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Clare Higgins Dahlquist

1957 - 1999

A Legacy of Love

   Clare Higgins Dahlquist, 41, died May 5, 1999.

  Clare was born September 3, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent her childhood and school years in Centerville and Bountiful, Utah.  She studied at three Utah universities and spent one semester studying abroad in Europe.  As a high school student, she excelled at speech and debate, winning numerous tournaments.  As her life progressed her wit and wisdom, which she freely shared with everyone (whether requested or not), made her a treasured friend to all who came to know her.  She met her future husband, Robert P. Dahlquist in a high school speech class.

  An avid booster for all of her children’s activities.  Clare was a soccer coach and manager for a traveling soccer team. She was involved in scouting, an enthusiastic supporter of Poway Utah music program.  Clare was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served for many years as a teacher or leader in its Primary Children’s Organization.  She loved children and was known for her ability to teach them.  She also chaired social and cultural activities for the congregation and served in the women’s charitable auxiliary.

  Clare was an excellent homemaker, beloved wife and mother, and was respected for her willingness to help others whenever there was a need.  In addition to her family and friends, her interest included reading, quilting, cooking and child development.  Since being diagnosed with colon cancer in July, 1997, she devoted the remainder of her time to preparing a legacy for her family and her posterity.  She completed heirloom quilts for her children and future grandchildren, wrote her personal history, compiled a collection of letter to be given to her children in future years.  The letters contain her thoughts on subjects relating to Christian living.

  Survivors include her husband, Robert P. Dahlquist, a daughter Denise, 19; sons, Scott, 17; Peter, 14; and Daniel, 7; a brother George Higgins of Centerville, Utah; sisters, Joan Thompson of West Bountiful, Utah; Eileen Cahoon of Gilbert, Arizona; mother Ruth Bowdidge of Centerville, Utah; father Art Higgins of Murray, Utah.

  Donations may be made to the San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Street, San Diego, CA 92103.

  Funeral services were held Monday, May 10 in San Diego, California.  She will be laid to rest in the Dearborn Memorial Park in Poway, California.

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