James Donald Houston

June 13, 1928January 10, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that his family mourns the loss of Donald Houston who passed away in Calgary, Alberta on the evening of Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Don is survived by children Sandra (Doug), Greg (Laurie), Wendy, Jodi (Art), David, and Dean (Kristyne); grandchildren Meghan (Brooks), Cam (Vinnie), Caitlin (Adam), Alycia and Rebecca; sisters Diane and Lynne; brother Barrie (Nora); and extended family and friends. Don was predeceased by his wife Patricia and grandson Harrison. Don was born in Islay, Alberta, completed his BSc at the University of Alberta and worked for many years as a geophysicist.

Don will be forever remembered for the love he had for his family and his children’s dogs. He coached community soccer and hockey. He had many favorite pastimes including curling, boating, woodcutting, skiing, reading, watching Western movies, and playing Chinese checkers. He especially enjoyed a glass of Crown Royal and spending time at his cabin. Don’s legacy will live on in the hearts of all who loved him, never to be forgotten.

We raise a toast to Don - the man, the myth and the legend.

Thanks to all of the nurses and doctors from Units 61 and 57 at the Foothills Hospital who provided such good care of Don in his final weeks.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s memory to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (


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Foster Van Schaick

January 14, 2021

My condolences to the Houston family, from Foster Van Schaick and family.

Carol Hamilton

January 14, 2021

Hi cousins. I have very fond memories of your dad from my childhood and was sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you and I send my love.