18 Jun Longtime Navarro College Trustee Lloyd Huffman passes away
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Corsicana Daily Sun
June 18, 2018
Lloyd Dill Huffman, 72, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident in Indiana. His wife Sandra was by his side.
Lloyd was born in Corsicana on May 23, 1946 to Amos Lloyd and Margaret Dill Huffman.
Lloyd graduated from Corsicana High School in 1964. He attended Navarro College, The University of Texas at Arlington, and later graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. Following graduation, he went to work for Motorola in Carrollton and was regularly flown around the country to solve the most complex problems other Motorola engineers could not.
Lloyd married Sue Clark in 1967, and they had two children, David and Steve. The family returned to Corsicana in 1974 and Lloyd started Huffman Communications, a two-way radio shop, out of the garage of the family home. The business Lloyd built has grown into a company that provides microwave communications systems to electric and water utilities and two-way radio systems to police, fire and other first responders. His greatest pride was when both of his sons chose to join him in the family business after graduating college.
Early on Lloyd became instrumental in several community projects, including the need for a tornado warning system. Through research and resourcefulness, he procured grant money and old military parts to create Corsicana’s radar atop the old Memorial Hospital. At its current site off Highway 31, Lloyd worked with other volunteers and the Office of Emergency Management to provide critical weather information in the time of need.
Lloyd was the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Navarro College; he served on the board since 1993. He assisted with the building of the Cook Center Planetarium and the building addition that now houses the arrowhead collection and the Hunter and Gatherers exhibit.
In the late 1990’s, he headed up the restoration of The Palace Theatre. The volunteer driven two-year project restored the old theater to its former glory. Lloyd was the current technical director for The Palace, and his creative lighting designs were regularly a part of Palace shows.
His love for the community was far reaching and it was typical to see Lloyd at many local events, usually with his camera in tow. He spent countless hours shooting and editing a video of the Navarro County Courthouse to encourage the restoration of the historic structure. He worked passionately and tirelessly documenting local community events including the Christmas parade, Derrick Days and the bronze statue dedications. Among his proudest video work was sharing the story of Candelario “Spider” Garcia and the brave men who served alongside him in Vietnam in a film called “A Very Special Soldier.” Wherever there was a need in the community, Lloyd simply worked to fill it.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Sandra, son David and wife Christy, son Steve and wife Wendy, Sandra’s daughter, Julie Spriggins and husband Shane and grandchildren Sydney and Jackson.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home.
The family asks friends to join them for a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The Cook Center at Navarro College. A reception will follow at The Corsicana Country Club.
A private graveside service will take place earlier that morning at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Palace Theatre or the Navarro College Foundation. Lloyd’s family would like to thank friends, community members and business associates for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support.
An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select the Lloyd D. Huffman obituary.
SOURCE: Corsicana Daily Sun