Our dear friend John Huff passed away unexpectedly while spending time with his family on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was the heart of Voice Male.
On stage, John’s humor, warmth, and laughter carried every show. Off stage, his unfailing friendship and attention to each of us, and to the behind-the-scenes needs of our group, held Voice Male together for 25 years. Words cannot convey our loss.
Beyond Voice Male, John served his community, worked for his church, lived his faith, and cultivated other life-long friendships. Above all, he loved his wife and their children. Our hearts are with all of them.
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I have enjoyed Voice Male for about 3 years now because a companion on my mission shared your Christmas Live album with me. I listen to the whole album several times each year at Christmas time. I finally decided to look you guys up to see if you still do live showings, to which I would attend, but am saddened by the passing of John Huff. I am so thankful for your music, Voice Male, and hope/pray that you are all doing well at this time, especially his family. Thank you again for making music!
Through email, John helped me coordinate an interview with each person in the group. This was just after "Hims" had come out, and I loved the answers to the question: What is your favorite hymn? The guys each gave a great interview which turned into an article for Meridian Magazine. I think they were happy with it.
Janet K Jensen
I loved John his rendition of rubber ducky and send me to glory in a glad bag are my favorite songs. My heart is saddened by this news. I offer my deep condolences to John's family and friends and I will keep them in my heart.
I had the pleasure of seeing the group perform on several occasions. Thank you for making us laugh! RIP John Huff
Im sad to hear about John's passing today. John was a companion of my brother while he was on his Mission in England. I heard so much about "Elder Huff" when I was younger.
When watching Voice Male, John was so much fun and a joy to watch. His wit and humor was amazing. The energy he brought was contagious. He will be missed by so very many. My deepest condolences.
John was my 3rd missionary companion in the little town of Flimby, England. I was so sad to hear of his sudden passing. He was a passionate man with a quick wit and infectious smile. He helped me better appreciate music and understand some of the history and origins of certain musicals. He taught me a lot about building confidence. He will be missed
I worked with John. He always brightened my day. He was the type of person that made you feel like you were the most important person around. He did that for everyone. He was always quick with a funny quip. I speak "sarcasm" and "snark" and it was so fun to banter with him. haha. I feel blessed to have known him. He has left a hole in FamilySearch. His musical talents were amazing but he was so humble about it all. I hope he's singing and bringing joy in Heaven. I imagine the Heavenly choir is a lot brighter with John there. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
Oh wow, I was so saddened to hear the news. I have been playing Voice Male on my a cappella radio shows for over 20 years. My deepest sympathies to the group and his family.
One of the most interesting conversations I had with John in working at FamilySearch was when he explained how he managed. He would ask each person on his team what they were working on and how it was going. When they answered, he might not be familiar with the intricacies of what they are working on, or fully understand some of their concerns, but he has "a really good B.S. meter." He could tell if they needed more help, or were really confused, or if they were doing ok, and then he would ask more questions or facilitate them getting the help they need.
I also need to say, that I absolutely adored the memorial service. The feeling behind all of the words was so beautiful. I took notes to help me become a better husband and father. I listened to Layne's comments twice to absorb as much as I could. Thank you, thank you, thank you for teaching me some principles that I have been prayerfully seeking to know. You are all angels.
I worked with John at FamilySearch. I was immediately drawn to his positivity, humor, and goodness. We enjoyed many impromptu lunchroom chats about the virtues of Utah peaches (he maintained that Brigham City had the best) and other delicacies. He was a borderline foodie, after my own heart. He was infinitely approachable and enjoyed life to the fullest. I marveled that he would travel so far to work every day, which spoke so highly about both his love of FamilySearch and of his family. I have missed interacting with him since the pandemic started in March, and I will miss him sorely when the rest of the organization returns to work.
It was my distinct pleasure to work with John at FamilySearch. He was a great coworker and a fantastic human being. I fondly remember impromptu lunch chats about food, life, music, politics, you name it. John had the ability to meet with anyone at their level and engage in meaningful conversation. I will miss our chats. I will miss his incredible leadership and his drive to make the products he managed better for the people using them. Ever a true leader and friend, my memories of him are treasures of infinite worth. Thank you, John, for all you are and all you've done. Until we meet again....
Dear huff family. The last time I saw John was when our boys were all just little guys, 3,4,5 years old, but still remember his sweet smile and shining eyes. This menorial was so beautiful to watch and brought back awesome memories. Thank you for sharing. The Blaine Huff family sends much love and sympathy to you all. Kip, Debra, Kevin, Chris, Dulcie. And Sean and Blaine who have passed on. What an inspiration your family is.
We like so many others were saddened by the loss of John. We offer our condolences to the family and a reminder that his departure is only temporary. John had his own personality that drew others to him. Include us in that group. We express our love to a truly remarkable family and to John. We will all miss him.
Kay and Tamra Asay
What a special service. If it weren’t for the pandemic I wouldn’t have been able to see John’s family share their memories and shed tears with them.
So many familiar stories including the importance of that great film, Joe vs the Volcano. ❤️
Layne, John really did love you. Possibly even before he new he did. He would tell me stories about your singing voice and about how funny you were. For example, how you put up a sign that said, “Free bag of popcorn with every tractor purchase.” He told me that story often and I could tell you were the woman for him. No girl seemed to please him more. I’m so glad he got to spend his life with you. And you have beautiful children!
They say a funeral is where the most lies are told, making someone greater than they really are. But, John really was that person. Kind, annoyingly smart, a thoughtful friend, loved his family and funny.
Patti Bogdan Uytdewilligen
John's memorial service was such a beautiful tribute to him and his amazing family. I was deeply touched to learn more about him. Every interaction that I ever had with him was positive and fun; he was so joyful in his work and influenced so many around him to experience more joy in theirs. Hi work and influence will go on in the lives of all those of us who were blessed to know him.. May God bless each member of his wonderful family.
Dear Huff Family, I had the privilege of working with John on several key initiatives over the last several years at FamilySearch. He was one of the most intelligent, hardest working, passionate, knowledgeable individuals I have ever know - a masterful 'product manager' who inspired others to become like him. He truly helped to bring individuals and families closer together on both sides of the veil by building and providing inspiring experiences on FamilySearch.org. May your family find peace and comfort in the promise of the Savior’s atonement that our families can be – and will be – together forever. With deepest sympathy.
Orvill S. Paller
I knew John for the first half of his life, from rolly polly infant to young adult entertainer. I could say we named our firstborn after him but that would be a stretch, in part because John was four months old at that time.. I'd like to say I taught John to speak in duck, but I'm not really sure that's true either. He knew me as Juncle O, or as JoeKing in the remote past. He was always funny, which became a bit raucous when he and I got going. Lovable guy.
Condolences to Duane and Pat, whom I knew well, to Layne, whom I met briefly once or twice, and to his kids, siblings and others near and dear. This is hard. I know there may be nothing I can do to make it easier but if there is, get in touch.
Sending my deepest condolences to the Huff family.
John and I were in New Horizons together at USU. For a very young freshman college student, it was all a bit intimidating. John was always authentic, sincere, and fun, which put everyone at ease! Treating everyone around him with respect and kindness, It has been a joy to watch New Horizons grow and become well known, with such wonderful underlying memories! I feel blessed to have been friends with him.
May you find peace and comfort in the gospel at this tender time.
While I didn't know John as long as most have, I've had the great pleasure of working really closely with John for the past year. I might be at risk of sounding extremely cliche here, but I don't know how to describe John better than saying he really was larger than life! His passion for what he did shown through every day. While we were coworkers, in many ways he acted as a mentor in the aspect that he pushed the quality of my work to be the very best it could be. I'm a much more skilled professional for having worked with John, but more than that, it showed what kind of person I know John to be. He brings out the best in people, he uses love, and appreciation as tools to encourage people to be better and go further. I couldn't tell you what was more brilliant, his mind, or his smile, but either way, they served as an incredible blessing in my life, even if it was only for a short time. I will miss him dearly. I feel deeply for the Huff family, may you feel God's hand in your life during this difficult time. My love and prayers go out to John and his family. God Bless.
John was a best friend in high school and college. We were called to the same LDS mission (Leeds England). John walked with me through my formative years. Even now, elements of my personality are directly attributable to him. Too many memories and adventures to describe: Driveway basketball. Scout hikes/camps. Swim team. Tree skiing. Rock climbing. Glacier NP. Banff NP. Yamnuska. Late night philosophical talks. Explosions. John brought humor to tense situations and was a stabilizing influence against our more wild tendencies. I’m shocked and saddened by his death. He will be deeply missed. I offer my thoughts and prayers to his family. Until we meet again.
My first memory of John was when his mom put him in my arms almost 50 years ago in Alamosa, Colorado. I had just joined the Church the year before and Duane and Patricia made me a part of their family in every way. So John and his siblings are in a very real way, my siblings too. I was studying at the University of Cambridge when John was serving his mission in the Leeds mission. I took the train up to Bradford to meet one of my own companions, and they took John and his companion to lunch. Again, this was my little brother and I was so glad to see how well he was doing (particularly with his "English" accent! It was far more Pakistani than English but as usual, hilariously John. I will always love you John.
