Herman "H.C." Colvin Judd

March 2, 1937May 29, 2018
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Herman “H.C.” Judd

Herman “H.C.” Judd, 81, of Amarillo passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Memorial Services will be held Friday, June 08, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.

H.C. was born on March 02, 1937 in Wellington, Texas to Preston and Tommie Judd. The family relocated to Amarillo when he was a child where he would grow up. He was a truck driver who enjoyed hunting and rodeo. He was the proud owner of his own excavating company for more than 35 years. He was well known for his work around town, mostly for his assistance in placing the old Cadillacs in the ground at the famous Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

H.C. was preceded in death by his parents Preston and Tommie, as well as a sister JoAnn. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons James and his three children Dallas of Amarillo, Jamie of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Austin of Casper Wyoming; Son Darryl and wife Shirly and their two children Kari Underwood and Joshua Judd of Muskogee, Oklahoma; and Son Max and life partner Donn Gauger of Austin, Texas; and 7 great-grandchildren.


  • Preston C Judd, Father
  • Tommie Judd, Mother
  • JoAnn Judd, Sister
  • James Judd, Son
  • Dallas Judd, Grandchild
  • Jamie Judd, Grandchild
  • Austin Judd, Grandchild
  • Darryl Judd, Son
  • Shirly Judd, Daughter-in-law
  • Kari Underwood, Grandchild
  • Joshua Judd, Grandchild
  • Max Judd, Son
  • Donn Gauger, Son-in-law
  • H.C. also leaves behind seven great grandchildren as well as many dear friends.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 8, 2018

Herman "H.C." Colvin Judd

have a memory or condolence to add?

Steve Judd

June 6, 2018

I helped him dig Mom and Dads cellar over on Beverly street. He had that old Mack dump truck, I've never seen anyone take as good of care of their equipment as Herman. I bet he had that truck when he retired!

Cidia Lujan

June 1, 2018

Some of the best memories were of Papa at our home for every Thanksgiving. He would always say "This is some good eating right here" and completely clear his plate with room for pie. Im sure gonna miss you at my table. Missing you so much already.
Love you, Cidia & all the family

Dallas Judd

June 1, 2018

Well your with grandma now papa and I miss you already!! Love you Papa, Big D

Barbara (Culp) Brown

June 1, 2018

To Herman's boys and their families,
I always thought of Herman as a gentle, kind, and thoughtful person, just like his Mother, Tommie. He and my older brother, Charlie, spent quite a bit of time during this past year or so reminiscing about old times and driving to Wellington. We loved him, and he will be missed.
Barbara Culp Brown



Herman Colvin Judd was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

    His parents were Preston and Tommie Judd. "H. C." was raised in Amarillo, Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Judd household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, "H. C." was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. "H. C." was raised with one sibling, JoAnn Judd.       As a young child, "H. C." was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. "H. C." developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. "H. C." took part in hunting and fishing. In his spare time he spoke highly of helping his mother. However, what "H. C." enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of "H. C." as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. "H. C." was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. "H. C." always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, "H. C." was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, "H. C." was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for "H. C." to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Truman Judd, and Charlie Culp. Later in life, he became friends with a gentleman named Sarge who traveled to Dallas and Tijuana with him.

     H. C." held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment.

      "H. C." brought the same traditional values in how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. "H. C." was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. "H. C." was blessed with three children, James Judd, Darryl Judd, and Maxx Judd. He was also blessed with five grandchildren, Dallas, Jamie, Austin, Kari, and Josh.

      "H. C." greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. "H. C." enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, "H. C." was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Truck driving. Was a business owner and operator for most of his life. He owned and operated Judd Excavating. "H. C." worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "H. C." liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, "H. C." always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, rodeo, and working. "H. C." was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      "H. C." found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, especially his Dallas Cowboys.

      "H. C." enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with "H. C." appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, "H. C." always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included going to horse racing in Riodoso, N. M., hunting in Montana, and the XIT Rodeo in Dalhart.

      "H. C." was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of "H. C."’s favorites was Scooter, is mini doberman pincher. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his five horses.

      When "H. C."’s retirement finally arrived in 2015, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved staying home in Amarillo, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing pool, hanging out and barbecuing with Dallas, and spending time with his family. Even in retirement, "H. C." continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his community and felt fulfilled.

      Herman Colvin Judd passed away on May 29, 2018 at Kirkland Court Nursing Home. H. C. fought metistatic prostate cancer and lymphoma. Services were held at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. "H. C." was laid to rest in Wellington, Texas.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Herman Colvin Judd. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.