Let the memory of Kristopher be with us forever
  • 25 years old
  • Born on July 10, 1981 .
  • Passed away on May 22, 2007 .

A day after Kris Higdon died in Iraq, his brother Kaleb listened to stories about Kris’ good nature. 

“My mom told me when I was little that he’d always throw the ball to me,” Kaleb said. “He was patient.” 

A roadside bomb killed Staff Sgt. Kristopher Allan Higdon, 25, Tuesday in Iraq. 

It was Higdon’s second Army tour of duty there, and he is the first Permian High School graduate to die while serving in Iraq, his Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp teacher Preston Parrott believes. 

Kris was the husband of MaKayne Higdon; a father to Kacie and Hunter; the older brother for Blake, Kaleb and Britt; and the son of Danny and Ronda Higdon. 

He was last stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. 

Friends and family remembered a good-looking, clean-cut, reliable, easy-going man devoted to the military and his family. 

Simply put — an All-American kid who loved life, Maj. Parrott said. 

He last came home in March before deploying again. He brought his 4-year-old daughter, Kacie, with him. Kris’ father, Danny Higdon, saw a mirror image of Kris in his granddaughter. 

“I’m so cried out right now my eyes are burning,” Danny Higdon said Wednesday evening. 

Despite a nearly 11-year difference in age, Kaleb’s love and respect for his brother was obvious, Kaleb’s teacher Michele Martinez said. 

Kaleb invited Kris to speak to Martinez’s world geography class at Nimitz Junior High in March. 

The big brother relayed his experiences and captivated the junior high audience — not an easy task, Martinez assured. 

“I know he left an impression,” she said. “A lot of times they sit and talk about things, (and) it’s really hard to understand when you aren’t in that situation. They were completely enthralled in everything he had to say.” 

Kaleb changed Kris’ MySpace.com page to honor him better. It read “in memory of a hero” and “he was a good man that died 4 our freedom.” 

Kris Higdon interacted with his brothers through MySpace. It’s how they remained close despite the distance. 

“He just told me he loved me, and that he’d see me soon,” Kaleb, 15, said. 

A 1999 graduate of Permian, Kris Higdon played soccer, loved football and was a devoted JROTC member. 

“He strongly believed in what he did and why we are fighting,” Danny Higdon said.

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