My first memory of John was when his mom put him in my arms almost 50 years ago in Alamosa, Colorado. I had just joined the Church the year before and Duane and Patricia made me a part of their family in every way. So John and his siblings are in a very real way, my siblings too. I was studying at the University of Cambridge when John was serving his mission in the Leeds mission. I took the train up to Bradford to meet one of my own companions, and they took John and his companion to lunch. Again, this was my little brother and I was so glad to see how well he was doing (particularly with his "English" accent! It was far more Pakistani than English but as usual, hilariously John. I will always love you John.
I sat next to John on the Blue Knights bus all through the summer of 1990. He and his brother would give me rides from Roy to Denver. He probably didn’t realize it at the time, but he was a kind of good big brother to me - a good example, and unafraid to push me to be better. Glad I tracked him down a few years ago and could tell him.
John was once my trek Pa. he was amazing and made us feel like we were an actual family. He was always making us laugh and he helped strengthen my testimony in ways I couldn’t express. Even after trek. Listening to him speak or sing in church always touched my heart. He could make anyone smile when having a rough time. I love John so much and will miss him deeply!
Kennedi DeJarnatt (Curtis)
It has been my privilege to work with John at FamilySearch for many years. He is one of the greatest Product Managers I have ever worked with. When he entered a room he always brought excitement and light. He was skilled at improving products and coming up with innovative ideas. He also possessed the ability to work well with engineering teams and build strong relationships. He will be greatly missed, but I know his work continues. I am grateful for his example of love and kindness.
John was always a pleasure to work with at FamilySearch. Smart, happy, funny, but perhaps most importantly caring and willing to listen to others' ideas and thoughts. My family also enjoyed his talents and humor on stage. Blessings and prayers for his family.
John and I used to have a fun time joking about him trying to back a trailer. This summer he was returning my trailer that he had borrowed. Where I park it requires that you have to back in off of the street. My neighbor was looking out of the window of his home when John was trying to back the trailer into place. He commented to me at church how he watched John try to back the trailer onto the lane, After a couple of times going back and forth he would drive around the block to try again. The neighbor was quite entertained watching several attempts until John managed to get the trailer parked. One thing that John and I never talked and joked about was my inability to sing anywhere close to the right notes. John I doubt that being able to back a trailer has much value where you have graduated to now, but your ability to sing, love, teach, and make everyone around smile is of the greatest importance. I love you and miss you. I am a better man from having you as my son-in-law. You always had a hard time knowing what name to use when we talked until you and Layne made me a grandpa. Then grandpa easily became the name you used in our conversation. John I’m missing you something terrible. I’ll always think of you when I’m backing a trailer and when I hear someone singing a beautiful song.
God be with you 'til we meet again! You will be missed, John!
Fábio Falcão Lucas
I hired John when he started with the Church--he was always so nice and funny too! I admired him from the beginning of his employment because he seemed so intelligent and dedicated to what he was hired to do. Since he was so friendly it was always fun to see him around the office because he would crack a joke or talk in a funny voice--he was a friend to everyone. I will miss his kind words and big smile!!
Annette Tucker Matkin
The world is a little sadder without John. He was a great co-worker, always with a smile and ready to be bright light in a dark day.
Each time he was talking about a project or presenting a new tool, he always transmitted the love and passion for his work.
My sincere condolence to all his family. I am sure he will watch over you all from Heaven...I am really sorry for your loss.
John was a great co-worker and even though I didn't have a ton of interactions with him, the few I had were memorable. His smile and laugh are definitely the things I will remember the most. He will be missed. An angel has definitely gone to Heaven and I'm sure he is working right now to help us on this side, like he was doing here to help those on the other side.
I am grateful for the opportunity I had to work with John at FamilySearch. His kindness and sense of humor uplifted so many of us. I am so sorry for your loss.
John was a wonderful co-worker. I can't think of anyone kinder, gentler, funnier, or more approachable than he was. He was also very smart in a way that didn't ever show off. If I ever did something that wasn't too smart he would just laugh and laugh and I would laugh also. I will never forget him quoting Gwen from Galaxy Quest, "Look! I have one job on this lousy ship, it's *stupid*, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?"
For over 18 years I was able to watch John Huff have a huge impact at FamilySearch.org. I saw his work with many teams and projects that dramatically improved our products and our people. And for the last 3 years I’ve been privileged to work with John on a daily basis as we worked on the same team. I was always amazed at how well he worked with people. He had such a great gift of empowering team members and listening to everyone’s feedback.
I will miss his passion and hard work, his love and concern for others and his optimism and humor.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children who he loved so much.
So sorry for your loss ! I have followed voice male for years, as a usher. He was always so comedic and fun to watch.. We have worked at the temple with his parents for last few years, they will be heart broken. We lost a son at age 29. Our thoughts and prayers go with you, Ruth and Winston Watts
Winston Watts & Ruth
My sincere sympathy to John's beautiful family. John touched so many lives at FamilySearch and he will be missed. He was so valued, loved and respected. Elder Packer always expressed someone's passing as a "graduation". I would say without a doubt that John graduated with honors. What a kind man who was always willing to help. Our thoughts and prayers are will Layne and his children.
In my home I have several hanging plants gathered from vacations and special places. In 2013 John went on a work trip to the Holy Land. As I remember, he was only there for a few days. When he returned he had two small olive branches pressed in his books and papers for me. They were from the Mount of Olives. I hadn't asked or even thought of asking and yet, here he was with the branches. That I even crossed his mind on such a busy trip is testimony of his goodness. A few years ago he introduced me to a story about Joseph Millett who I think is very much like John. The last words of that story spoken by Joseph Millett could be spoken of John. - "It's good to think the Lord knows John Huff." https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/video/doctrine-and-covenants-visual-resources/2010-07-129-the-joseph-millett-story?lang=eng
Singing with John was a joy. He loved to sing high and loud and would make eye contact like he was going to run out of air, but then hold on for a few more seconds after you cut off and then smile a "gotcha" little smile. My absolute best to his family. at a warm and gentle soul.
I am so grateful for being blessed by John at work. . He was a great product manager with great vision! But more than that a great friend and confidant. He has left a huge hole in all our lives. He spoke frequently of his wife and family and of his love and concern for each of them. I know that John will be "parenting through the veil" to them (Pres. Nelson) and helping us at FamilySearch.
I've worked with John for many years at FamilySearch. He was the best of the best in so many ways. I'll miss his kindness, knowledge, and humor. He had a great ability to see through complexity and understand what really matters to the people he served. My deepest condolences to his family.
Lynne Van Wagenen
I grew up listening to Voice Male. They are a Christmas music staple in our home. I remember the very first time I ever saw Voice Male live, it was in Montpelier Idaho and I was only 9 or 10. I remember laughing and having fun with my family. Listening to your music has always brought me out of my hard times, because every song is tied to happy memories with my family. To hear about John's death broke my heart and all my love and prayers go out to his family, blood and otherwise.
I cannot believe he is gone. John was a true friend. I loved getting to know him at Utah State and as a fellow member of Voice Male. We were the ‘baritones’ of Voice Male together (1994-1995). He was patient with me, teaching me how to be a better singer and entertainer. That all came naturally to John. He and I were usually roommates when we went on tour with the choir. We would stay up late and talk about life, and of course he would often tell the funniest jokes. Lots of love to the Huff family and to the Voice Male family.
Grateful for the opportunity to have worked with John. He really lifted up everyones spirit. After our morning meetings I'd stick around in case he had a story or he wanted to share something random. It was always worth the time. What a great man. Condolences to the Huff family. Thank you John.
We had the blessing of singing with John in New Horizons at USU. John’s quick wit and endless humor is something we will always remember. He never missed a chance to make someone laugh or smile. A rare gift in today’s world. John’s love for music was evident in every performance. But more importantly, his love for the Savior was evident in the way he lived.
Our love and prayers are with all of John’s family and loved ones. May you feel the loving arms of our savior encircle you at this time.
Only fitting that today is National Rubber Day - Just for John!
Marci and Rob Peacock
John was an angel to our family. He gave our son James a measure of true friendship. James was socially handicapped and John chose to be his friend. It was a true and needed support that enriched our family. We loved John. Our condolences to his family, especially Pat and Duane..
Thanks, John, for always promoting excellence in our work here at FamilySearch. You were a passionate champion of the customer and our users, and your legacy here will continue to bless countless lives for generations to come.
I took my grandchildren to a show at Weber State University a few years ago go the children's music production and have been fans of Voice Mail ever since. We as grandparents took our children and grandchildren and a few neighbors as Christmas gifts to a concert at the Salt Palace. I hope you can regroup and continue your concerts each year.
It looks like a wonderful family, I send condolences and offer prayers for you. At almost 78 that children's songs tape is the first one I play when I want a pick-up. I was a teacher too and so I love those children's songs.
John and I started at FamilySearch within a few months of each other. It was like a brother coming to work with me. He made everyone feel that way, like you were one of his best friends. We talked about work and just about everything else.
