James Dean Higgins and twin sister, Jeanette Marie Higgins Miller.  Jerry told many stories about his family, which included the three siblings’ many shenanigans.

Jerry graduated from Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1966. After graduation, Jerry worked at Herrett’s Jewelers in Twin Falls where he created several pieces of jewelry for his family and friends and became infatuated with the moon and stars.  Jerry joined the Army in 1967 and began his service to his country while acting as a crew chief in the B troop, 3rd squadron, 17th Air Calvary which played a vital role in the Vietnam War.  In 1968 and 1969 the Flight Medal and Army Commendation Medal was awarded to Jerry for his outstanding service against communist aggression and aerial flight and combat support during the Vietnam War. Jerry was honorably released from service on June 12, 1970.

In 1974 Jerry graduated from the College of Business at Pocatello Idaho’s Idaho State University with a BBA. He then began his life long career as a Certified Public Accountant. His career eventually took him to the City of Pocatello where he dutifully served as the Pocatello City Accountant until he retired in 2015. During his career Jerry also took time to teach CPA courses through local Universities.

On May 26, 1973 Jerry married Lois Diane Barney at the reorganized LDS Church in Twin Falls, Idaho. Although the two divorced in 1978, the couple worked together to raise their two children, Corey Higgins and Kristina Higgins-Teeters until Lois’s untimely death in November of 1983.

On April 29, 1988 Jerry married Rhonda Kay Rebich in a small civil service surrounded by close family and friends. The couple enjoyed many years together sharing in the joy of the theater and family. In July of 2018 the couple was happy to celebrate 30 years together with friends and family at a small summer get together.

Throughout his life, Jerry showed a great passion for the theater and all things thespian. In 1965 Jerry became a member of the National Thespian Society after playing a police officer in his first play ‘Pippi Long stocking’ at Twin Falls O’Leary Jr. High School in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jerry went on to act in several plays throughout high school two of which included; ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’, 1965, and ‘Miracle Worker’ in 1966. In 1988 Jerry worked with the Westside Players to restore the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Pocatello, Idaho, where they participated in the production of Jerrys all-time favorite play; ‘Sneaky Fitch’, a western comedy in which he played the hilarious and lovable Sneaky Fitch.  Jerrys’ continued passion for theater was evident in his relationship with Pocatello’s thespian scene. Jerry was a board member, director, actor and mentor with the Westside Players; actor with Idaho State University Theater; and actor and mentor with the Old Town Actors Studio also of Pocatello, Idaho.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick W. Higgins; mother, Marjorie I. Higgins; and brother, James D. Higgins.

Jerry leaves behind his wife, Rhonda K. Rebich-Higgins; son, Corey L. Higgins and daughter- in-law, Lyndy Lee-Higgins; daughter, Kristina Higgins-Teeters and son-in-law, Charles L. Teeters; sister, Jeanette Higgins-Miller and brother-in-law, Robert Miller; nephew, Skyler Higgins (Julie); niece, Penny Higgins (Mike); grandchildren, Thomas Higgins (Toni), Canyon Wayment, Gibson Wayment, Keston Higgins, Marjorie Teeters, Charles E. Teeters, Lyndz Higgins, Walter Teeters, Jeramiah Teeters, and Lillian Teeters. Jerry also leaves behind five great-grandchildren.

A wake will be given to celebrate the life of Jerry on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at Pocatello’s Westside Players playhouse located at 1009 South 2nd Avenue Pocatello, Idaho 83201.

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Fred N
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
To the Family,
I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Losing my parent has been difficult for me.
However, I found this scripture helpful. It is what Jesus said at John5:28,29: “28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;”
Hopefully thinking about what these verses state can help your family during this time as it has for me.

Tom & Diana P
   Posted Thu February 28, 2019
To the family
We will truly miss our very dear friend Jerry. He brought us and many others so much joy. We will always remember his laughter and zest for life. We loved him very much.

David Swindell
   Posted Thu February 28, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Jerry's passing. We worked together at the City offices for a long time. I learned a lot from him and will always remember his interest and talent in theater. He will be missed.

Randy Allen
   Posted Thu February 28, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jerry for his entire career at the City. I considered him to be both a mentor and a friend. Jerry’s talents in the financial world were only exceeded by his theatrical talent. Anyone that experienced the dedication he brought to the theatre will be forever touched.

Rest In Peace my friend.

Jeany A. Ripley
   Posted Sat March 02, 2019
Oh Rhonda, Please know I am thinking about you and offer you peace at this difficult time. Know you are loved and he chose you because of your light. If there's anything I can do to help during this tough transition, please just call. Love to you, Jeany

Terry Felsman
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
It was my pleasure to work with Jerry over my 41 years with the Pocatello Police Department. I enjoyed Jerry and many conversations we had when he came in early every morning to start the coffee pot. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed being around him. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family. Elder Terry Felsman, Suva Fiji Mission. Retired Captain of Detectives, Pocatello Police Department)

Chris Anderson
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
I just read of the passing of your husband. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Chris Anderson

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