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Hickingbotham, Joseph Cameron III

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Known to his family and friends as Jody or Joe, he passed away June 17 while hiking in Palm Desert. Born Dec. 4, 1938 in Oakland, Calif. to Diana Dollar Knowles and Joseph Cameron Hickingbotham, Jr. Joe is the great-grandson of Captain Robert Dollar, famed owner of the Dollar Steamship Line.Joe worked for many years at his family’s companies, the Robert Dollar Company and Shreve andamp; Company. He enjoyed giving back to his community and especially liked the arts. He loved the San Francisco Opera and while living in Reno he was president of the Nevada Opera. Joe’s life was one of love and service, as he was very involved in many community organizations including Menlo Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and later as an elder, SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors, Sine Ministries and projects with Father Navarro in Mexico. Through these organizations Joe worked locally and in different countries, providing service to those in need.Lake Tahoe was a favorite place for him from the time he was a small boy until his death. As a child he would spend most of his summers at the lake, boating with his sister and parents in the family Gar Wood, Tamarack, and picnicking on the lake’s beautiful East Shore. His passion for boating grew out of these experiences. He raced small boats as young man, winning many trophies and contests, following in the footsteps of his uncle R. Stanley Dollar, Jr. and his famous boat-racing career. Joe recently bought a new boat and was looking forward to racing around Lake Tahoe this summer with family and friends. Joe was a wonderful, gentle man who made friends everywhere he went. He had an extraordinarily fine character and an exceptionally kind and warm personality. He will be missed so much by all. The world is a lesser place without him, and yet a better one. He was gifted in his ability to communicate with those around him and could strike up conversation with anyone, even if their views or background were quite different than his own. He truly made the people he met feel special. He was greatly loved for this. He had a unique and dry sense of humor with a laugh that was infectious and bigger than life. Joe’s passing came much too soon and we are so deeply heartbroken by the loss of our son, father, brother, grandfather and friend. He is survived by many people who love him: his mother, Diana Dollar Knowles of San Francisco; sister Heidi Hickingbotham of Marin; son Joseph Cameron Hickingbotham IV (J.), and his wife Jessica of Lake Tahoe; daughters, Darayn Esther Hickingbotham of Redwood City, Katherine Diana Borden of South Burlington, Vermont, and Amy Dollar Simone and her husband Anthony of Ashburn, Virginia. Jody had seven grandchildren whom he greatly loved, Jacqueline May Hickingbotham, Joseph Cameron Hickingbotham V (Jody), Skylar McGarry McLaughlin, Matthew Raymond Borden, Taylor Joseph Simone, Nicholas Andrew Simone and Chloe Ann Simone. A memorial service will be held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on June 30 at 2 p.m. He will be buried with members of the Dollar Family at the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. The internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCSF Foundation. Please note in the memory line in memory of Joseph Hickingbotham III and mail to UCSF Cardiology, c/o Dr. William Grossman, UCSF Cardiology Division, 505 Parnassus Ave., Rm M-1182, San Francisco, CA 94143-0124.