When we needed a good example to show others what a good job looked like I always referenced John. He worked hard and smart. He knew that the details were important and making sure you learned as you went was key to the end being brilliant.
Thank you for sharing his time and energy with each of us. He is doing something very important or he would not have been taken so early. God Bless
I first met John when we were both at Utah State. I had joined the Institute choir up there and it was then that I was introduced to Voice Male and I was immediately smitten. I loved the music, I loved the sound and I loved the heart and humor of the group. It wasn't until years later that I realized that John was literally at the heart of what made me love Voice Male so much. I count it a privilege that I got to go on tour with the guys and sing with them, even if it was just a short trip to Southern California. It's a memory I'll treasure.
Years later, I met John in a different capacity when I started working for FamilySearch. Our paths didn't cross much but everyone, and I do mean everyone that worked with him always had such wonderful things to say. And the times that I did get a chance to interact with him, he was smart, self-effacing and embodied the quality of doing good for all the right reasons. I always looked up to John. He was truly one of a kind and I'm sad I didn't get to know him better. I hope that at some point in the eternities, I have that privilege.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Huff and Voice Male family. John's life, personality and character has brought light to thousands of people. His humor was like a good meal that you could enjoy the second and third time. John and Voice Male assisted me while I was running for student office at Utah State. John helped come up with a jingle that Voice Male serenated the freshmen girls with. I look forward to hearing John and Phil sing in the choirs of Heaven!!
I worked with John at FamilySearch and he sang in my band for 6 years. I will miss his wit, humor, intelligence, compassion, and many talents. It was a blessing to know you! RIP John!
I have known John since he started working for FamilySearch. Over the years we had various opportunities to work together on projects, occasional work trips, and most recently we have been on the same team. I loved to learn from John and he was a great teacher and mentor to me personally. His humor always added to the moment, and I always looked forward to hearing what John would say or how he would react. I truly appreciated his confidence in my skills and abilities, when at times I felt that I was lacking. I already miss his smile, knowledge, and his desire to help everyone around him do better and improve. John truly made the world a better and happier place. He left an example of how we all need to live our lives. Thank you John for being a disciple of Jesus Christ. I know you are still helping all of us, just now from the other side.
My heart-felt prayers of faith are with the Huff family. I too will deeply miss John, both here at FamilySearch and his music. He will continue to light the world. May the Lord bless the Huff family and this very difficult time.
This is very sad news, and I know I speak for the entire choir when I say that we pray for his family as they face the future after this terrible loss of their dad and husband. I know that our Saviors arms are wrapped around this beautiful family and he will bring comfort to them over the next few months and years.
As a choir, our interactions with Voice Male were always great moments for all of us, and I am so glad we were able to work with you this past summer for our virtual concert. This video will now be a treasure in our archives. May God bless all of these amazing musicians as you continue forward spreading joy through music. John will be right there with you.
Sterling Poulson, and members of the Choral Arts Society of Utah
John was one of the best people to work with. He was always willing to listen to the ideas of others and was passionate about improving the experiences of those using FamilySearch. One thing that always struck me about his personal priorities was that he spent time with the people in his life up close and in person and shunned social media. He cared deeply about others and never wanted too much attention or credit for his inspired contributions. I will certainly miss John. What a wonderful person! May you be comforted by the Savior at this time.
The last time we saw John was at Roots Tech 2020. Your amazing group beautifully sang the opening hymn dressed in matching suits. Later on, as a supervisor at Family Search, John was giving a presentation to a large group when a woman in the audience said, "Say, aren't you one of those guys who sang this morning?" John said "No, those guys were wearing suits." So typical of the great humility you ALL exhibit at your concerts. We have been following you since 2000 when you gave a 4th of July concert in Midvale. We love it and still love your music. Phil is gone and now John. PLEASE FIND A WAY TO CONTINUE. WE LOVE YOU ALL.
Max L. Pugmire and Marilee Pugmire
I started working for FamilySearch shortly after John did 18 years ago. I was delighted to be working with someone from Voice Male! I became a Product Manager a couple years later and John helped tutored me kindly and often. I was never afraid to ask him questions because he was always so willing. Even if he was busy I knew I could ask and wouldn't be treated like I was bothering him. He has the best sense of humor and every meeting, every project, was more fun with him involved. Most of the LDS artists I know and listen to are because he introduced me to their music. My huge music collection expanded immensely during the years I worked with John. I always thought the chipmunk voice was electronically produced somehow, until John proved otherwise... Thank God that music is recorded on media and my memories are recorded in my brain so I can enjoy them both always. Love you brother! See you on the other side.
From the seminary class, to yarny ball in the seminary hallway, and on the basketball court with Christian...good chats on the basketball bleachers, singing in the Melchizedek Priesthood choir for general conference...hearing Voice Male in about 1997 or 1998 when they came to sing for a seminary morning devotional in Hyrum....the John Huff goodness will continue with us and through his wife and children in so many ways - blessing us all and blessing this earth - until we all are united some day in a big reunion! When someone like John graduates to the next stage - we all feel it in our families and can't help but want to be a little better. Much love to you all Huff's.
Bro. Andrew Watkins
John was unique in the way that you instantly felt like he was one of your best friends. The thing is, he truly loved everyone that he met. Even though I have seen him every few years, he and I would pick up on a conversation just like we saw each other yesterday - like we had an inside joke that was just waiting to be laughed at.
John had a great memory for detail too. Like reminding me that when we played little league baseball and we were in the 4th-5th grade North Logan/Hyde Park championship game. He spoke fondly about my father coaching our team. He also, with his John Huff sense of humor, would make fun of himself being the dandelion-picking right fielder.
John is one of the great ones and will be sorely missed!
John and I started working at FamilySearch around the same time, and he was one of my best friends there. His combination of intelligence, kindness and willingness to listen made him among the best of people to work with. He was also hilarious, which made work so much more fun.
I'm very sad to have to continue the work without John's delightful presence and capable direction. I'm sure he will be doing great things where he is now, but that doesn't make it easy for those still here.
Our prayers are with your family.
I am beyond sorry for you loss. John was incredibly special, kind, goofy, loving, and endearing. I remember listening to Voice Male growing up. My friends and I would dance to their music! I also have a memory you Layne and John. When I came home from treatment, I attended my nieces bday party. John and Layne both were in attendance. I was beyond nervous and worried about judgement. Both John and Layne gave me a big hug and just told me how happy they were to see me. No judgement, just love, genuine kindness, and care. I always was able to talk with them and they made every effort to include those that seemed aloof or quiet. Thank you for always being supportive and kind. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Bethany (Jacobs) Allred
I grew up with John's younger brothers Steve and Daniel. As I look back on many fond memories with the two of them in Elementary, Middle and High Schools I am saddened for the loss of your older brother. May you be comforted during this difficult time of loss. I also rubbed shoulders with John Luthy not so much through Voice Male but as he was dressed up in a Mickey Mouse costume visiting and dancing with my Father's Handicapped seminary students that he taught all over Cache Valley. Those are some great memories John Luthy. I am sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Lastly I have great memories of John's father teaching and directing choirs at the Institute building at Utah State University. I remember watching one of your earlier Voice Male concerts at the Institute with him conducting as all of you sang probably in 1994 filled with awe at your talent. Thank you so very very much for sharing that with all of us. My condolences to your family. May your reunion in a future day be filled with much, much, more joy than the pain and sadness that you are feeling during this time of separation. We love you and wish you the very best.
John is a great guy. I enjoyed being on his team at FamilySearch. He made the meetings a lot of fun. He did a lot to push forward the work of the Lord at FamilySearch. I feel he is still involved in the work and is helping us from the other side. Prayers are going out to his family. He will be missed.
John will forever live with fondness in my memories. I know I will see him again and embrace him. I know he is already doing great work on the other side of the veil to help the work of the Lord and to support his family. He was a dear friend. My memories of John will always be sweet and fun.
We've been to your Christmas show for years and he was always the highlight because of his silliness. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
We were so shocked to receive the news of John's passing. We've attended the annual Christmas concert and a few others in between over the past decade or so and quickly came to embrace John's uniqueness and humor. Our children always looked forward to participating in the Rubber Ducky song with him. We've enjoyed having Voice Male's music in our home over the years and will continue to do so. Our best wishes go to his family and fellow group members at this difficult time.
Scott, Yvonne, Braden and Brynley Campbell
I am grateful for the great influence of John on my life and the lives of many who enjoy family history and those who enjoy uplifting and fun music. I have truly enjoyed working with John and have enjoyed some limited commute time with him. He has been a thoughtful and considerate man!
My mother attended Voice Male concerts with my father as long as they could. In my mother’s last few years of life she lived with me. She loved to listen to Voice Male CDs each night.
Occasionally she listened to the Tabernacle Choir CDs in the evenings, but when we turned out the lights, Voice Male was turned on. The music gave her peace, comfort and hope as well as some giggles as she grieved my father’s passing. I think it helped her remember my dad (who also loved to sing). I hope my parents have now connected with John and that they are enjoying musical praise to the Most High God.
