Marshall Dolph Huffman

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FORT WORTH - Marshall Dolph Huffman, 84, died on Dec. 31, 2017, in Fort Worth, but his heart remained in his beloved West Texas and wide-open spaces until the very end. A Memorial Service will be Jan. 5 at 1 pm at University Christian Church, Dr., Fort Worth with the Rev. Clark Ford officiating. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his name to The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, 1723 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76110, or a West Texas organization of your choice. He was born at home in Tokio, outside Brownfield, Mar. 19, 1933, to Oleta Marshall Huffman and Garland L. Huffman. He attended school in Brownfield, Marfa and Kermit .He graduated from Stanton High School in 1951 as class president. He was part of the most successful group of athletes in Stanton High School history who won championship trophies in football basketball, baseball and track. Following high school, he worked in home construction in Midland until entering the U.S. Army, at the invitation of the U.S. government in 1953. He served in the 336th Combat Engineers in Seoul, Korea and returned home in 1955. On Dec. 31, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Eula Belle Mott. In 1957, he began his college education at Odessa College later transferring to Texas A&M University where his blood gradually turned maroon. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1961 as a Distinguished Student in Civil Engineering with honors. Following graduation, he joined the Texas Highway Department (now TxDOT) in Fort Stockton where construction was just beginning on the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. He spent his career in TxDOT District 6 which encompasses most of West Texas. He advanced to Resident Engineer in Pecos, then to District Construction and Design Engineer, and finally District Engineer until his retirement in 1995. He was a respected mentor to many in TxDOT and helped open doors and created opportunities for new and diverse leadership in the department. Mr. and Mrs. Huffman resided in Odessa for over 35 years until moving to Fort Worth in 2013. His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren: sons Collerson Huffman and his daughter Sydney of Carrollton; Carry and Kristi Huffman of Wheaton, MD, formerly of Fort Davis, their daughter Austin and Mitchell Aufdengarten and their daughter Kaelyn of Alpine, and sons Justin Huffman of Savannah, GA and Westin Huffman of Alpine; Chrisee Huffman of Fort Worth and her son Brett Tebbe of Denver, CO and daughter Emily Tebbe of Fort Worth. Known for his devotion to his family, keen wit, remarkable recall, good looks, and for being an all-around loveable guy, Marshall/ Dad/D’Daddy will be greatly missed by many. He was predeceased by his parents, brother L. Ray Huffman and great- grandson Levon Bishop Wright. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eula Belle Huffman, and his children and grandchildren; Jimmie and Jim Perkins of Red Oak, Dianna and Michael Coleman of Rockport and his brother Rodney and Connie Huffman of Mt. Pleasant, plus cherished sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Sara and Corky Blocker of Stanton, Jean and Danny Scudder of Dallas, and Ben and Bernie Mott of Los Alamos, NM. This close family includes many nieces and nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews, and caregiver Leticia Munoz. Arrangements entrusted to Greenwood Funeral Homes, Fort Worth.

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