Otis Leon Highbaugh, 86, entered into peaceful rest at his home on July 10, 2014. He was born on Oct. 22, 1927 in Englewood, CO. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948 and the US Army from 1951 to 1953. While stationed at Sharpe Depot in Stockton, he met and married Dorothy Jane Markham of Stockton, CA. He received a degree in Accountancy from the University of Denver and worked as an accountant and internal auditor for General Electric and Grow Chemical Co. A Fremont resident since 1972, in 1980 he became a CPA and opened his own firm in Fremont, CA. He remained active in his business into his 80's. A long time member and former President of the Niles (Fremont) Rotary Club, he was also active in the Fremont Symphony Board, Mended Hearts, Niles Congregational Church, and the Ohlone Choir. A gifted musician, he was often found playing the piano at home, Rotary meetings, or at social gatherings. He enjoyed music, traveling, reading and spending time with his family. Preceded in death by his wife in 2007, he is survived by his four children David (Diane) Highbaugh of Selma, CA, Debby (Joe) Fasl of Roseville, CA, Pam (Yariv) Highbaugh Aloni of Victoria, BC, Canada, Bob (Ana) Highbaugh of Miami, FL, and seven grandchildren. A celebration of Otis's life will be held on Sun., July 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Conrad Anderson Auditorium at Washington Hospital West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Niles (Fremont) Rotary Foundation, The MRS Foundation, or Niles Congregational Church.

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  1. I just heard the news and am very sorry to have missed the celebration of Otis’ life. I first met him through mutual friends at the Symphony, but he later became my CPA and trusted advisor when I launched my business. Tax season each year was actually something to anticipate painlessly because it meant quality time with Otis. What a community treasure he was! A gem is missing from Fremont’s crown.

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