Joseph Huddart came to Broomfield from Brush, Colo. With $10 in his pocket. In 1924 he purchased the Broomfield Lumber Company, which he operated until 1980 with his good friend and next-door neighbor Glen Mosher. Local farmers knew him for his generosity; he let them postpone their payments to him after their crops were harvested.

He and his wife, Lillian, were active in the Methodist Church and community affairs, lending support to the Bal Swan Children’s Center, the Cleo Wallace Center, the Broomfield Ambulance Center and the Boy Scouts. Through his business and community endeavors, Joseph John Huddart helped Broomfield grow from a settlement of less than 100 to a city of 20,000.