Thank you, John (and Voice Male and family members), for sacrificing your time and using your talents to share so much love. Your music made a huge difference in Mom’s life and continues to do so in my life as well. ❤️❤️❤️
I'm so sorry for your loss! John was a blast to play french horn with in high school & it was fun to dance with him at the church youth dances while he sang Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked & Walked..... and of course his favorite Rubber Ducky, You're the One....
Much love & prayers of comfort for his family & friends.
I was shocked to hear this. Please let Lane and the kids know how sorry I am. John is a great person who always made me laugh. When they moved to Huntington to have more land and raise animals the family was so missed in our ward. Now he has graduated to bigger and better things. He will be making people laugh on the other side of the veil. Sing with the heavenly choir John. Love you guys.
I am so sorry to hear that John has passed away.
We met in London at RootsTech and had so many laughs together.
We will all miss him very much.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,
may the Lord bless all of you.
Sabine M. Fiedler
My heart and prayers go out to John’s family. Going to voice male as a kid was honestly one of my favorite family traditions we had. I remember one show where we stayed a bit later to see everyone come out and I remember John talking with my grandma and how he made her laugh. That memory makes me so happy! I lost my sweet grandma while I was on my mission, and I like to think my Grams gave John a big hug in Heaven thanking him for all the love and laughs he brought to our family and so many others. Grateful for the knowledge of the Gospel that brings peace knowing our loved ones are with our Heavenly Father watching over us. What a great day it’ll be when we are all reunited!
Thank you John for all the laughs, joy, and peace you brought into our lives. God bless your sweet family always.
I remember going to voice male concerts when I was younger. My family and I would go as a Christmas tradition. I always looked forward to this tradition because their music would bring the Christmas spirit so powerfully. Rest In Peace,
I have always been a big fan of voicemale, I never knew any of the singers, just loved the music and accapella singing. I now sing in a barbershop chorus in northern Utah and one day we have a new singer. He said, oh, Ive sang a time or two before. Turns out it was John. When I found out he was John Huff from Voicemale, I was so excited. He was just one of the baritones, and fit right in. But oh how he can post. He can sing longer and louder than anyone I know! He absolutely loved singing and we loved having him be a part of our North Front Sound family. What a great joy we had to share his voice with us for a while. He learned our songs and came to competition with us, even though he didn't like singing competitions. We have a song, that we sing each time we leave, and it has become a great treasure to us. It is called "The Parting Glass". John, we all raise the parting glass in your behalf for now and always. Love you brother. We wish your family well, and your fans everywhere, "Joy be with you all"
Our hearts are heavy with this news. 😢😭💔 Thanks John Huff for sharing your talents of humor, quirkiness, and fun through your singing and demeanor. You brought us so much joy and full on belly ache laughter every time we attended the Voice Male concerts. How greatly you will be missed!! We are sure heaven is brighter with you in it. It gives us great peace to think of you and Phil reunited and singing in heaven. ❤️ Thanks for all of the wonderful and cherished memories!! Our favorites include Rubber Duckie, the Chipmunk Song, and “Simba” at the end of “Lion Sleeps Tonight.” 🥰#DucksForJohn💛🐤🐥
*We are sending many thoughts, prayers, and comfort for all mourning and grieving John’s loss. Our deepest and heartfelt thoughts go out to John’s family and the members of Voice Male. Please know we wish you comfort and peace at this time. ❤️
Havila and Michael Nelson, Jennifer Parker
I was so shocked to hear this sad news. I was blessed to hang out with John in New Horizons, Voice Male, and in most of my chemistry classes at USU nearly 25 years ago. A brilliant, funny, talented, guy. A good friend. Amy and I send our love to Layne, their kids, Johns' parents and siblings, and the whole Voice Male family.
I've worked with John in different capacities over the last seven years and will miss him deeply. Not only was he talented musically and incredibly funny, John was one of the brightest people I've worked with at FamilySearch or elsewhere. He was creative and energetic. So many improvements to the family history experience over the last few bear John's fingerprints. My kids also looked up to John tremendously. I'm so sorry for your loss Layne and family. May the peace of our Savior comfort you during this difficult time. I pray that you may feel John near.
Thank you for sharing John with us for the last 25 years. His humor, personality, and unprecedented talent brought joy to our lives in so many ways. He will never be forgotten!
Julie and Ann
We, like all, were caught by surprise and disbelief when we learned ofJohn’s passing. Tami reminded me that John was so thoughtful to seek her out in numerous sightings to express thankfulness for sharing musical talents with his children. I, on the other hand, new John as a fellow Church employee and carpool/vanpool rider. John always added spice to any conversation. His personality brought a smile to your face. I will always remember his early morning phone calls to tell us he was “almost there” and if we would wait for him. We would on occasion turn around to find his old truck pulling into the Walmart parking lot. In the afternoons, John would ask us to wait as he had a late meeting. We would always wait for John as he was with waiting for. We will miss you, my friend. Will you wait for us?
Steve and Tami Van Dusen
Rubber Ducky became sort of the fun song for Voice Male and John MADE that song! Every concert we looked forward to that particular song. John's delightful sense of humor, incredible voice, and unique stage presence is unforgettable. We were stunned to learn of his untimely passing. He will be missed, but Heavenly Father must have need of him in another sphere and it is nice to think that he is stilll singing somewhere. God bless his sweet family. We love you ~
Richard & Brenda Anthony
Thanks for being a listening voice to ideas. John was a man of many talents and the world is a better place because of him. Love you.
I only played basketball with John at work for a short while but whenever we met I felt like I was one of his best lifelong friends. He seemed to spread sunshine everywhere he went. Heaven has to be an even happier place now with John there.
He is a treasured friend of my father, Jon Summers
He was good friends with my dad and will be missed very much.
We are deeply saddened by John's passing. We have attended Voice Male concerts for a good 25 years. This is a great loss to all of us. But especially, our hearts and prayers go out to John's family and all the members of Voice Male. Can't even imagine how hard this must be for all of you. Your Christmas concerts reminded us of the true reason for the Christmas season, and it is that reason that will carry everyone forward. May the spirit of Christ and his promised peace and comfort be will all of you. WIth all our love-
Larry and Laura Chatterton
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of a great man. Ever since I met him decades ago at the institute he has been a true friend, a kind hearted soul, an uplifter of spirits, a true carer for all and more importantly, he was a true witness of Christ from day one. Music has changed in the heavens now, it will be more enjoyable and oh how I hope they have rubber duckies there. May I have the chance to run the sound system again for his music in heaven.
I met John at Familysearch many years ago and felt instantly and directly of his spirit and joyful view of life! I became an instant Voicemale fan! John will be missed. Prayers and love to his family and many friends. Rest in peace my eternal friend.
Our hearts are saddened to hear of this great loss. He was the life of the party. Our love goes out to family and friends. May the Lord Bless you and May you find that comfort promised. John will be missed and our lives are Blessed with the Happiness and Laughter he shared. Thank You John. Love to all.
Ralph and Denise Mortensen
I remember right after I had my youngest daughter and lost my mom John was singing Mary's Baby Child and we had a moment where we both felt it while I was rocking my daughter. I will always appreciate him helping me remember that year to appreciate the miracle I had in my arms. It was a crappy year with losing my mom.
Going to voicemale started will I was dating my husband. We continued for years finally we invited my family and it became a family tradition every year since. We would get front row for many of those years.
Also he always gave us a hard time for bringing non duck rubber bath toys haha. #ducksforjohn
Hearing of John’s passing left me speechless and in tears. I loved every minute I was blessed to work with him at FamilySearch. His talents and kindness and humor and joy in life will never be forgotten. I will always think of John with admiration and gratitude for the privilege of knowing him. I suppose it’s not too surprising that heaven wanted him on their side - he will surely make it fun!
Over the years we have laughed with you and enjoyed your wonderful musical talent. We pray for your family and know Heavenly Father is with you and them. We love you! Here comes a rubber duck!💕
Tyler, Chantel and Logan Johnson and Erick, Blake and Matthew Walton
John was so much fun to watch. He was incredibly talented. Rubber Ducky will never be the same. RIP. Love and condolences to his family and friends.
I was the audience participant on stage in Victorville, California, in the mid-2000's visit. "I want my apple pie". John shook my hand and wouldn't let go after it was over. He looked at me with a big grin and chuckled. He said, "Surprise!"
We can scarcely believe that John is passed. Mike worked closely with John at Family Search for many years. This has hit him very hard. It was through this connection at work with John, that Mike and his family were introduced to the Voice Male Christmas concerts, many years ago. We absolutely loved them and It was the one concert we always looked forward to attending each year! When Mike told me of John’s passing, the thought that came to me was of all the joy that John has brought to so many people over the years, on stage and off. Not many people have that kind of unique and special gift, but John did. We send our condolences to John’s family and wife. I hope you find comfort knowing so many love John and are so grateful for the time he graced our lives. Thank you for sharing him with us. We will miss him so very much.
Michael & Kristine Buck
We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. Our hearts are so heavy. Layne, you and your children will be in our prayers for a long, long time.
