Donald Lee Higgason, of St. Peters, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the age of 85. Loving husband of the late Barbara Day Higgason; beloved son of the late William Lee and Grace Higgason; devoted father of Richard Edward Higgason and Sandra Lynn Keyser; cherished grandfather of Xander Tristan Higgason and Ruth Eryn Higgason; father-in-law of Merri-Ann Higgason and Neal Keyser.
Don was born December 16, 1937, in Cass County, North Dakota to William Lee Higgason and Grace Gist Higgason. In 1964, Don graduated from the University of Missouri with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. On June 19, 1964, Don married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Day. From June 1964 to December 1965, he worked for United States Army Audit Agency and the following year Don was one of the charter members for Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). In September of 1971, Don graduated from Southern Illinois University with his Master of Business Administration. In January 1994, Don retired from DCAA. Including military service, Don spent 34 years in Federal Service. He was also an active member of New Hope Presbyterian Church.
Many who knew Don would remark on his life of service. He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960. Additionally, he was a dedicated employee who not only was a charter member of Defense Contract Audit Agency but helped to modernize the department. In 1983, when the agency received their first desktop computer, Don developed and provided training on computers and the application software. This training marked the beginning of the "computer age" for DCAA.
In his retirement, Don followed his father to continue the Higgason tradition of woodworking. Over the course of two decades, Don developed his skills and crafted several pieces of fine furniture that still grace the homes of his children.
Yet, those closer to Don knew him more as a loving and devoted family member who always put others before himself. He was a quiet, humble man who could always be counted on to help in any way needed, whether that be as a mentor, accountant, transportation service, or just a listening ear. He will be dearly missed.
Memorials may be made in Donald's name to American Cancer Society.