Patrick James Higgins

March 7, 1949 ~ July 10, 2022 (age 73)



March 7, 1949 – July 10, 2022


Patrick. J. Higgins, of Fullerton, California, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020 following a long and valiant fight against pancreatic cancer. To ease his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Melanie Lee McGilton Higgins and his daughters: Kelly Leitner and Christy Piraro, his son-in-law Blayne Leitner, son-in-law Dan Piraro, his step-daughter Rebecca Jones and son-in-law Richard Jones, his stepdaughter Amanda Martin, and his beloved grandchildren: Brandon Leitner, Ryan Leitner, Colette Jones, Corinne Jones, Isaiah Martin, and Lilly Martin; and former wife Gayle Higgins.

He served with distinction in the United States Army with duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, after which he returned to Southern California where he achieved success in the critical commercial transportation industry.  His reputation for hard-work, dedication and honesty were recognized by his employers, friends and colleagues. In his youth he was an award-winning driver in “quarter-midget” racing.

He was known throughout the state for being a lover. He loved his wife, his family, a great pastrami sandwich from “The Hat”, and a hamburger from almost anywhere! He loved a good movie, a suspenseful television drama, and following NASCAR racing. He also loved his dog, tolerated scores of wandering cats, and occasionally fed a hungry bird. He will be long remembered for his constant good cheer, clever sense of humor, and insatiable zest for life. He was, in every sense of the word, a Good Man!

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July 16, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Dilday Chapel
17911 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Graveside Service
July 18, 2022

12:00 PM
Good Shepherd Cemetery
8301 Talbert Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

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