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Malcolm Bernard Higgins
6/1/20 - 10/24/14

Malcolm Bernard HigginsMalcolm Bernard Higgins died October 24, 2014, in Salem, Oregon at age 94. A longtime resident of Silverton, Malcolm moved there in 1976 and established a small farm on 40 acres on Davis Creek Road. He practiced sustainable agricultural and farming techniques, creating a stewardship plan to protect and enhance the soil, support wildlife, and promote the organic production of plants and animals. Malcolm was a sheep farmer, beekeeper, and often he and his wife, Wanda, hosted groups from various federal and state agencies and Oregon universities, who came to observe his soil, wildlife habitat, and small farm practices.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Malcolm owned and operated an insurance agency in Auburn, Washington. Before that, Malcolm worked for many years in the 1950s and 1960s advancing the civil rights of minorities in housing and employment in a series of professional positions with the Kansas State Board Against Discrimination, the Des Moines (Iowa) Commission on Human Rights, and the Washington State Board Against Discrimination.

In 1994, Malcolm realized a longtime goal in organizing and incorporating the Northwest Land Conservation Trust, an Oregon public benefit, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The NWLCT assists private landowners who wish to protect and preserve forests, wildlife habitat, open space, wetlands and other natural resources through conservation easements.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Malcolm served aboard ships of the Pacific Fleet during World War II, and was wounded in a kamikaze attack. Throughout his life, Malcolm epitomized the courage and spirit of the Greatest Generation. He fought for the things he believed in, he cherished family and friends, and he believed in making this a better world. He will be missed.

Malcolm is survived by four children, Malcolm B. Higgins, II of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Catherine A. Higgins of Mt. Baldy, California; Martha A. Yamamoto of S. San Francisco, California; and Mark S. Higgins of Seattle, Washington. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah A. Davis


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