In Memory

Perri Perrin (Hightower)

In heaven.

Perri was born in Spokane, WA on June 16, 1952 and grew up in Kentfield, CA. She lived for more than 30 years in San Jose (Willow Glen, Cambrian Park). Perri is survived by her sons Alexander Ross (Viktoria) Hightower and Maxim Jonathan Hightower of San Jose, three grandchildren (Charlie, Dimitri, and Layvender), her sister Terri Perrin of Sonoma, and her nephews Jack and Max Ghilarducci of Santa Rosa. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Norman Hightower and his wife Barbara of Arizona and their children Karen, Melody, and Ken and families, as well as sister-in-law Judith Hightower of Alameda.

Perri was predeceased by her loving husband John and her dear mother Beverly Perrin.

Perri was the quintessential salesperson and became a leading sales director of employer health plans in California. After graduating from Cal Poly with a BS in Business Administration, she began her career with The Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, CT and Riverside, before transferring to San Jose where she remained until her retirement, from Blue Shield of California.

Perri loved her family deeply. She and John shared their passion for travel with their sons on many trips around the country. Alaska, and particularly Denali National Park, became a special place for them. Most recently, Perri went on her dream trip to Scotland. Perri loved her many animal friends and found great peace and comfort in gardening and being in nature.

We invite family and friends to join us for a Memorial Service to honor Perri’s life on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA 95125. A reception will follow, also at Lima Family Erickson.

In lieu of flowers, the following organizations are special to Perri and her family, and donations can be made in her memory to: Lyon Ranch Therapy Animals – or Susan G. Komen –

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06/23/20 10:18 AM #1    

Ned Martini

Perri and I were good friends at Redwood. She was kind and sweet and not just pretty, but beautiful through and through. She will be missed.

06/23/20 09:14 PM #2    

Joe Akers

wow   i am so sorry to hear of perri's passing....she was not only attractive inside and out, she was smart, kind and a true example of the best of us...i got to know her and her sister after redwood days and enjoyed her again as a neighbor and confidant, always jazzed by her knowledge and wit...see you on the other side perri   my best to the family     aloha  joe akers

06/24/20 09:50 AM #3    

Joanne Blak

Peri, beyond being a stunning red head, held wisdom beyond her age was artisticly talented and possesed a wry wit. She had a lasting influence and I have thought of her over the years.

06/24/20 03:02 PM #4    

Betsy Gast

Entering high school was not the most comfortable stage in life and I remember Perri being genuinely welcoming, kind and open-hearted. Her whole face lit up with her smile.

06/25/20 11:05 AM #5    

Michael Skinner

I first met Perri in first or second grade at Kent.  We were friends as small kids and I was invited to birthday parties at her strange little home on Sir Francis Drake, right across the  creek from school.  At that time, there were a few small homes still there, before you reached Kentfield Corners.  She was definitely a unique person and very sweet to me.  Her home was like a Carmel artists studio: you had to climb down to it from the street level and I recall all the plants and ceramic and wood sculptures.  My memory isn't completely accurate but I thought her parents were artists or painters of some kind.  I lost track of her when we all went to Redwood and I was there only for our first year.

Once, in 1973-74, I was driving near her now removed old homeplace on SFD Blvd, when I thought I saw her walking east.  Her hair was always her standout feature!  I coudn't stop but now wish I had.  It's nice to be able to catch up with the postings here but very sad to know she is gone.  All wrapped up in my childhood and probably the safest place to be in these times.

06/26/20 09:33 AM #6    

Lissa Herschleb

  Having read the last post, Michael, I have to say I was going to recall a similar impression about her house. I was there only once, at least that is all I remember- however the impression made a mark as I too came from artist parents. Yes, the location was unusual and intriguing. It felt very female oriented and not the flowery kind rather unique, curious and artsy. As an adult , I would love to go back in time to be there to see what I felt at the time. Everything seemed connected from the taste aesthetically to the physical and unique beauty of the girls. I, as well being still local, think of that house/home when driving by with a yearn to visit. 
  The list of those in our class who have passed certainly marks the passage of time. I remember going to visit lovely Ann Fox who passed so young. She was the first in our class I knew of. 
  Take care all out there. Some day will will gather again. Lissa 

06/27/20 08:17 AM #7    

Perry Fine (Fine)

It seems like only yesterday that Perri and I were 'arguing' over the correct spelling of our first names while feigning interest in Dickens' Great Expectations as high school freshmen.. She was so very kind and a truly bright and shining star.
My wife recalls fondly meeting Perri albeit briefly, 35 years ago--that says so much about her. Condolences to Perri's family and friends.
Perry G. Fine, MD

06/28/20 10:02 AM #8    

Gail Baker (Baker)

I only attended RHS my Jr & Sr years and really didn’t know Perri Perrin but as soon as this announcement landed in my email, I had an immediate and vivid image of a stunning young women with a brilliant name, even after so many years. Truly memorable.  So nice to have others share about her personality and life.

My deepest condolences to Perri’s family and friends for this void in their lives.  Gail Baker

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