There are too many memories to share, from Utah State and New Horizons to those first two years of Voice Male and beyond. We never think of the dialects of Great Britain, rubber duckies, or Chipmunks and hula hoops without thinking of John with fondness. Please know that our hearts are with you. John, we will miss your humor, your beautiful voice, and your big, kind heart. The world has lost an irreplaceable man.
James and Jenny Lyman
I was at USU in the beginning and have followed Voice Male from Montpelier ID to Kaysville and back to Logan throughout the years! Sharing your talents have lifted so many hearts, brought so many smiles and helped us all feel the spirit! Love you all, my heart breaks for all of you and your families! John’s humor and talent will always be remembered in our home! “Rubber Ducky, you’re my very best friend, it’s true!!!” Love and condolences to all!
I have appreciated the laughter and talent that John shared. Wishing comfort to family and loved ones at this difficult time.
I knew John from my college years. We were in the same ward, a HUGE student ward. He had the best sense of humor, and of course a great voice. He was a good man, spiritually strong and insightful. Im so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family.
Words cannot express my sorrow for the loss his family and many who love this man are feeling ! John brought so much joy and laughter to my life and my families life we were faithful concert goers !! He is one of a kind ! I felt blessed to watch their Christmas special this December ! We truly missed voicemale this last year with covid on the rise. Bless you all such a wonderful man . I’m grateful to have the knowledge that he is in the arms of a loving Heavenly Father, his eyes and expressions while singing about his Savior was touching. He will be deeply missed.
I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Injoy his and the groups performances so much. The Lord bless all of you.
I never really knew John, but I went to many concerts while I was growing up. It is his voice I hear and try to imitate when I am singing Rubber Duckie to my kiddos. This news makes me very sad. I hope you all find peace and that you know John brought smiles to many.
I never knew John or any member of the group personally, but they have been a big part of my music life for over 25 years. I have every album and have been to a lot of concerts. Your music and message has influenced my life for good. My condolences and prayers for John's family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Words cannot express my sadness over this news. It seems impossible because John was larger than life and truly made the world a happier place. My heart particularly goes out to Lyme and the kids. From this past member of Voice Male I say thank you John for the love and friendship you have shown to me and the positive influence you have been in my life.
Dear Huff family,
We are so very saddened to learn of John's passing. We have been acquainted with John and what would become the 'Voicemale' group, since their college days. John has touched countless lives time and time again, with his quick humor, and that great singing voice of his. Many of us had tears stream down our faces during the shows, because we were laughing so hard....He was so awesomely funny, making those cool sounds, silly facial expressions, and movements while singing!! And it seemed to come so naturally to him! Among the fun, John had a quality that shone so very brightly. He was a spiritual Giant!! One could hear that through his songs of our Savior. John was never to busy for a hug, or some sincere kind words after a show. He was such a great sport... allowing his loving audience to throw rubber ducky's at him. I am certain there is one more special Angel in the Choir of Heaven today... and I'm sure he makes everyone smile, and yes, also laugh, with his beautiful music!!👼 Dear Huff Family, dear Voicemale brothers and families, we pray the Lord may bless you with comfort and strength. This has got to be so unimaginably hard... Hold on to the promises of our Father and of His Son, and with that, the promise of a joyful reunion. We love you!! Angelika and Tony Gardner Family 💕
Angelika Gardner and Family
I didn’t know him at all, but I ran into him at a scout camp about a week after seeing him sing at Summerfest in Logan. He had just had knee surgery but was still hobbling around scout camp so the boys could have an adult leader there. And then I saw him later in the week at the camp commissary and they had a bunch of small rubber duckies up on the shelf and I chuckled to myself when I saw them. Then he walked in behind me and I said hey, I was just thinking about you. He looked pretty creeped out til I pointed out the ducks to him and had a good laugh. He seems like a really great guy. Sorry for your loss!
I could be considered "just a Voice Male fan". But I have attended over 100 concerts...almost all of them from the front row. I met Voice Male 18 years ago...as I was going through a divorce. John was so kind and genuine in his friendship and support over the years. I went to the shows as much for the opportunity to visit with guys as for the music. They all now consider me a "friend" rather than a "fan". My ability to find joy in spite of hardship, love deeper regardless of the outcome, and live life to its fullest is partly because I knew 7 men collectively known as VOICEMALE- Thank-you Layne for sharing your husband. Thank-you John for the memories. Thank-you Heavenly Father and Jesus for letting John Luthy, Mike Wilson, Phil Kesler, Rick Murdock, Mike Bearden, Richard McCallister and John Huff be instruments of good in my life. I will miss you so much!
Monica Kelly Evans
John was one of my best friends in 7th & 8th grade. I was always jealous of his ability to come up with the funniest, goofiest material right off the cuff. We played a lot of music together through middle and high school and into college. You will be missed, John.
We will miss the hilariousness of John! He could never be replaced. We will always remember the mismatched shoes he wore at the Christmas 2019 Concert in SLC. I took photos of his shoes so that I would always remember. Such a wonderful person and a memorable part of Voice Male. We love you guys and treasure your concerts! We own all 12 of your albums and listen to them often. (Even the Love Boat song) Thank you for the music and memories. Thanks to John for his everlasting sense of humor. He has left an unforgettable impression on so many.
Tom & Rosalie Hardcastle
He made every concert memorable. I have followed you guys since your start. He has been an integral part of voice male. My heart goes out to all of his family and other members of voicemale at this time.
I had the privilege of working with John for many years. He was funny, kind, intelligent, dedicated, and friendly. He was a righteous man who had his priorities straight. How I will miss him!
I've never met a kinder or friendly person. Several years ago John was having issues with some tickets at a baseball game, I was the manager on duty. I helped him with his issue he asked for my business card and in December he emailed me and offered me tickets to your Christmas show. I took my cousins and we had a great time. My deepest sympathy to you and John's family.
To Layne and the children,
We are so sad to hear of John's passing. He was and always will be a part of our memories through our association with VoiceMale. He was a person who could make you laugh and cry at the same time with his singing and antics up on stage. And after the concerts he made us feel like we were life long friends. My heart felt gratitude goes out to you for sharing him with us so that we could enjoy his talents. He will be truly missed! Our thoughts are with you and our prayers are for you to help you through this hard time. Gone too soon but will never be forgotten.
To our VoiceMale friends,
Sorry, too, for your loss of another wonderful member of your "family". This has got to be so hard on you too! What great memories we have of all of you through the years. We are especially reminded of the many interactions we have had with John. One comes to mind of when I made the two Johns hats for the rubber ducky song. Luthy wore Bert and Huff wore a duck hat. I didn't think they'd wear them but they did on stage that night. It was awesome! Our thought and prayers are with you!
Debra Tolman (the crazy tremonton fan)
Our family have been avid fans of voice male since the beginning. We've made it a tradition to attend their Christmas concert every year for the last few years and the highlight has always been when John sings Rubber duckie and the chance to pelt him with a barrage of the yellow duckies.
He is so humorous and funny!
We will miss you John Huff!
Condolences to your dear wife and family.
Prayers for your peace and comfort till you meet again.
John was such a wonderful person, both on and off stage. I remember seeing him after one of the many Christmas concerts me and my family attended. I was probably in 3rd or 4th grade. I went up to him and told him that I had something I wanted to show him, and I sang a few lines of the chipmunk song to him using my (what I thought) was an amazing chipmunk voice. I remember him making such a big deal about it and telling me that it was amazing, which made my 9 year old self feel like a rock star haha. John was a celebrity after all! He will be so missed!
John Huff is my dear friend from FamilySearch. It felt so saddening to learn he is no longer with us. I worked with him over the years making Family Tree happen, and I watched him work to make the records much more accessible and findable.
Thank you John for all the times you talked with me and connected with me personally. To John's family, I hope you can feel comfort from our Savior after the shock and grief I'm sure you feel right now. I'm grateful you shared John with us.
I was lucky enough to know John on the ward level right after I got married. He was such a wonderful happy person and always made me feel loved and cared about! I also loved watching him perform! You couldn't see hom without smiling or laughing! He will be greatly missed. I am honored to have known him!
John brought joy to so many people! I have loved Voice Mail for many years and each one of you brought your own special personality to the group. I thank you all for what you have done for the world, for my world. This must be unexpressable hard for John's family and for those of you who know him so well and worked with him so closely. My prayers are with each of you. There's a lot of work going on on the other side of the veil right now. Maybe they especially needed someone like John to help them stop and laugh and love with him now and then as we all have. Blessings John and blessings to his family and loved ones.
I have so many wonderful memories of John! I loved when Voice Male traveled with the New Horizons show choir and I laughed at every single one of his jokes… Everything he said or did was so funny and he was an absolute gift and SO TALENTED! My heart is with Layne and their children.
Jen and I were heartbroken over the news of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Huff family at this time. We are so sorry! The news triggered SO many fond memories of Voice Male, of John's magnetic personality and sense of humor that so often boosted our spirits and gave us hope for the future. We have laughed until we cried over the years from Voice Male and Gentlemen of the Court when they got their start at USU until today. Thank you, John, for your amazing positive impact on our family and so many others!
