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Max Higginbotham

Max Higginbotham

Max Orland Higginbotham, 56, of Williams, Ore., died Saturday, March 17 at the VA Health Care Facility in Roseburg, Ore.

Arrangements by Stephens Family Chapel.

Max was born January 8, 1951 in Medford. He attended grade school in Medford and moved with his family to the Applegate Valley in the early 1960s, where he graduated from the 8th grade at the Applegate School. He graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1969. Max enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation and served — years at Norfolk, Va. He later worked aboard the U.S. geological survey ship, the SP Lee, traveling the world over as scientists mapped the sea floor, seeing such places as the Bering Sea, Pao Pao, New Guinea, the Panama Canal, Greece, Italy, Japan, the islands of the South Pacific, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. He transferred to the University of Hawaii's research vessel, Mauna Wave, and continued his travels around the world while scientists monitored the El Nio effects. After several years he returned to the mainland, working in Redwood City, Calif., repairing sailboats while living aboard his own boat, the Joya. In the early 1990s he and his brother-in-law drove the Pan-American Highway to Costa Rica. He later returned to Oregon and worked as a commercial fisherman. At the time of his illness he was working for Dirt Hog Excavation in Brookings, Ore.

Max's hobbies included riding, repairing and restoring motorcycles. At the time of his entrance to the Health Care Facility in Roseburg, he was restoring a 1964 Honda Dream.

He is survived by two children, Nathan Potter of Jennison, Mich. and Nichole Johnson of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his parents, Orland and Donna Higginbotham of Central Point, Ore.; and a sister, Julie Webster of Williams, Ore.

A younger brother, Robert Scott, proceeded him in death in 2005.

At his request, no services will be held. A gathering of friends and family is planned for a later date.

Max Higginbotham