Karl Hukill(1957 - 2012)

Hukill, Karl Bradford (1957-2012) Karl found peace on November 10, 2012, after a difficult struggle with lung cancer. His simple courage and wicked wit buoyed us all throughout his ordeal. These lifelong traits were born with Karl in Pampa on the high plains of the Texas panhandle, June 12, 1957. Even though he moved to Dallas as a young child, he remained a scion of the wild and wind-blown high plains. He attended school in Highland Park ISD where he acquired a cosmopolitan sensibility that would vie with the stark traditionalism of Pampa, often with hilarious effect. Acutely aware of his own contradictions, Karl reveled in life's absurdities and odd juxtapositions. He never tired of poking fun at stiff dogmas and hypocrisies, and he never took himself too seriously. Yet, he was fiercely committed to his family and friends. As a young adult Karl left the soft world of Dallas for the hardscrabble worlds of the carbon black plant in Pampa, the Wyoming oilfields, a crew boat in the Gulf, plus two years in the Army. Throughout it all he faced danger and discomfort with courage and humor. Returning to Dallas, he entered the world of business where he made many friends and associates. Although Karl was active in a number of civic and social groups over the years, he was particularly proud of his membership in the Ursuline Academy Dad's Club and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd ELFS Club. Karl's parents, Max and Bunnie Hukill, passed away before him. Karl leaves his wife Erin, their two daughters, Demaree and Hannnah, his siblings Hobie Hukill and wife Azucena Arias, Steven Hukill, Jill Rhodes and husband Steven, Ginger Hukill, parents-in-law Sam and Jan Schwartz, sister-in-law Gretchen Gouloff and husband Mike, and nine nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, Friday, November 16, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 11122 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229. In lieu of flowers, Karl's family requests that donations be made to either Operation Kindness (www.operationkindness.org) or the Visiting Nurse Association (www.vnatexas.org).


Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 14, 2012