GARDENDALE, Texas (Nexstar) – A young couple is being remembered across West Texas.
27-year-old Colten Huckaby and 22-year-old Maicie Oliver were driving together last Sunday on Highway 158. An oncoming pickup truck crossed over and hit them. Both were killed.
Colten’s friends say Maicie and Colten had just started dating.
“You just couldn’t find hearts like his, man,” said Tyler, Colten’s friend. “They don’t make hearts like that anymore.”
While the days since haven’t been the same, Colten’s friends say they want to give West Texas a glimpse of what their lifelong friend was like.
When they were together, it was a simple question: ‘What are we going to do today, boys?’
In Colten’s book – everything.
“We get in the same vehicle, cruise around,” said Tyler.
“Going to rodeos, going to car shows…” said Jacob, Colten’s friend. “Doing something. Roping dummies. We built a porch one weekend.”
It would be Colten’s friends who built him this memorial on Highway 158.
Colten’s best friend, Kody Sellars, says they bonded over the simplest thing.
“Cruising around with the windows down, singing songs, smoking cigarettes,” said Kody.
“He was a really good singer,” said Tyler.
“Yeah, he loved singing,” said Jacob. “He loved music.”
But there was something and someone Colten loved much more. His son, Cannin, from a previous relationship.
“He really loved his family too,” said Kody.
“You want to talk about a kid who really loved his dad. Colten hung the moon and never stopped holding it up there,” said Jacob.
Tyler said he even offered Colten a job on the wind turbines with him. But, Colten turned it down.
“That’s just how he was,” Tyler said. “There was no way you were going to separate him from his boy. No way.”
When it came to his relationship with Maicie, it was pretty clear.
“The smile on his face said it all. I’ve never seen him that happy and I’m glad he finally found that happiness,” said Kody.
Now, Colten’s friends say they want him to know one thing: that he is loved and is so dearly missed.
“I want people to know he was loved,” Tyler said. “Colten was loved. He was loved until the day he passed.”
“As the sun sets on another life, the life of Colten, we have to look to the sunrise tomorrow and keep living like he always wanted us to,” said Jacob.
Friends and families of both have posted GoFundMe pages to help with memorial and funeral expenses.