John Robert Huddlestone, M.D.

August 16, 1944 ~ July 26, 2022 (age 77) 77 Years Old

John Huddlestone, M.D. Obituary

John passed peacefully at his home on July 26th, 2022, at the age of 77 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, and to his last moments brought dedication and humor to life. He spent his last moments giving advice, telling jokes, and singing his granddaughter their song.

John was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 16, 1944. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1966, went on to the University of Michigan Medical School, then completed his Neurology residency at the University of Colorado, Denver in 1975. He began his career serving as a neurologist and Lieutenant Commander at the US Navy Hospital in San Diego. He then spent four years in multiple sclerosis research at the world-renowned Scripps Research Center in La Jolla, California. In 1981, he chose to move to Tacoma, Washington and spent the next 40 years as a dedicated physician, neurologist, and MS researcher, leaving behind a legacy of community research and practice, and significant scientific contributions to MS medications and treatments.

John is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Sandra Reilley, daughters Sarah Saffer (Chris) and Laura Huddlestone (Margaret), granddaughter Elizabeth Saffer, brother Paul Dugliss (Sandra), father Malcolm Dugliss, sister-in law Gwen Dugliss, and nephew Phillip Dugliss. He was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Dugliss and brother William Dugliss.
John cared deeply for the community that he served. He applied his dedication and passion for excellence to everything he did in life. He was an avid tennis player, a loving husband, father and grandfather; a great friend; a mentor; and a mathematician. He started the family tradition of making his grandmother's ravioli at the holidays, which was shared with friends throughout the year. Oh, and what a comedian (he wanted a simple obituary--"Huddlestone dead, Porsche for sale!"). He was a man who prioritized those he cared for and lived his life to its fullest. His legacy will be felt for years to come by all those who knew him.

At John’s request, no service will be held. In celebration of his life, please consider a donation to either the MultiCare MS Research Fund or MultiCare Cancer Care Fund.

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