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On Saturday February 6, 2021 Melton Huffman passed away at the age of 88. Melton was born January 19, 1933 in Dallas, Texas to Robert Huffman and Annie Colwell. He came to California with the family in 1936 and settled in the Northend of the Imperial Valley. He graduated from Calipatria High School in 1951. He went to El Centro and got married a couple of hours before graduation to Pansy Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Pansy Huffman. Melton served in the Korean War. When he came home, he went to work for Frank Fleming and also started a cotton business with his brothers. He later farmed with Lloyd Allen. He and Lloyd farmed together for 40 years. He served on the board of the Calipatria Unified School District for many years. Melton is survived by his son, Paul Huffman; wife, Thela and daughter, Joy Huffman; sisters, Jean Drain and Inez Bell; 4 grandchildren, Nicole Huffman, Darcy Peterson, Luke Huffman and Seth Clevenger and 7 great-grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley, CA.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
Condolences to the Huffman Family
Sherrie Augusta
March 4, 2021
My condolences to Paul and Joy, both of your parents were awesome neighbors, making my memories of country living next to them, a treasure. More than once they would answer the door to one of the kids, as they wandered over for a visit, always smiling, waiting to hear the latest news from our house:)
Tina Pankratz
March 1, 2021
Melton Huffman was a master of his craft. Many years ago, for reasons I never quite understood, he somehow had the vision to partner with a hardware man and create in the Northend a well respected, large scale farming operation--from nothing. That one choice greatly improved the lives of many people, from its humble beginnings, to this very day.

After retirement, I often spoke to Melton on his daily jaunt to the post office. A gentle "good morning" greeted all who knew him. When I would see him we often reminisced on old embellished stories. One in particular was about the time I was eight years old and the Huffman and Allen crew were out frog hunting.

One night, obsessed with gigging a forty pounder, I fell straight into a drain ditch. It must have been fifty foot deep! Before my feet could hit the water, Melton jumped into that same canal and saved us both. Later that evening we cleaned up and had late night cheeseburgers at Gaston's Cafe in Niland. I am sure if he were here today, Melton would tell you that frog must have weighed not forty, but forty five pounds!

If more men followed in the ways of Melton Huffman, their lives would be the richer for it. He was an exceptional human being and the best family man I ever knew. I am blessed to have known him, and will carry our many conversations with me until I am favored to see him again. Hopefully he and my dad will be sharing a cup of coffee with a place at the table for me to sit and listen.

My condolences to you, Paul and Joy, and families. I'm so sorry for the loss of both your parents. I regret, in these fleeting years, not to have at least one more conference with Melton and Pansy, and to solve the world's problems one more time.

May God Bless you and yours.

Kyle Allen
Kyle Allen
February 28, 2021
Paul and Joy, my condolences on the loss of your dad. I have very fond memories of your family and our time on Church Street. On the rare occasions I would run into your mom and dad, it was always a joy visiting with them. Ronna Underwood Graham
Ronna Graham
February 28, 2021
Melt was always a friend and the kind I was glad to see and talk with.
Condolences to Paul, Joy and Inez.
Davis and Marianne
Davis Beauchamp
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