FALLON — Tenth Judicial District Judge David Huff, who recently announced his retirement, died Thursday morning in Fallon following a lengthy illness. He was 72.
Judge Huff was on the District Court bench for 15 years, serving first on the 3rd Judicial District Court and then became the first judge on the 10th Judicial District Court when it became effective in January. The 10th Judicial District was created in 2011 when Churchill and Lyon counties were separated into individual judicial districts.
His legal career was long and distinguished, spanning more than 35 years. Judge Huff received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa and passed that state’s bar exam in 1965. He passed the California bar in 1970 and Nevada in 1985.
Judge Huff joined the Navy and served in Vietnam and his time in the military included work in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He also served as a military judge while in the Navy.
Judge Huff moved to Fallon in 1982 and worked more than 11 years in private practice. In 1996, he was elected district judge and served in that capacity since. He was instrumental in the creation of the 10th Judicial District.
In addition to his work, Judge Huff has been a member of numerous organizations including the Churchill County Museum Association, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon Elks Lodge, Fallon Rotary, Churchill County Library Board of Trustees and the Nevada District Judge’s Association.
As his health deteriorated, Judge Huff announced he would retire April 30.
Services have not yet been set. Additional information will be released as it is received.