Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX


Rev. John Haugh

November 11, 1928September 20, 2019

Rev. John Haugh was born Nov. 11, 1928 in Broadford, County Clare, Ireland, one of eight children born of John and Nora Haugh, both of whom were teachers in rural Broadford. The family shared a deep Catholic Faith. After graduating from St. Flannan's College high school, Fr. John entered All Hallows Seminary in Dublin in 1947 where he remained until 1951. He left seminary and served as a meteorologist for Shannon Airport for 6 years. He then re-entered All Hallows as a seminarian for the Diocese of Dallas-Ft. Worth and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 18, 1961. Fr. John served as a parish priest in many Dallas area parishes before retiring as Pastor of Corpus Christi in Ferris. His priestly ministry of 58 years was caring and diverse. He served in the parishes of St. Bernard, Blessed Sacrament, St. James, St. Augustine, St. Edward, St. Luke in Irving, St. Francis in Frisco, Corpus Christi in Ferris, St. Michael in Garland. He also ministered as Chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris, Tx. and twice as Catholic Chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Twice, he did missionary work in Peru, 1967 - 1970 and 1986 - 1988. In 1988, he survived a deadly plane crash in Peru .Although the crash affected him physically; it did not deter his spirit, faith, nor ministry. He continued priestly ministry in the Diocese of Dallas for 15 more years with strength, courage, faith, and love. He retired from Priestly Ministry in 2003.

He loved friends, sports, doing magic tricks for the family, education. But at the core of Fr. John had a love for family, Christ, and Priestly Ministry, and an empathy for the less fortunate. He heard Christ's call to the Priesthood, and dedicated himself to the People of God.

Visitation will be at Christus St. Joseph Village Chapel, 1201 E. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, TX. on Friday, September 27, from 6:00-7:00 with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 28, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Joseph Village Chapel, with The Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, Celebrant and The Most Rev. Gregory Kelly and the Brother Priests of the Diocese of Dallas Concelebrants. A reception at St. Joseph will follow Mass with interment at 1:30 p.m. in the Priests’ Circle of Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, TX.


  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, September 28, 2019


Rev. John Haugh

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Carmel Curtin Burke

September 29, 2019

Very fond memories of Uncle Sean. He was my late mother Mary's brother. Only five years ago he travelled to Ireland for my mother's funeral at the age of 85. This is a testimony of my uncle's sense of family, love and values.
My clear memory of Uncle Sean is as a child when he visited our family home he would bring each of us a present and he would take us on a day trip. He delighted in showing the stars in the sky at night and explained and named as many of the stars as he could to us with enthusiasm and love. He was very good in particular to his sister my late mother. Uncle Sean will be v sadly missed by all but what a true meaningful life he led. Loves always your niece Carmel xx

Julie-Anne Sparrow

September 27, 2019

Our dear Uncle Sean was my father Ben’s older brother.

He married my husband Roger and I just before Christmas 1993 and baptised our three daughters. Always making great efforts to be with the family.

Our parents loved Uncle Sean dearly and looked forward to his visits to England and we visited him in Dallas.

We had a wonderful celebration for Uncle Sean’s 50th Anniversary of his Ordination and he was delighted to bring many of the cousins together.

We will miss Uncle Sean but never forget him.

Brian Haugh

September 27, 2019

Uncle Sean was my father's brother. I have many fond memories from growing up with Uncle Sean coming and going through my childhood. When he went abroad as a priest he often came to stay with us for his holidays, firstly in London and later in East Wittering where we moved in the late 70s.
My first memory was when I was about 5, a bee landed on his arm. I was really frightened but he was so gentle and told me not to worry and gently brushed it off with such care.
When I was about 12 I was put on a train, to stay with Uncle Sean, from London to Preston where he was living. It was a long journey for such a young boy, but I was quite a troublesome child and looking back I expect my parents thought he would be a good influence on me and maybe even hoped I might get thoughts of joining the priesthood! At that time he drove a hand painted bright yellow Vauxhall Viva, which my brother was later given when Uncle Sean went back to the States. His car choice was never very conventional-he also had a Ford Mustang which I thought was really cool.
He took me on my first proper trip in to London-to the Tower of London and to the Planetarium. He had such an interest in astronomy and used to love watching Patrick Moore on the telly.
He always brought home the latest gadgets and toys from America. The Texas Instrument (our first ever calculator) and a gyroscope were among my favourites.
It was for my wedding in 1988 that Uncle Sean was flying to England, to assist my father-in-law with the service, when he was in the plane crash. He always made such a great effort to get back for weddings and funerals, and for that I am eternally grateful. This really shows the love he had for his family. He always took a mass when he came to stay.
He was a parish priest in Hindhead quite near us for a while, but I think he found it too quiet, so then he headed back to the States until his retirement.