Joe Huffman

August 11, 1954July 1, 2019

Visitation for Joe (Joel Claude) Huffman will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday July 7, 2019, Grove Hill Funeral Home at Samuels Blvd. and Lawnview Dr. in Dallas. The full obituary is available online at The funeral service will be 11a.m. Tuesday July 9, 2019, 1st United Methodist Church-Richardson, 503 N Central Expy, Richardson, Texas 75080 with burial immediately following at Grove Hill Memorial Park at Samuel Blvd. and Lawnview Dr in Dallas. Born August 11, 1954, Mr. Huffman died July 1, 2019 at his home in Garland surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle with leukemia. A licensed paramedic, he had worked at the State Fair of Texas First Aid Station for 45 years, never missing a day. Twenty-three of those years he was director. He was also active in professional organizations, serving as president of the Texas Ambulance Association for two years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Ambulance Association for 18 years. At the time of his death he had been Special Events Coordinator of American Medical Response for 16 years. He formerly owned Dallas Ambulance for 11 and a half years. Adding these years of service, Mr. Huffman packed 92 ½ years of service into the 64 years and 10 months of his life. An avid collector of model trains, Mr. Huffman was a lifetime member of the American Museum of Railroads at Frisco where he has donated his extensive collection of model trains and railroad memorabilia. Mr. Huffman graduated from W.W. Samuel High School, attended SMU and earned an A.A. degree at Eastfield Community College. A lifelong resident of Dallas, Mr. Huffman is survived by his Beloved Cheryl Hale of Tyler; a sister, Joyce Huffman Prock, of Bedford; two brothers, Jack W. Huffman and his wife, Donna of Richardson; and James (Jimmy) Huffman of Dallas. Also, four nieces, Dana Huffman and Melanie Bullock of Richardson; Leslie Prock Norton and husband Andrew, of Bedford; and Angel Marie Huffman Dellinger and husband, Scott, of Crandall. Two nephews Erik Prock of Ft. Worth and Jason Huffman, of Richardson, who is deceased. Also great nieces Jaylyn Scott Norton of Bedford; Denise Marie Dellinger of Crandall; and Caroline Huffman of Richardson. Three great nephews, Jack Michael Huffman of Richardson; Dylan Scott Dellinger and Devon Scott Dellinger of Crandall. He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. (Happ) Huffman and Florence Bolin Huffman. Memoriam gifts may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas. The family wishes to thank Dr. Jana Reynolds and the nursing staff at T. Boone Pickens Cancer Center for their kindness and compassion in treating Joe.


  • Jack M. Huffman, Active Pallbearer
  • Christopher R. Castro, Active Pallbearer
  • Kevin Tipton, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Peacock, Active Pallbearer
  • Larry McDonald, Active Pallbearer
  • Curtis Poovey, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019


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Robert Sherard

July 11, 2019

There is a special bond that develops between people who suffer through paramedic school together. Joe and I and others would drive to Terrell three nights a week to attend the worst paramedic school in the state (at that time). Sometimes there would be no instructor, other times there would be no place to have class. But we persevered, taught ourselves, and made it through. I think that is where Joe realized that school is just the beginning of a paramedic's education. That's why he took a chance on so many "newbies." He had faith in others. He believed in them before they believed in themselves and in that, so many grew up to become great medics thanks to this great man.

Benita Lovejoy-Soward

July 10, 2019

How to do put into words the knowledge this man carried about EMS? He could mesmerize you for hours with his stories of back in the days. I look daily at the ambulance cookie jar that sits in my office that he got me a few years back for Christmas he had cut out tiny AMR decals and attached them to that cookie jar. He loved Christmas and most of all he loved the people close to him. He always gave people chances to prove themselves. To say he will be missed would be an understatement. Our operation has yet another hole that no one can ever fill. I hope you get plenty of chicken and dumplins, mac and cheese, apple butter with pancakes and plum jelly in Heaven Joe!!

TONI Talasek

July 8, 2019

What a joy it was to know Joel he was such a Blessing to so many. He will be truly missed but never forgotten.
May God place his arms of peace around you and give you comfort at your time of sorrow. For now he is at rest and sffering no more.
May we thank you Joel for the Service you gave to not only us but many others as well.
It's the Twins !
Toni Barber Talasek @ Joni Barber Dreger
Classmates and Friends

Chuck Levitan

July 8, 2019

Dear Uncle Joe was a warm, gentle soul who always managed to make me feel like a friend, as well as a part of the Huffman clan. I have so many fond memories of him, including our halftime run-ins on the field at the Cotton Bowl, adventures to Louisiana Downs and many Holidays celebrated together over the decades. His kind, genuine heart will be sorely missed on this Earth.

Becky Martinez

July 8, 2019

I texted you the other day to check how life was treating you. You didn't respond which was very out of the ordinary. I kept waiting for a response and the "hey, I was just thinking of you." that I usually got , it never heart knew. I got a response from your girlfriend the next day. I am so thankful that you spent your last days with the love of your life. Thank you Joe for being such an incredible friend, a wonderful listener and just an all around caring person. Reading the messages I see how truly wonderful you were. Even though we hadn't seen each other much in the last few years you came to mind often. I've been blessed to have had you in my life. I love you and I'm so thankful that you are now perfectly healed.

Larry McDonald

July 8, 2019

Thank you Joe, for being such a great friend and colleague since the early 70's.
You were a mentor and close friend at the same time.
From the first day I met you in 1974 at Professional Ambulance, to this very day you have always treated and guided me professionaly and personaly positively with a smile on your face saying everything is is going to be alright.
Remembering the day we partnered up enabiling each other to knock out two calls. We both owned a different ambulance company at the time. We didn't compete we aided each other to get the job done. Don't think it's ever been done before we did it or after.
I remember many other positive events with you since then.
Pauline and I both miss you and always will. You treated us like family, even though we were not.
God speed to you my friend.

Love you Joe
Pauline and Larry McDonald

Mark Peacock

July 5, 2019

I had the honor to work side by side with Joe for the last 21 years at Dallas Ambulance, Lifeguard and AMR.
Joe took the time to get to know my family and made them all feel like part of his family as well. Joe was always willing to help me with anything like giving me advise on home repair projects.
Joe you taught me so much about EMS, all the Special Events contracts mostly the State Fair on how it is run.
I will miss you dearly, especially not being able to see you everyday at work. We definitely had a great time being “Partners in Crime”!

Susan Martin

July 5, 2019

Joe was my first EMS boss at Dallas Ambulance in 1992. Then I began working for him at AMR doing special events. Working with him at the fair was the best. He was always telling stories about the old days of EMS I learned a lot from him. I will miss you Joe thanks for everything you did.

Terry Latham

July 5, 2019

Joe, I know you probably don’t remember this but, when I applied for the special events job I had called from FL. I was talking to you and answering questions. I don’t think you understood a word I said. You would ask another question in that Texas Drawl and I had no idea what you were asking. This went on for about 30 minutes. A few days later you called me and said I was hired. Thanks for all the opportunities. You are one hell of a man.


July 5, 2019

I only knew Joe for a short time but oh that short time that I did I soon learned that he had a heart much bigger than the man I saw. He was always willing to talk to me at family events for my sister, Melanie Bullock when I hardly knew anyone. I'm so blessed to have met this man and grateful for the opportunity to meet such an awesome reflection of God's love personified. Now you have your wings Joe!!!!