"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, so very dear."

This website was created in honor of Mike to collect and share memories. The site will be kept indefinitely for all to view including Mike's sons, Andrew and Ryan. Our family would love for you to add pictures, videos, and stories about Mike for all to remember.

A Memorial and Visitation will be held to celebrate and honor Mike on
April 12, 2019 at 522 S. L St, Livermore, CA. 

A Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:00pm. The "Celebration of Life" 
will follow from 1:00-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to
Michael's sons 529 college funds. Please click on the names below and enter the
gifting code for each child to donate. If you prefer to give a check, they may be made out to Susan Hufford with 529 written in the memo line. 

(Susan Hufford 573 Zircon Way. Livermore, CA 94550)

Andrew Hufford
Code: CAsQJBaHQ

Ryan Hufford
Code: CAZeUK

This memorial website was created in memory of, Michael Andrew Hufford who passed away on March 3, 2019 with his family by his side after a 27-month fight with Pancreatic Cancer.

Michael was born on November 15, 1968 in Orange, California to Anita A. (Baca) and Robert J. Hufford. The youngest of three children, he was survived by his sister Cathy (Payne), brother Robert (Guy) Hufford and extended family.

For the first 12 years of his life he lived in Orange and attended West Orange Elementary School and Portola Junior High School. In 1981 his family moved to Pleasanton, California where he attended Harvest Park Middle School and Amador Valley High School graduating in 1986.

Michael strived to be the best in everything he did. During his freshman year in high school he played football became an all-star. As a musician in high school, he became one of the top trombone instrumentalists in the state. He was selected several times to the California All-Star Jazz Band and performed in the Monterey Jazz Festival.

After high school he attended California State University Hayward where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Business Administration in 1993. While in college, he continued to excel by becoming the manager of Garlic's Pizza (where many stories were created) and the manager at Williams Brewing where he became extremely knowledgeable in microbrewery equipment and brewing.

After deciding it was time for a change, Michael attended night school completing courses in Information Technology and was hired by 1st United Credit Union in April 2001. Mike rose through the IT department and eventually became the Senior Vice President of their Information and Technology Department. He thrived in his career and loved the work he did. During this time Mike continued to play baseball, attend Raiders games, hang out with his many friends, and enjoy life.

In October of 2005 he met his future wife Susan E. (Hund) on Match.com. On October 13, 2007, they married. Their first son, Andrew Nathan Hufford, was born on October 19, 2008. Just 19 months later, their second son, Ryan Michael Hufford, was born May 16, 2010. For the next several years, life was full of sleepless nights and the joy of children. Mike loved his family dearly.

On December 13, 2016, at the age of 48, Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Over the next 27 months, he fought this brutal cancer with all his might to the very end. His energy, kindness, and the love he had for his boys are what will be remembered most. Mike will forever be loved by those he left behind and deeply missed by the many friends he touched. We will all miss the love and joy he brought into our lives.


Posted by Marie Blakely on November 24, 2019
This week has been my "thinking of You, Michael,"  So many wonderful memories. I Love You
Posted by Gary Otley on October 25, 2019
Mike, I am reminded of you every day. I had a ream of notes for your Celebration of Life but I was taken aback by the situation and decided to wing it. It was very hard to hear people speak so I made it a point to dominate the microphone so that everyone could see and hear how eloquent I can be. ... I know you are laughing now at my delusions of grandeur. I am still in a fog as to what to say, but I know you understand that and that's why I love you. To everybody else, if you looked up best friend in a dictionary, you would see a definition and picture of Mike. Truly a Renaissance Man, yet never flaunted that (except to me, in order to elicit a laugh. I can always take a joke at my expense, and I can still see him throwing his head back in laughter when he threw a zinger at me, though it was never mean, it always had truth ). I am sorry I haven't contributed to this yet but trying to gather my emotions has been difficult. Rest assured, now that this bit of erosion of the dam I've built is starting to erode I will be posting more memories of that most precious man. With LOVE Gary.
Posted by Marie Blakely on September 3, 2019
Michael,  The memories that you made will last forever, Your kindness, Your smile, Your good heart will always be in the hearts of everyone that loved you. 