Nathan and Jen Horner Family
I remember going to the dollar store before a Voice Male show. The only things they had there were stars so I bought them. When John started singing “Rubber Duckys” I threw the stars. John picked up the star and a duck and started saying “ This is a star and this is a duck. Star. Duck. Star. Duck.” I laughed so hard I cried the rest of the prefomence. RIP John so many memories of you
I am so saddened to learn of John’s passing. I have so many memories of my time at USU performing in New Horizons with John and many of the members of Voice Male. He is a talented and wonderful man. He will most definitely be missed. My deepest condolences to John’s family, and the members of Voice Male as well. May the Lords comforting peace be with all of you at this difficult time. 💙
We have enjoyed Voice Male for many years and loved throwing ducks on-stage. [Always making sure not to hit John.]
We will miss him.
John was the best part of the show. With his rubber ducky song it was always so catchy and fun. He was so funny and amazing
We loved watching John and his fellow Voicemale members every Christmas season Our lives were truly touched by John and each one of you. We feel a deep sense of loss with John's passing.
May the Lord be with each and everyone of who loved John. We are thinking and praying for you.
The Naylor Family
We were completely devastated to learn of John's death. It has been such a joy to attend Christmas and non Christmas concerts with Voice-male. John was so incredibly talented, and funny. As we live next to John's parents, we have loved having John and Layne's kids come to the fence to pet our dog, Sam. They would stick their little hands through and Sam would scoot close to be petted. We love the Huff family and send our love and prayers to each of you at this hard time. John, thank you for sharing your immense talent with us
The Bitton family
My brother introduced my family to Voice Male when my children were quite young. They all grew up loving your group and especially John Huff. My oldest son loved the music so much he actually stepped out during a concert intermission and prayed he would get one of the free CDs when he was about 10. He only told me about it when he was showing me what he won afterwards. I’ll always be grateful that he chose people to admire who showed him such a good example. We were shocked and saddened to lose Phil. Now my 26-year-old daughter, with whom I watched the recent Zoom “concert”, called me in tears about John. She was one who threw virtual ducks at John because it was tradition. Our heart goes out to all of you and your families. I found comfort in John’s tender memories of Phil and knowing that at least there is one reunion in such a terrible loss. Our prayers are with you!! Thank you for your examples of faith!❤️
Shari Jo Edwards
We are deeply shocked and saddened at this news of John’s passing. We have been followers of Voice Male for years, and John has made us laugh and cry. We are definitely crying now. 😥😥
How grateful we are to know that God has a plan for us all. He was obviously needed in Heaven for some other important work. 😇
Our hearts and prayers go out to his families, those at home and those in Voice Male. We’re thankful to have seen him just before Christmas sharing his life and heart with everyone.
May God bless all of you and give each of you peace and comfort at this time. Until we meet again ♥️
Clark and Mary Jane McIntosh
My heart is broken for Layne, the Huff Family and, of course, Voice Male. I have such fond memories of singing with John and Layne in the Institute Choir at USU. John was such a great positive and fun leader.
May the family and Voice Male feel God’s peace during these hard times.
Monica Murdock Flint
This is so heartbreaking and shocking to hear of the passing of John! I am 30 years old and majority of my childhood memories include Voice Male playing in the background. It became a Christmas tradition for the last 15+ years to go to the Voice Male Christmas concert where my family and I loved to laugh at all of John’s jokes and antics on stage. We saw the rubber ducky song start out with one random duck being thrown at one concert, to a HUGE tradition of hundreds of ducks being thrown at every single concert. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized the long whispered “Simbaaaaaaaa” in the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” isn’t, in fact, part of the original song! I loved John’s natural ability to make people laugh and his carefree, happy personality!
In April of 2020, I had the opportunity to go to New York to work as a nurse to help during the then new/devastating pandemic. I returned home on my 30th birthday to a surprise video compilation made by a friend from all of my life-long favorite people wishing me a happy birthday/congratulations. John was one of them! He took the time out of his day to record a quick video for me and he didn’t even know who I was. It was extremely kind and thoughtful and my family will remember it forever! I’ll cherish it even more knowing he’s no longer here.
This past year wasn’t the same without the annual Voice Male concert, in fact I realized that part of what “sets the stage” for our Christmas spirit IS this concert! The song Homeless is one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs of all time. I’m saddened we didn’t get a 2020 concert to remember John by, but it brings me comfort to know that because of the pandemic, John hopefully got to spend the entire Christmas season with his family.
To all the Voice Male members: We cannot fathom your grief at this time. My family and I hope you will continue the Christmas concert tradition in the future but we will also understand if you decide otherwise. We are so grateful for all the joy you have all given to us over the years!! To John’s family: We are so incredibly sorry for this huge, sudden loss. Our hearts are with you and we are forever thankful for the many Christmas’s you shared John with us! 🤍 🐥
The legend John Huff was the funniest and kindest person I have ever met.he had the ability to make my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing. However not today hearing the sad news.
John served his mission in my ward Bradford and instantly became part of our family. He visited my family home a number of times when he had finished his mission. He was a chaperone for a football team (soccer) and travelled the uk by train once he had finished chaperoning. I remember him telling my mum
(Lesley Brook) in a very casual manner that he had slept on a bench at the side of Loch Lomond. My mum the ever serving missionary mum was mortified. John however thought it was hilarious. Years later I visited Loch Lomond and found myself wondering which bench it was John had slept on.
One Sunday when John was visiting my ward we were struggling for someone to play the piano. A sister was walking around the chapel asking people if they played the piano. When she asked John he said, no, but I can make noises for one. My family thought this was hilarious.
When I visited Utah I made a promise to John that I would take him a can of dandelion burdock and a can of lilt. I stuck to my promise, however the lilt didn’t quite make it. John laughed and joked when I told him why it hadn’t made it. I had drank it in the middle of the night. He said, I don’t know which is worse you drinking it or telling me about it? Every time one of my family drinks lilt or dandelion burdock we always think of our dear friend.
When John was in London for Roots tech I was unable to attend. My mum and son traveled to London with our stake. Many members were hoping to see the Osmond’s. Not my mum and son. They were there to see John. My teenage son eggar to meet the person he has listened to on CDs all his life and my mum to see her missionary son once again. I had sent a gift of dandelion burdock sadly no lilt. My son FaceTimed me when they had found John. He was still the same funny, funny guy and was touched that we remembered his love of dandelion burdock. How could we forget?
These stories don’t even scratch the surface of memories myself and family have of John. Our heart aches and aches for Johns family.
May heaven be filled with chips and scraps from the fish and chips with cans of dandelion burdock and cans of lilt for you my friend. Until we meet again my funny, funny friend.
Dearest Layne and Family
My heart aches for you John was such a special person we treasure the time we knew him as a missionary and the times he would come and stay with us after his mission, my sweet Eric so enjoyed the times we had and of course you coming with him, what a joy it was to meet you, When John came to England in 2019 I was able to meet him and pass on some of his favorited soda pop that he had enjoyed with us.
I feel sure that Our Saviors arms will enfold as they did me when my Sweet Eric passed beyond the veil.
This brings with it Lots of Love and Big Hugs from Lesley here in Yorkshire England
Little Memory: In the Intro for "It's A Small World After All", when everyone announced where they served their LDS missions and then spoke that local language, John put on his best Dori (Finding Nemo) impression...because he served in WALES! LOL
Big Memory: I'll never forget hanging out in the studio during the "Baby, It's Cold Outside" session, chatting, laughing, swapping notes on our favorite Jazz vocalists, and helping to "translate" some of his thoughts into instrumental references the others could apply to their own performances. There are few feelings of accomplishment as great has having John Huff point at you and yell, "YES! THANK YOU!"
John's legacy of love, laughter, and lifting up others will live on long after we're all gone.
My wife and I live in California and have enjoyed the talent and music of Voice Male since we bought our first CD almost twenty years ago. I am shocked to hear the news regarding John. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Huff family and friends. John and the entire Voice Male group have provided my family and friends the most beautifully produced vocal music and inspiration for so long! We will miss John very much. We will now appreciate his music even more. God bless you.
Matt and Joy Bugg
I served part of my mission where he and his family lived and I thought it was pretty cool to get to know one of the guys that I listened to as part of my missionary music. I remember how he emcee’d the parade through Honeyville while I was there. That was one of the many highlights of my mission. He’ll be missed down here but I’m sure he has been warmly welcomed on the other side.
(Elder) Porter Hatch
That is so, so shocking! I just watched your Christmas special and loved his crazy turtle ideas and later when he became so touched by his memory of Phil. It was sweet to see the comical as well as the tender side of John. John was such a wonderful, talented and funny member of the group. Such a devastating loss. My heart goes out to his family and Voice Male.
John is the kind of guy to go out of his way to make you feel loved and accepted. He was a hard worker, funny, and always kind! We will miss him!
