During his long career as a teacher in Kanawha County, Boone County and at Charleston Catholic, John touched many lives.
He didn't need to sit behind a classroom desk or jot down facts on a chalkboard to teach me.
John was friendly, engaging and helpful beyond what I could ever have hoped and, most of all, didn't expect anything in return.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have met him. When I recently heard he was diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago, it affected me.
Then I thought about his family and what they are going through, and I hurt for them.
This isn't about baseball, or any ink a high school athlete receives in a newspaper.
Quite frankly, too many people are concerned about what they can do for their children's athletic careers, instead of teaching them some of life's most important lessons. In the newspaper business, we like to call those people enablers.
John also wasn't one of those. He was what sportswriters want a parent to be and I suspect Patrick, and his daughter Jill, are better people for it.
He made it to Charleston Catholic baseball games after Patrick's graduation. Three years after his son left Catholic, John remains highly thought of in the school community.
The name "Hux" was printed on the side of their baseball caps on Memorial Day - shortly after John was moved to hospice. The Irish went out and defeated Herbert Hoover 14-9.
His name will be on the caps when the Irish face Valley in today's Class A State Tournament semifinal at around 12:30 p.m.
A seat will be reserved for John close to the Charleston Catholic dugout, which is where he spent much of his time in the spring.
I can tell you that John Huxley is a parent I'm glad I met.
I just wish I met him sooner.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.