Lloyd Allen Huff was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, on July 8, 1955, the much beloved son of Walter Lloyd Huff and Bessie Lorene Phillips. His family relocated to San Diego, California, when he was just a toddler, and made their way north, settling in Redding where Lloyd worked hard to test the patience of his parents, sisters, teachers, and coaches before he graduated from high school.
Lloyd joined the U.S. Navy in 1973, at the age of 18, and served honorably for four years during the Viet Nam War era. He was proud of his service and, surprisingly, enjoyed the structure and discipline that came with military service. He married early and soon his son, Jerrid, was born. Lloyd spent his young adulthood not only as a serviceman, but also as a husband and father, stepping fully into the responsibilities of adulthood as soon as he left his parents’ home.
Soon after leaving the Navy, Lloyd followed his parents to Washington State, where he worked in construction for a bit, bought his first home in Chehalis, started college classes on his GI bill, and eventually landed a position in state government. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1986.
Lloyd served the State of Washington for 34 years in important roles that served the needs of others. He helped applicants determine their social security disability benefits, authorized medical benefits for individuals in financial need, managed compensation claims for injured workers and, for the last 17 years of his career, worked for the Crime Victims Compensation Program, connecting individual victims with much needed benefits. He was particularly proud of this work. He was caring and generous and consistently made it his mission to cut through government bureaucracy to help those in need.
Lloyd married Wendy Turner on April 2, 1988. They welcomed their daughter, Marion, into the world on May 13, 1992. Despite the inevitable ups and downs that come with sharing a life together, Lloyd and Wendy were married for over 30 years and loved each other unconditionally until he passed. She was at his side until the end.
Lloyd became a Master Mason, like his father before him, and attended Harmony Lodge No. 18 in his early days as a member. Through genealogy research, he was proud to claim direct lineage to William Sinclair, a Scottish nobleman and builder of Rosslyn Chapel, and his connection to Freemasonry.
Lloyd was gentle and kind and generous. He loved fishing, woodworking, garage sales, giving away plants from his greenhouse and vegetables from his garden, any music by Tom Waits, and his faithful dog Lucy, whose job was to watch over him. He was never happier than when he had found a new pair of kittens to bring home. He loved his family above all else, and was particularly proud of his children and grandchildren.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bessie; and by his sister, Delores (Huff) McFeeters. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Huff; their daughter, Marion (Huff) LaCroix and her husband Mathew; his son, Jerrid Huff and Yvonne (Felix) Huff (who will always be his daughter-in-law); his beautiful, talented, and courageous granddaughters, Autumn and Destiny Huff; and his sister, Donna (Huff) Karraker, and her husband Ken.
A gathering of friends and family will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98503. This is an informal event to remember Lloyd’s life and legacy. Guests are asked to bring a potluck dish to share, along with their favorite stories about Lloyd.
In lieu of flowers, gifts, or cards, please consider making a donation to the Olympia Alano Club in Lloyd’s memory. Donations may be sent directly to the Olympia Alano Club, 120 Olympia Ave. NE, Olympia WA 98501 or given to the family.