Wes, Becky, and kids Jones
FHE will never be the same. You truly bring joy with you, every room you enter It is contagious. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all. I was thinking today about how you and Layne sung at Sam’s funeral, “be still my soul”. I hope your darling family finds comfort during this all. (Layne we love you so much)
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of John Huff. I remember my mom taking me to the first VoiceMale concerts at USU. We tried not to miss any when they would come perform. After my Mom passed away it took many years to listen to their songs again. When I finally did I would just cry and then laugh at the same time. The memories were so vivid and wonderful. John touched alot of lives with his humor and kind spirit. I pray that those John left behind will find comfort and peace.
I love going to your Christmas concerts. I have seen your group over and over and I never get tired of it. Thank you for sharing your talent. You will be greatly missed. Sheryl
John was downright lovable....an incredible talent that will be sorely missed. After many many concerts including 2 times for us in the Missionary Dept. and all the CD's we will still have a soft spot for John. The knowledge that families and friends are eternal will take some of the sting out of this terrible loss. God speed John!
Rick & Sue Hall
This is so sad. John was so fun to watch especially when they sang “Rubber Ducky!” I’m from Logan and saw him every summer at Summerfest! RIP John
God bless his wife and children
We were so shocked when we received an email saying that John Huff passed away. Words cannot convey the sadness in our hearts, and how much we will miss his wonderful "light". We have been blessed to have been able to follow Voice Male ever since their college days at USU. John gave us so much joy! He was a great entertainer....so much fun! Our hearts are saddened for his family, and also the other members of his Voice Male group. Our prayers are with you all!
John has always been so kind to me. The best memory is when Voice male sang “Prayer of the Children” for my 6 yr old daughter’s funeral in 1996. I asked them and they didn’t hesitate, they just said yes. It gave me comfort at a very difficult time. But afterward, whenever I would see John, he would ask how I and my family were doing. He may have been the rubber ducky king but I will always remember his kind heart!! John, tell McKelle I miss her and I will miss you!! Nancy
I'm so sad to hear of John Huff passing. He was so loved by this group and by all of us fans. His sense of humor was a delight to all of us. He will truly be missed. So sorry for his family and for the "voice Male brethren"
I just listened to the virual concert less than a month ago. John talked so sweetly of the other member who died a while ago and whose picture was hanging in his music room. I think about their neat reunion...but I'm so sad for his family and friends.
Gail Kennington from Afton Wyoming
I saw voicemales first concert at USU as a student and had never been so entertained or enjoyed myself so much. We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt. 5 years ago I started working with the choirs at our high school and met John’s very talented children and his wonderful wife. Every time we had a choir concert, John and Layne would find me and our choir director after to gush with praise about how good it sounded. I especially appreciated this as an accompanist, who doesn’t often get recognized. John always made me feel like a rock star after the concerts. He was always fun, upbeat and encouraging. He raised incredible children, smart thinkers, friendly and fun. I feel blessed to have known John. My love and prayers are with the family. 💕
The siiimmmmbbbaaaa he would do at the end of “Lion Sleeps Tonight”. I used to watch Lion King multiple times a day as a kid. I loved it! Anyway, right before starting it each time I would stick head up and whisper “siiiimmmbbbbbaaaaa”!!!
John loved it so much he started including it in that song. It's always been special for me knowing that.
My heart is broken, while I did not know him personally, his voice touch my heart so many time in the 16 years I have been listening to Voice Mail. (Don’t tell the other guys but, he is my favorite). He made me laugh and smile and cry, his voice touched my soul. My husband and I have been attending the Christmas concerts before we were even married and it truly is my favorite Christmas tradition. My heart is heavy for your loss, and John will be missed by so many. We will remember him with fondness for the rest of our lives. Praying for your family at this difficult time.
Condolences to John, his family, and Voice Male friends. I remember when Voice Male started back in 1994 as an offshoot of New Horizons Choir at USU. I was on the institute council at the time and considered John a friend at the time, and still consider him to be a friend even these many years later. May peace be with his family and all those left behind with his passing.
During the New Horizon's years I met a bunch of amazing people, but none quite like John Huff. Funny, punny, quirky, fearless, self-deprecating, spiritual, sensitive, and possessing great intellectual and religious depth behind that cat-that-ate-the-canary smile.... He is a lid for Layne's pot, and they are one of the all-time power couples. I am saddened beyond measure to hear that he has graduated to the next level, because I am certain that his presence is irreplacable in the lives of so many....
Much love to his sweet Layne and their children....
Rest in peace, my friend.
Unbelievable, I have no words. My husband, John and I had been going to Voice Male's Christmas concerts for years. Remember when tickets were 5 bucks? Last year we had attended on December 9th and my husband, John passed away unexpectedly also early the next morning. I've always felt so grateful that this one of the last outings we had together.
I wished I could say "I can't imagine what you're going through" but I can and it is so difficult. My prayers, sincere condolences and love to the entire Huff and Voice Male families.
"Be the Things You Loved Most About Those that are Gone"
John and I were good friends in our single ward years ago. I’m so sad to hear about this. Prayers for his family. Love you guys.
I am so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. It breaks my heart. We loved attending the Voicemale concerts each Christmas, it became a family tradition. He was so extremely talented, friendly and hilarious. We hope his family as well as his Voicemale family can find peace and comfort at this very difficult time.
I worked with John so many years ago and still remember his upbeat additude towards life. Learning that he was a singer and seeing him perform at the Provo High School at a concert made me respect him even more. Every time we ran into each other we he remembered me and always had a few moments to share.
I will miss you John and look forward to singing with you in the eternities.
From when I first saw you guys at Star Valley High School in 2000 To the last time We were able to see you all live a few years ago I was always drawn to John as the unique one and I mean that in a great way. He was always so clever and so talented that there were always witty surprises. This family loves that guy and we are shocked and saddened by the loss. We pray for all of you and his family right now.
I have seen Voice Male many times. My first concert was back at Idaho State University where they performed for the young adults. His banter in every concert was hilarious, often to the ire of John Luthy. My wife’s cousin was also in the original group from USU. John’s voice is what glued Voice Male together.
Such a funny guy! He truly was the epicenter of the comedy between you all. Condolences to family and friends. May God bless.
Karlene and Gary Young
My wife introduced me to Voicemale in 2012. We attended their concert that year and had so much fun. I think that was one of the highlights of our Christmas season.
Since then I have always enjoyed their music and once in a while I will break out in singing the rubber ducky song. Every time I do I always think of John.
Hearing of the passing of John is a shock. I pray his family and friends will feel love, comfort and peace. Thanks for the fun memories my friend!!
John has been my friend and supporter for many years. We lived in Honeyville together. We spent many scout trips and camps together. John always made them fun. I had my own built in entertainment and always had a front row seat. I never had to pretend to be anything that I wasn’t. I could just be myself and John made me feel valued. We spent a lot of nights in sleeping bags on scout trips even though we didn’t sleep much. John would do anything to help the boys. I love you and will miss you my friend. I knew I could always count on you.
My sincere condolences to John's family and friends. I want to share a memory of John Huff. Last year on 17 Dec 2019, I took my 6-year-old grandson, Jace, to the concert at Thanksgiving Point. He knew to bring ducks because we had attended the concert the year before and the duck throwing was Jace's favorite part of the show! We brought a handful of small ducks, but this year we also brought along Ducky, a VERY large duck. When John started singing Rubber Ducky, my grandson headed to the front of the room with Ducky in his arms. He got right in front of John and tossed Ducky onto the stage. John made a surprised/shocked face as to how big the duck was. My grandson thought it was hysterical and was so happy that John liked the big duck. However, after the show as we were packing up to leave, my grandson told me he didn't want to leave without Ducky. He was sad that he had given it up and wanted to get it back. I took him up to the stage to look, but all the ducks were gone. He started to cry. I saw John off to the side greeting people and so we got in line to meet him. My grandson is very shy and looks to me to speak for him. He asked me to ask John if he could have the duck back. I explained to John what the duck looked like (kind of like Rubber Ducky...only bigger). John was very accommodating.
He went backstage, found my grandson's duck, and came back and gave it to him. My grandson was all smiles as he hugged his giant duck. I wish I could share here the photo I took of John with Jace and his duck. It will be a memory of John that we will cherish always. Thank you, Voice Male, and especially John Huff, for bringing so many smiles to my family and to others. John Huff -- You're the One! Rest in Peace.
I went backpacking with John and after you go backpacking with someone they become family. He always had great stories to tell around the fire. And was very helpful with everything we did.
Love John's "larger than life" personality!! He is, was, and always will be remembered for the "fun" that he brought to each and every concert!!! He will be missed!!!
I first met John while serving on the Institute council. We were on the recruitment committee about 24 years ago. We became fast friends. I enjoyed his humor. I appreciated his testimony. He was never judgmental of me, but kind and sincere. I got to know his brother Steve, and their friends John Luthy and Tyler Griffin. We were all in various committees with the Institute council. I consider them all dear friends. I attended many voice male concerts and enjoyed all of them. Every chance I had to visit with him always brought a smile on my face because he was always smiling, always cheerful.
I mourn his loss and we lost an amazing man.
