OBITUARY

Lance "Hopper" Livingston

May 17, 1941April 8, 2019
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Lance Gregory Livingston, 77, of Houston, Texas transitioned peacefully on Monday April 8, 2019 with his son and daughter by his side.

“Hopper”, as friends & family nicknamed him because of his expansive athletic ability at Spring Branch Highschool in Houston, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on May 17, 1941 to parents Betty Lois Guice & Alfred Clyde Levingston. He was a graduate of the University of Houston College of Business, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He worked as D.O.S. at the Fairmont Hotel in various cities and eventually started his own corporate event planning company which he successfully ran with his late wife Patricia Livingston. A CanCare and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church member since 1991, Hopper was a Lifetime Director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Lifetime Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and ALS Association Chapter member since 2011. Just a few of his recognitions include the U of H Distinguished Service Award 2014 - C.T. Bauer College of Business, Sigma Nu Fraternity Hall of Honor Inductee 2017 and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee 2018.

Hopper’s hobbies were going to the horse and dog tracks, loved watching and participating in sports particularly tennis and basketball. He loved to have a good time but mostly enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Dixieland jazz was his music!

Those left to cherish his memory are his son Link Livingston of Houston, TX; daughter Lacy Joy Drissi and husband Tomy Drissi; grandson Jagger E. Drissi and granddaughter Elin James Drissi of Los Angeles; sisters Ann (Levingston) Lopresti and husband Phil Lopresti of Katy, TX, and Elaine (Levingston) Smith and husband Jim Smith of Raleigh NC; mother-in-law Joyce Dougherty; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Passed on: He is now joined in Heaven with his late (love of his life) wife of 36 years Patricia Ann (Dougherty) Livingston.

Memorial Services will be held at Memorial Drive Presbyterian (MDPC), 11612 Memorial drive Houston, TX 77024, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11am-12pm. A reception with refreshments is to follow immediately in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Texas Chapter. (alstexas.org)

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
REMEMBERING

Lance "Hopper" Livingston

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Polly Dahl Smart

April 23, 2019

Grass, thank you for your life long friendship of sixty years! You are in my thoughts today as your life is celebrated among family and friends. It is without a doubt, that your celebration will be filled with love and laughter.
I will remember you as a Shining Star in the Big Texas Sky.
Love Polly

Liz Talley

April 23, 2019

Saddened and shocked as we all were to hear of Lances passing. We worked together for many years in the event business and had the opportunity to provide the music for some really great events. Never ever signed a contract, we knew what to do and he trusted that I would get it done. I learned so much from him about professionalism, event planning, good business in general. He worked long hours and covered every detail to have the perfect event. We became family over the years and I will miss that great smile of his! The world could use a lot more men like Lance Livingston.

Dorothy Dale

April 21, 2019

My children went through school and college with Link. We became great friends with Lance and Pat. What a fun couple. They raised such sweet , respectable children. Lance was the life of the party. We were involved with rodeo together and he loved his Volunteer work. He was loved by so many. He will be missed but he and Pat are now together
Dorothy Dale

Jan Leonard

April 13, 2019

I can't imagine the Fine '59 without Grass and his million dollar smile. My arms are around sister Ann, the family and his many friends.

RONALD HUNTER

April 13, 2019

FIRST KNEW OF THE GRASS YEARS BEFORE WE EVER ACTUALLY MET. HE WAS ON SOME LOCAL CHAN 2 HOUSTON PANEL SHOW . HE STOOD OUT FROM THE REST OF THE 4 MAN PANEL SINCE HE WAS SO GOOD LOOKING AND OUTGOING. HE GOT CONTINUOUS PRAISES FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN PEE WEE/LITTLE LEAGUE FOOTBALL. TIME MARCHES ON AND WE ARE ALL NOW CONSOLIDATED IN THE ALMOST NEW SPRING BRANCH SR HIGH, GRADES 10-12. FROM THAT TIME ON, 1956, GRASS WAS DOING HIS THING IN SPORTS, ESPECIALLY BASKETBALL. HE WAS STILL OUTGOING AND VERY HANDSOME, ALL OF WHICH HE GOT RECOGNIZED BY THE SCHOOL POPULATION AS THE MOST POPULAR AND MOST HANDSOME. NOT TO MENTION, A GOOD STUDENT AND AN OUTSTANDING CHEERLEADER.
THEN COMES GRADUATION AND WE ALL GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS. FOR ME IT WAS TEXAS A&M FOLLOWED BY A CAREER IN THE ARMY. THE LAST TIME I SAW GRASS WAS AT A BBQ JOINT IN HOUSTON. I WAS WITH MY TWIN BROTHER DONALD, AND BEST FRIEND ROBERT MARTIN. WHEN WE ARRIVED THERE WAS GRASS, TOM KENNERLY, PHILLIP ALLEN, AND HOPPER'S SON. A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.
GRASS WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, BUT IT IS PEACEFUL KNOWING HE WILL BE JOINING HIS LOVELY WIFE IN THE GREAT BEYOND OF HEAVEN. DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY.

Carol and Dr. Tom Sawyer

April 13, 2019

Words cannot express our sorrow. We love this man, so full of life and love and joy. His presence and huge personality will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to Link and the family. What a tragic loss and void for us all. He will remain in our hearts and minds and wonderful memories. Always.
Carol and Tom

Adele Ann Lopresti

April 13, 2019

There are so many memories of my special brother, Lance (Grasshopper) that come to mind when I think of him; Missing his loving wife Pat, loved Lacy, Link & grandchildren, Sports in high school and college, jazz and dixieland music, jokes, loved U of H, loved sharing birthdays, active in his church, always dressed well, the rodeo, sausage from Bellville, ice tea, German chocolate cake, nicknamed "Boots" which he was very young, Betty (his mother's) homemade rolls, 57 Chevy convertible, New Orleans/Bourbon Street, horse races, the 50's.

Words cannot express how much I will miss you,

Love, Ann

Jan Ross

April 13, 2019

Words can't describe the sadness I feel for all of Lance's family. He was a vital, a live and wonderful man. It's hard to believe he's gone.

Glenn Johnson

April 13, 2019

Grass, a nice size group of Fine 59ers gathered at Beck's Prime in Memorial Park yesterday to begin planning for our 60th Reunion. Your absence was greatly felt and Janice Johnstone Smailhall lead us in a beautiful prayer in your behalf. Diana and I were railroaded into being the co-chairs of the Reunion. That's what happens when the Class's professional event planner ducks out on us.
I cannot tell you how much you will be missed by me and everyone who knew you. We really had fun together in high school as cheerleaders and you with your beautiful 57 Chevrolet convertible. You know, you were my only friend who was not part of Diana's and my wedding party that came to Corpus Christi to attend our wedding. I have always considered that as a real sign of friendship.
Someone really chose the best picture of you to put in the Dignity Memorial. You handsome devil.
Well, I guess its time to end this message but it won't end my prayers for you and your family members. Tell Pat hello for us , we know you two will be happy to be together again.
Love you big guy,
Glenn

Rene Yeoman

April 12, 2019

Link
Please know you are in my thoughts...savour the memories and the good times...be strong be focused...if you need anything just call....live life to the fullest one day at a time
Sincerely
Rene

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