Robert Royal Huckins

September 29th, 1940February 26th, 2021

Robert, “Bob”, Royal Huckins passed from this life to join his beloved wife, Sharon, in heaven, on February 26, 2021. Bob was born on September 29, 1940, to Royal Allen and Wilma Eloise (Waneka) Huckins, while they were living in Berthoud, Colorado. He took great pride in being a native of the beautiful state of Colorado. He was the first born and had a younger brother, Jan. The family spent Bob’s early years following his father’s career, first with the military during World War II and later as an administrator with public schools. They called Torrington, WY, as well as Rocky Ford and Wray, CO home. It was just before Bob’s senior year in high school that they became part of the Wray community, and he got a job lifeguarding at the community pool. It was there that he met his soul mate, Sharon Cartwright. 

Bob and Sharon often laughed that he did not make the best first impression, running a door over her toe, which left her with a big toenail that would forever remind them of the auspicious beginning of a relationship that would last almost 60 years. Growing up, Bob never met a sport he didn’t love and excel at. His athletic prowess meant making a choice between playing minor league baseball or attending college. It was decided that he would go to college, at Colorado State College, in Greeley. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate. His graduation from college began a career in elementary education that lasted over 40 years. 

Bob’s entire career was spent in Adams County School District Twelve. He started as a teacher at Leroy Drive Elementary, with many stories about what it was like to be on the opening staff of an elementary school in the early 1960s. He went on to get his administrative certification and became an administrator at the North Cottage, Eastlake & Westlake Elementary, Woodglenn, Riverdale, Malley Drive and Federal Heights Elementary. Even after retiring, he continued to work for the district as a consultant and attendance hearing officer. His special brand of kind and compassionate education touched thousands of lives, of teachers, students and families. He viewed being an educator as a privilege and passion and when asked what he wanted people to remember about him, his first response was that he loved children.

That love of children translated into being a wonderful father and grandfather. His oldest daughter, Stephani Lynn (Hardon), was born on January 12, 1965, and his second daughter, Marci Rae (Garrett), was born April 10, 1968. Family life was the cornerstone of Bob’s life, and he was an active part of his daughters’ lives, serving as soccer coach, band parent and always a positive role model. Known as Coach Grandpa, his love and passion for children was enjoyed by his four grandsons, Ryan, Zach, Steven and Patrick. He sat through countless sporting events, band and choir concerts and any other activity the boys were involved in. When Ryan and Steven brought their future brides to family events, Grandpa adopted them immediately and warmly welcomed them into the family. 

Although never professionally, he went on to have a long involvement in sports. Countless summer evenings were spent on the softball field, including as the patriarch on his son-in-law’s softball team, holding down 1st base among a team of players 20-30 years his junior. He also played on numerous basketball, softball and volleyball teams with church and district affiliation. He was a member of a Senior Volleyball team that participated in the US Senior Olympics. As a longtime Denver Bronco and later Colorado Rockies fan, he passed his extensive knowledge of the game and sense of sportsmanship on to his children and grandchildren.

Bob knew that nothing would have been possible without the love of his life, Sharon. They did everything together. She was at his side for every sporting event, every church service as a faithful United Methodist, serving as a CASA volunteer in the Adams County court system, traveling to Sager Brown and Kenya on mission trips, and enjoying vacations to Ireland, a barefoot cruise around the Bahamas, and an Alaskan cruise, as well as seeing the country from behind the windshield of their motorhome. 

Known for his kind and loving heart, he took great joy in being able to give of his time and gifts to the church and his family. He served on every committee at Northglenn United Methodist, volunteered his carpentry skills on church projects, and spent countless hours as Outreach coordinator with Sharon. Bob was a skilled woodworker and handmade gifts are treasured pieces of him in everyones’ homes. In addition, his sense of humor will live on in the “Grandpa Gifts” that are given at Christmas. While he is no longer physically living among us, his work ethic, generosity and devotion will live on in all the lives he touched.

Bob is survived by daughters, Stephani (John) Hardon of Fort Collins, Marci Garrett of Commerce City,  grandchildren Ryan Robert Earvin (Lisa) Gilbert-Hardon, Steven Charles (Kenzie) Hardon, Zachary Scott and Patrick Terence Garrett. He is proceeded in death by his wife Sharon (Cartwright) Huckins, his parents, Royal and Wilma Huckins, and brother Jan.  Bob will be missed dearly by numerous friends and extended family members.

Donations to the charity of your choice or Northglenn United Methodist Church are requested in lieu of flowers.

Services
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Northglenn United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 3rd at 10am. Please click the link below to watch a live stream of the service. For any questions about restrictions in the church, please call (303)452-5120.

 

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