Walker J. Huffman graduated from Lash High School in 1943, and then served in the U. S. Navy, on an LST in the Asian Pacific Theater, during World War II. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #1058, and served as a President of the Ohio LST Amphibs Veterans Association. In 2000 Walker was inducted into the Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame.
Most of Walker’s occupational career was in the field of Public Education Administration in several Ohio school districts. He held a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University, M.Ed. and Ed. Spec. degrees from Bowling Green State University, and an Honorary Degree in Public Service from the Muskingum Area Technical College.
In 1967 Huffman joined other Administrators and Business leaders to initiate the development of career and technical education in the state. With a vision for opportunities throughout our area, he simultaneously pioneered the establishment of the Muskingum Area Joint Vocational School District (currently known as the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers) and the Muskingum Area Technical College (now Zane State College), serving as the first Superintendent of the Vocational School and President of the Technical College.
From 1981-1986 Huffman was a Vocational-Technical School Consultant for the U.S. Department of Labor, creating the Administrative Structure for Vocational Schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Upon returning to Zanesville, he worked with the Technical College Foundation Board, serving as Director for a year. During the 1990s Huffman was a Consultant for the Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) and also helped establish the Jobs for Ohio Graduates (JOG) Programs in Muskingum, Perry, Noble, Guernsey, Coshocton, and Licking counties. Walker was affiliated with many professional education organizations; in 2008 he was awarded an “Advocate of Education” award from the regional Ohio School Boards Association.
Actively involved in the community, Walker served on the Associate Board of the Zanesville Art Center, and as President chaired the building fund drive for the new location of the Center. He served as a President of the Muskingum County Genealogy Society, and was a member of the Muskingum Co. Board of the American Cancer Society. He was also involved in various capacities with the Rotary Club, Goodwill and Red Cross Boards, and the Ohio P.T.A. Walker as an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, and was a 50-year member of the Ohio Masonic Order and Royal Arch Masons.
Walker and Mary, his beloved wife of 65 years, were the parents of five children: Jennifer, Craig, Deborah, Lynne, and Steffanie. They are survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
PRESENTER: Amy Stewart Smith
ACCEPTOR: Jennifer Huffman Stewart