Monday , December 17, 2012 - 11:37 AM
William J. “Sam” Houston of Sunset celebrated his 80th birthday at a family gathering on Dec. 15.
He was born Dec. 14, 1932, in Denver to Clifford J. and Lula Williams Houston. His sister and her husband are Beverly and Donald Lucas. He resided in North Salt Lake City. After graduating from Davis High School, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Navy and served at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., during the Korean War. He married Marian May Lyman on May 22, 1965, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho Falls Temple.
While attending his senior year at Davis High School, he worked as an aircraft instrument/autopilot mechanic at Hill Air Force Base. He continued working there after having served his tour of duty. He worked at the base for 37 years, retiring as branch supervisor in 1988. He has been involved in community services and was a member of the Sunset Planning Commission for several years. An active member of the LDS Church, he served in many leadership positions, including bishop of the Sunset 1st Ward and first counselor in the Sunset stake presidency.
Some of his interests are making knives, painting pictures, photography, woodworking and working on or building cars. He enjoys repairing things, spending time with his family and watching sports.
His children and spouses are David and Wendi Houston, Amy and Chris Howell, Lyman and Jenna Houston, Ryan Houston, and Kelli and Michael Figgins. He has 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.