1927 – 2010
Florian David (FD) Houston passed away August 9th at the age of 82. He was born August 11, 1927 in Las Vegas, NV to David Edward and Nelda (Waite) Houston. The oldest of four children including: Ronald Houston (deceased), Sherry Hafen and Larvin Houston.
FD graduated from Virgin Valley High School and seminary in 1945 where he played football and lettered all four years. After high school he entered the Navy and served on the USS Astoria until the end of WWII and was released from active duty in August 1946.
After his discharge from the Navy he attended Utah State College where he supported himself as a fry cook. After attending college, he returned to Mesquite to work as a history teacher and coach at Virgin Valley High School. This is also the time when he rekindled his relationship with his high school sweetheart Betty Arlene (McKnight) Houston. They were married on April 30, 1948. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George temple on July 11, 1964. Together for 62 years they had five children: David Clark & Judy (Peterson) Houston, Debra Kay Houston (deceased), Lisa Michelle & Robert McIntyre, Pamela & George Browne and Darrin Florian & Yvonne (Steedon) Houston. They have 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
As a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he served in numerous callings including: Elders quorum president, ward mission leader, high priest group leader, bishopric and temple ordnance worker at the St. George temple for 12 years.
FD was a successful entrepreneur owning several businesses in Las Vegas and St. George. After retiring from these businesses he quickly began his second career and was instrumental in the planning and development of Summit Mountain in Utah. He also served on the Beaver Dam volunteer fire department board of directors. His passions were his family, church and work where he devoted much of his time, talents and energy.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Littlefield Chapel. The viewing will be held on Friday, August 13th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and August 14th from 9:30 – 11:00 am at the Littlefield Chapel.
We had several tender mercies from the Lord on the day my dad passed away. My dad's heart quit working in the emergency room, they shocked his heart and brought him back and then put him on dialysis. Dad said to the doctor he was having a heck of a time getting to his 83rd birthday (he was short 2 days). This gave my siblings and I all time to get to St. George and be with him. When we arrived at the hospital he had been on dialysis for 2 hours. His potassium was 7.5 the normal is 2. This is what caused his heart to stop. The dialysis pulled the potassium out of his blood.