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In Memoriam

August 5, 2015

RIP Bo Huff

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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RIP BO HUFF

 

August 4, 2015, we have lost another Custom Car Hero today. Talented and very creative custom car builder Bo Huff lost his battle with cancer.
Bo Huff March 12, 1943 – August 4, 2015.

The Car world has lost another very creative Custom Car builder and as I was told a very nice man. I sadly never had the pleasure of meeting Bo in person, although one time we came very close to meet when Bo was asked to display his 1957 Ford Ranchero in a special section at the Customs Then & Now exhibit at the 2011 GNRS. But unfortunately we never ran into each other that weekend. Many people have always told me what a nice guy he was, and how extremely creative he was. His many creations clearly show the last. Bo’s wonderful and always outside the box thinking creations were featured in many magazines all over the world.
He will be missed a lot.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

 

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Life Legacy

(from Bo Huff’s obituary)

Bo Huff

DRAGERTON – Bo Huff (Gerald Douglas Huff), 72, passed away at his home in Dragerton on August 4, 2015 after a 5 year battle of cancer (multiple myeloma).

He was born March 12, 1943 in Clarksville, AR to Junior Gervis and Corene Crossno Huff.
Bo is survived by his companion Monique Wood, his sister Carolyn (Chuck) Abeyta, Dragerton, UT; seven children, Lisa (Ron) Weeks, Apex, NC, Michelle (Sean) Madole, Washoe Valley, NV, Amy (Paul) Pickering, Tunbridge, VT, Kendall Smith, Dragerton, UT, James Huff, Draper, UT, Madeleine Huff, Dragerton, UT, Junior Huff, Dragerton, UT; nine grandchildren, Anthony & Jessica Weeks, Apex, NC, Michael, Ryan & Isabelle Madole, Washoe Valley, NV, Max & Juna Valdez, Dragerton, UT, and Johnnie & Corene Huff, Dragerton, UT; and dozens of other relatives and loved ones that have made such an impact on him throughout his life.

Bo’s family moved from Arkansas to Dragerton to find work in the coal mines in 1951. He first took an interest in cars after watching the older guys in town with their lowered down cars. This turned in to the obsession that lasted a lifetime.
Bo was a world famous custom car builder who has won numerous awards at prestigious car shows. He was an avid member of the Dead Sleds Car Club. Bo was inducted into the National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame and the Kustom Kemps of America Hall of Fame for his life’s work.

Bo went to Denver, CO in the early 60’s to attend a body and fender school. After working in Salt Lake for a few years he moved to Southern California and opened his first custom paint shop. There he made a reputation for his superior artistry. During the 70’s he toured the country and ended up in Arkansas. In the early 80’s he opened a custom car shop in Lincoln, AR. He then moved back to Dragerton and worked in the coalmine where his father had worked for 23 years. After awhile he decided coalmining wasn’t for him and opened a custom car shop in Sunnyside where his shop is still in operation.

Bo was preceded in death by his sister Ada Jean Huff, and his parents Junior Gervis and Corene Crossno Huff.

The Huff family would like to thank the Huntsman and the University of Utah Hospital for all of their care during his battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at the Sunnyside Park in Sunnyside, Utah on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. A visitation will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the Park Saturday one hour prior to services.
Bo will be buried at the Valley View Cemetery next to his parents.

Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Bo online at the Mitchell Funeral Home website

 

Below are a series of photos of Bo Huff’s creations. Just a small portion of the many cars he has created in his long career. The photos come mostly from Bo’s Facebook page.

 

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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)




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3 Comments


  1. we ill miss you bo, all the dead sleds will surly miss you as your were a real insperation to them as one of there members, my condolence to his family in this time of sorrow, bo gone but not for gotton , memo an the night prowlers, my sorrow to the dead sleds allso for they have lost one of there members but bo will be there cruzing with them in spirit , long live the dead sleds rockabilly car club,


  2. some of the dead sleds just came back to so. cal yesterday from seeing bo , an now they are getting ready to make the long track back there again to pay tribute to one of there club brothers bo, i wish them a save journy to utah, the dead sleds will still have there bo huff annual car show new location at the ontario citizens business bank arena on nov 28, for bo, i hope to be there , bo allways liked riding in cepes 40 custom merc how kool, i will never forget bo calling me daddio everytime he seen me r.i.p bo,



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