Obituary for Gary Lee Huff, 78
–Gary Lee Huff, 78, of Paso Robles, CA passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his home. He was born in Aldine Township, Norton County Kansas on July 23, 1941.
In his early life, he spent time working on the family farm, operating various types of farm equipment before the family moved to California in 1951. He attended Covina High School and spent his summers traveling back to Kansas for summer work. In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and worked as a Radioman on the USS Montrose. During his three years in the Navy, he was able to travel to many places in Asia.
Upon his release from the Navy, he began his Law Enforcement career with the Railroad Police Department in Los Angeles. Moving on to the Alhambra Police Department in 1963, where he worked as a patrol officer, motorcycle patrol officer, detective and administration/records. In 1980, he moved to Paso Robles, accepting a position at the Paso Robles Police Department, promoting to Sergeant shortly after arriving. He worked all areas of law enforcement there. He was instrumental in starting the motorcycle unit and the department’s first K-9 program. He was liked and respected by all those who worked with him. After his retirement from Paso Robles Police Department in 1995, he decided to continue his career at Fort Hunter Liggett Police Dept., where he retired as a Lieutenant in 2007.
In his spare time he enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing golf, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, spending time with family and friends, with grandchildren being at the top of the list. One of his best talents was being the master of practical jokes. He was known as “Mr. Chit Chat” by many and was an avid storyteller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Elnora and sister Katie Coliukos.
He is survived by his wife Eileen (Iny) Huff, children, Mike (Valerie), Melissa, Kris. Grandchildren Lauren (Matt), Marie (Codey), Matthew, Katie, Marlie, Calvin, and Kristoffer. Great Grandchildren Charlotte and Ruthie. Siblings Charlene, Jim and Judy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation. www.garysinisefoundation.org
A Celebration of Life will be planned for later this year.
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