Posted by Ann Hufford on September 3, 2019
Michael,
Six months ago your beautiful mind, body, and sense of humor left our world. Your spirit, strength, and love remain as a reminder of how much you loved your family and life. I miss you and love you.
Posted by Brian Rocha on August 29, 2019
Mike is one of the most genuine and kind people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I was very lucky in my first year coaching baseball to be blessed with having the Hufford's on my team. Mike brought enthusiasm and love for the game of baseball but even more important had the patience and ability to teach children the same passion. For the short time I got to know Mike I consider myself to be lucky.
Posted by Vera Ng on April 11, 2019
Mike Hufford, our most valued neighbor. In the four years we lived as your neighbor, I can see you were a genuine soul that lived life to the fullest. You were always so generous from a helping hand, to lending tools to offering a beer and a seat on the couch for a Raiders game. You were a protector of the neighborhood and didn’t hold back. I remember you shouting out at drivers speeding down our street. You yelled, “Slow down! We have kids playing here!” I also see you are a fun father when you made an appearance at your son’s birthday party as Darth Vader. 
You are a smart and a lucky man in choosing Susan as your wife and as the mother to your children. Susan has been SOLID GOLD through these years. She is a true inspiration to us all. When we see Susan at school or down the street, she always has a positive attitude and a loving smile on her face. It’s the face of reassurance and a reminder to the boys that everything is going to be all right. I have no doubt your boys are going to be successful individuals as they have learned firsthand from their sincere, soulful and fun loving father. The boys will continue to thrive because of the wonderful nurturing qualities from their mother. Mike Hufford, you will be missed but will never be forgotten and will always be loved.
~Vera & Chris
Posted by Todd Hoyer on April 9, 2019
To Mike’s family, please accept my condolences in this time of sorrow. I pray that Almighty God, Father of mercies and God of all comfort, maintain you all in His care. I will continue to light a candle at Divine Liturgy and to pray for Mike - that his memory be eternal in God's Kingdom. Amin.
I offer you some memories of Mike…
In life you will have the opportunity to meet many people. Some briefly, some you will know all your life. Some of those people will leave a permanent and indelible mark on your journey through life. And, from those, there will be people who you look back upon your experiences with and say “Yes, I am glad to have known them”.
Mike Hufford is one of those people.
I worked with Mike for several years. It didn’t take long to know that he is one of those people who you are glad to meet in life. To say Mike loved life, his family, and had an incredible sense of humor is an understatement.
Thinking about Mike, what comes to mind professionally is a man who was very competent at his job, a leader. He was dedicated to his credit union, to his employees, and being himself. With Mike, there was no pretention, no façade. He was a good guy and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was someone I would call a “Good man in a storm” – cool headed and dependable.
To say Mike was a Raiders fan is another understatement. When someone walked into the IT area, it was hard to not notice the Raiders flag hanging there. As a Raiders fan myself, that was the spark for a personal connection.
For several years, Mike and I had an unofficial monthly meeting – nothing formal on the calendar. I would usually go to the IT area, sit down in his office and we would talk about IT Security, Risk, or Disaster Recovery topics. Invariably, we ended up talking about other things. Depending on the season it could be the A’s or the Raiders, sometimes about our kids/family, sometimes about the availability of Pliny the Elder, sometimes he’d fire up YouTube and we would watch the latest post of Epic Rap Battles of History. It always ended in laughter.
My favorite memory of Mike is also what I consider to be the best Raiders game I have attended.
Back in November 2014, Mike, Mike’s dad and Gordon Baker (former IT employee from the credit union currently living it up in Hawaii) had tickets to the Raiders-Chiefs game. Mike offered me the 4th ticket. Fans may remember this dark season as the Raiders were suffering from a 16-game losing streak going into this game with KC, who was heavily favored to win. Despite the heavy rain and cold, attendance and spirits were high that night at the Coliseum.
As we were huddled over a small pub table sipping pints of Guinness pre-game, I remember Mike saying that no matter what, the Raiders must win playing any team wearing red or orange. I marveled at the way he struck up a conversation with the table next to us with his easy going manner and infectious laugh.
The first half was promising with the Raiders leading the Chiefs 14 - 3.  The second half was tough with Oakland's defense mostly on its heels against a dominating KC offense. Mid-4th quarter, the Chiefs were in the lead 17 - 20.
Then began an epic 8-minute slug fest with the Raiders grinding down the field from their 20 to within the Chiefs red zone. Every successful play, every yard gained, was cause for jubilant celebration. We knew that this was it, the last chance for the Raiders to score. With less than 2 minutes on the clock, the 17-play drive ended with a Carr TD pass and Janikowski hammering in a point after that pushed the Raiders into the lead 24 - 20...and the crowd went wild!
With less than 90 seconds to go, the Raiders defense rose to the occasion (including a double sack on the Chief’s QB) and effectively shut down the Chief’s last drive…and the crowd went wild…again!
Through the roar of the crowd, the sound of cannon, the high 5’s, backslaps and bear hugs, I remember a father and son embracing in pure joy.
Best Raiders game ever.
Posted by Fr. Joe Baca on March 21, 2019
I am so very saddened at the loss of my cousin Michael. My heart breaks for his wife Susan and boys, for my Aunt Annie and Uncle Bob, and for my cousins Guy and Cathy. I have been remembering Michael and each and every one of you in my daily thoughts and prayers since I learned the sad news of Michael's passing. I will continue to remember all of you in my daily prayers and especially during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Your heartbroken nephew and cousin, Rev. Fr. Joe Baca ,aka. "Ralphie"
Posted by Rob And Kathy Milkoski on March 17, 2019
We are so saddened by the news of Mike's passing.
Shortly after we moved to California, the Hufford's welcomed us as family and have been our dear friends ever since.
We think of all the good times...the trips, games, the wedding, birthdays and holidays we have shared together.
Mike will always be remembered as a caring, fun-loving friend and a respectful gentleman to all he met. He is and will always be missed.
Posted by Anthony Macchiano on March 14, 2019
Mike was simply one of the best people I've ever known. So lucky to have him as a friend all these years. We shared so many fun times together. But more importantly, he was always there when I needed him. Truly someone I could count on for anything. I will never forget and will always miss him.
Posted by Mark Falkowski on March 14, 2019
Hufford family,
I am so, so, sorry to hear about this loss and am deeply saddened. While there's nothing I can do to change what happened, I can continue to offer you my love and support and extending my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I have known Michael since he was about five years old and have had the pleasure of camping, fishing and attending outings with him and his family. He grew up with very loving parents and a fantastic brother and sister.  I know it may seem that he had a short life, he has done things we all want to do. He graduated from college, got married to a wonderful wife and had great kids and a very loving family.  He will be missed and never be forgotten and may his soul rest in peace.
A good heart has stopped beating, a kind soul ascended to heaven. God Bless Michal and God bless his family and friends. 
Love You All.
Posted by Richard Nolasco on March 14, 2019
God bless you all and we send our prayers and love
Posted by Marie Blakely on March 13, 2019
Michael will never die He will live in our heart's forever.  Every step Michael took He left a memory/trail of energy, joy, kindness and love. God Bless His Soul.

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