January 24, 1953 – September 25, 2017
Kimerly Sue Heavilin passed away unexpectedly from heart failure, with her loving husband, Bob, by her side, at their home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Kim was the eldest of five children to Keith and Sue Severson, whom predeceased her. Kim was born in Tacoma, Washington, January 24, 1953, where her father was an officer in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. Her family later moved, through her father’s multiple job transfers with Standard Oil Co., to Portland where she attended Duniway Grade School, then Salem, where she finished elementary and junior high school, back to Portland where she attended Grant High, and finally to Boise, where she graduated from Capital High School at the top of her class. Always a leader, Kim was her elementary school president, captain of the cheer squad, high school state tennis champion for Idaho and Montana, and Capital High’s Fairyland Princess in 1970.
Kim attended Arizona State and then the University of Oregon, majoring in mathematics and continuing her success in tennis competition. After graduation, Kim worked for Chevron Oil in their asphalt division, as well as heading up the tennis program for the Tualatin Hills Recreation District in Oregon. Later, Kim was the tennis coach at Sisters High School. Additionally, Kim ran a highly regarded home fashion fabrication business for many years in Lake Oswego. Her ultimate business pursuit was the breeding, training, and showing of outstanding Arabian horses with her mother, under the name of Cross Creek Arabians in West Linn and later Sisters, where she managed a 40 acre farm while taking care of her young son, Ford. Whether driving a horse trailer to Arabian horse shows over the snowy mountain passes, building barns and fences, or sleeping in the barn for impending foals, Kim always held a class of her own. Kim loved the game of golf and the many friendships made over the years playing at Riverside Country Club, Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, and Indian Wells Golf Resort in California. She spent her most recent years with her husband, Bob, and her beloved dogs, Porsche, Luna, and Jetta, traveling and enjoying the summers in Alaska and the winters at their home in Indian Wells.
With all her accomplishments, Kim was most proud of her son, Ford Bauer, whom also shared her love of the outdoors. On any given weekend at the home in Sisters, Ford’s many friends were always welcomed for a meal or overnight. Kim will forever be remembered and loved by her husband, Bob; son, Ford; brother, Kirk Severson; sisters, Marcie Harris, Brooke Johnson, Paige Severson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be given as a tribute gift in memory of Kimerly Sue Heavilin to First Tee, 425 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092, or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3-6 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, at The Barrel House, in West Linn, Oregon.