A coupe years ago, after the Christmas concert during the meet and greet, my family had the amazing opportunity not only to talk to John, but his family. We also learned he and I had a shared interest in DCI, he having marched with Blue Knights, myself in Cascades. I had always admired all of them, but this really made a connection to him for me.
John was the greatest man anyone knew. I feel that I have so many memories but I will just share one. A memory I have with him is when everyone else had already backpacked into camp and we were coming a day later because of a madrigal performance. I backpacked in with John, Grant, Emmett, and Ike. When we got to camp we were joined by a couple of other families who had already hiked in. We had the best time on that backpacking trip. Beautiful views with the greatest people. John will sure be missed by many. He was an incredible guy who could make anyone laugh.
Alyssa Johnson Knudsen
We’ve been going to Voice Male concerts every year in Ogden for as long as I can remember. John was the one who made me, my brothers, and my cousins laugh and laugh and laugh. Every year! My little brother would even say all the time that he wanted to be John Huff when he grew up. We sat in the front row many of those years and John would always make sure we got a souvenir rubber ducky before they were cleaned up. As I got older, I realized he also has a more serious, spiritual side to him, which made me appreciate him even more. He was a great man! He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to the Huff family.
He was so fun we miss him
My love goes out to John's family. I grew up going to concerts. Voice Male became a huge family tradition and John always made me laugh. I loved his jokes and silly mannerisms. I couldn't wait to throw my rubber duck. After concerts he was so kind and always said hi to me. He is a part of so many fun summer and Christmas memories for my family. Thank you, John, for making this world brighter.
Gina Vincent & Family
Our family has made it a Christmas tradition to come to VM concerts every year. We have 7 sons and each year we would order odd ducks to throw. Our boys quote his jokes about fighting over the dinner rolls at the table and every funny story. Although we didn’t know John Huff personally, we felt like we did. And I think that’s the magic of John. He connected with his audience on a personal level. His humor was contagious and it was obvious he loves his VM friends, his audience, and all he meets. Goodness did exude from him. We could feel of his faith through his music. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He is gone too soon. But we hope his family takes comfort in that he is not gone forever. And we hope they feel him near, especially at Christmas time.
John came on a camping trip I was on with my in-laws. His humor and happiness was contagious. Sending condolences to his family.
John was only guy I ever let sing with my ward choir I just wrote his directions in the music and handed it to him as he went to the choir seats
Linda Martin Sweat
It's been a family tradition to go to a voice male concert every year. Our world is emptier now. We feel s small bit of your loss.
Steve & Gayle Lund
So sorry to hear the news of John's passing. I've followed voicemale since Christmas of 1998, and along with my friends we thru our first ducks at him in December of 1999. Now after so many ducks later it is sad to know he's passed on. He always brought a fun variety of entertainment to the shows. Besides the fun of throwing ducks during rupper ducky. My favorite other song he sung was send me to glory in a glad bag. Almost kind of an ironic song for this situation. But he was a great man so definitely no need for an oven bag.
I was privileged to work with John at the Family History Department.. i retired after 35 years and at my retirement party, instead of “God be with you until we meet again”, I got John to sing “Rubber Ducky”. It was the highlight of the party. I love that man and I am devastated that he is gone. I have gone to every Christmas Voice Male Concert since the Kessler Family introduced me to this amazing group. I am sure he and Phillip had a great reunion and are singing together with great joy.
We decorate our Christmas tree with ducks because of John. His spirit and grandeur will live on in his music. Thank you! And you will be missed. Love to your family and to Voice Male.
We are so sorry to hear this, and pray for his family and his singing pals. We have attended many Voice Male concerts over the years and love your music and your gospel messages. Our sincere condolences.
Jeff and Alison Randall
🦆John made me laugh. He also sang from the heart and shared his testimony through song. Rubber ducky will not be the same. He was a genuine person on and off stage. My heart is broken. Prayers to his family He was a happy person and shared his live of music with my family. He will be missed. 😔❤️
I’m crying as I read this. I really enjoyed John’s humor during seeing Voice Male for 13 years.....
Rubber Ducky, you’re the one. You make Voice Male lots of fun....
I’m saddened that he left us. We love you John.....
I didn’t know John personally but I took Institute classes from his father. Through the years as I watched VM I always thought how I could see his father in him. In fact I consider his father as one of many great influences in my life. My condolences to the family, for this temporary separation.
I have known John and his family for many years. I had the opportunity to work with him and he was such a delight to be around. I will always cherish the fact that he would talk to me no matter where I would run into him - he was a truly genuine wonderful person that loved all people - my heart goes out to his family - this is a huge loss - we are all better to have known John Huff!
My deepest condolences on John's passing. My family have been Voice Male fans for as long as I can remember and always looked forward to concerts and the laughter we would share because of John especially. May your family have peace and comfort during this difficult time!
You brought our family great joy. It was so refreshing to hear your music and clean humor. It sincere condolences to your family.
Saddened and shocked by the news of John’s passing. John was one of a kind and a very talented musician. Attending the Voice Make Christmas concert has been a family tradition for years. We always looked forward to John’s humor and crazy comments. Prayers for his family and the other members of Voice Male.
I am so shocked and saddened by this news. He was the light of Voice Male. He made their performances funny and entertaining. He will be missed dearly. Hugs to his family and friends.♥️❤️
Oh my goodness! Our hearts skipped a beat reading this. We have attended so many shows, we feel like we know each of you. Our hearts are broken and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and each of you!
Joe and Karen Wright
I love the Huff family. John was in my Young Mens Presidency when I was a youth. I had the privilege of learning from him. I also had the pleasure of singing with him a few times. Him and his wife, Lane, sang at my Mission Farewell. My thoughts are with her and her family at this time.
So many fun memories with John. Singing in Ward choir together was one of my favorites. Hours spent on our family’s couch when he came over to visit. My children will never forget his homemade salsa, which he made and frequently brought over with two bags of Don Julio chips numerous times. He was the most amazing friend, the most alive person I have ever met. I loved him so much and will miss him terribly.
I'm so saddened by this news. John was kind and fun loving making high school matching band always a party. I'm grateful for him and all his family in their sincere goodnes. He will be greatly missed.
My family loves John. We’ve attended the Christmas concerts for years as an extended family. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and all those affected by this news. I know there’s many who have been in tears from laughing so hard at his antics; he knew how to make everyone laugh and smile. He will be greatly missed!! Prayers and love to all those affected by his passing.
My heart is breaking. I have enjoyed Voice Male music for 25 years. John is one of a kind. He will surely be missed. I loved his anticks and love for every concert. Love to all of you and his family.
My heart is breaking for your family. John served a mission in my home ward back in England and was loved by many. I live in cache valley now and for the last 20 years I have taken my family to see Voicemale every Christmas. We never got tired of his jokes and loved throwing rubber duckies at him during his ‘rubber ducky’ song. John was one of a kind and will be so so missed❤️
We bought our first Voice Male (Kid Stuff) CD in 2009 just before our first family vacation as a blended family of seven. We spent countless hours listening to that CD in our van and enjoying those songs. They are forever a part of our family/kids’ childhood memories. ❤️💛💙 prayers for John’s family and the Voice Male family.
The Hard-Dunc family
As a student at USU, I loved coming to Voice Male concerts and watching John in action lightened my heart! I will pray fir his family and friends. He was a good soul.
Oh my gosh! The rubber ducky song is my greatest memory. It is a Christmas tradition to go to a concert. We pack in about 20 runner ducks of all shapes and sizes.
This is heartbreaking. Y'all will be in our prayers.
We have followed Voice Male since the beginning. Loved all their music. They are wonderful musicians, entertainer's and men. John will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and prayers to all those envolved. 💕🙏💕🙏💕🙏💕 May God bless and comfort you.💕
I am so sorry to hear this. John was an incredible man. We saw you many times on stage, and once my Dad was even picked to be a volunteer for your Chicken on the Bone song. John was always so kind and warm every time my parents saw him in the Church Office Building. He will be truly missed. Prayers of comfort to all of you tonight.
I remember John from high school. Crazy trumpet player, energetic even then. It was so fun to see attend a Voicemale concert many years later and realize I knew him! His energy and love for life and music is contagious. May God comfort and watch over his family at this difficult time.
Our hearts are breaking at this news! We have loved our association with VoiceMale over the years. We loved John and his wonderful talents! He would always light up the crowd whether we were at a Sinclair Christmas Party, Sun Valley or The Barn at Thanksgiving Point. Our love and condolences to his family and his VoiceMale family. All our love, Lowell and Debbie Hardy
Lowell & Debbie Hardy
We are so saddened to hear the news of John's passing. A dear friend from high school. We have loved being able to see you each year at your concerts. It has been a family Christmas tradition not missing a year starting way back in 1995!!! Sending our sincere sympathy and love to each of you. Prayers and comfort to each of you. - Much love - Todd & Carmen Sorenson
Todd & Carmen Sorenson Family
We loved to go to their concerts. We love their music 🎼 onOur Cds. We send our sympathy to you Layne and your cute family. Prayers for you 😢and your family
Elmo and Kathleen Christensen