OBITUARY

Robert Jack Huston Jr.

February 7, 1972February 26, 2019
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Robert Jack Huston, Jr., known by family as Robbie or RTG, and by friends as Bobby or Reno, passed away February 26, 2019. Robert was born February 7, 1972 in Austin, Texas He is survived by: Dad, Robert (Bobby) Huston, Sr. & wife Marilynn of League City. Mom, Rebecca (Becky) Fortin & husband Tom of Austin Sister, Carolyn Nicole (Niki) & husband Kasra (Kaz) Fardoost & niece Madison Miller of Scottsdale, Arizona Wife, Amanda Flanagan Huston and daughter Harper Ray of Houston And many beloved step siblings, cousins, friends.

His mom Becky, was his first love. She taught him the love of travel, kindness, and humor and Shakespeare. She was a mainstay of support during times of challenge and times of light hearted games of scrabble. And lets not forget the game of “golf” a favorite pastime for both mom and son. His sister Niki, the first woman in his life that taught him about the definition of “agitator” but taught him more about the definition of “protector” and what a sister is and what a sister means to a brother. When his niece Madison came along, Robert quickly learned about true pure love. Madison could do no wrong and was the poster board of perfection. Little did he know that as a teenager she be the one that would offer the “perfect” name for his own true love, daughter Harper Ray.

His dad Bobby, taught him the love of sports, and sportsmanship. How to compete and be a gracious winner. The true love of baseball and encouraged him in all those efforts. Taught him the value of humor and respect. Bobby was a friend in all ways that friend is supposed to be. Bobby never faltered in his love and support of his son.

His step dad Tom helped to guide him in ways of respect and responsibility. Tom taught him about quiet strength. The kind that only comes from deep respect of self and others.

His step mom Marilynn taught him the value of kindness and encouraged him in the steadfast love of the Lord.

These are only some of the examples of how important family was to Robert.

Robert was an avid history buff and could and would spend hours talking about details of the civil war, & early American history. His knowledge and interest in all things historical was truly savant. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Texas, and yes his blood was “burnt orange.” He always appreciated that John 8:32 was displayed prominently on the UT Tower as a good reminder for all. Robert was also a member of the Silver Spurs at UT ......an organization that took care of BEVO and provided him with some of his more “memorable” college life experiences. Robert went on to earn his MBA from the Jones School of Business at Rice University, a feat of which he was very proud. Rice would also provide “date night activities” for he and Amanda to attend Rice baseball games and of course enjoy (another passion) “ballpark hotdogs.”

Baseball was his passion followed by college football as a close second. He would begin preparing for the football season in July when the college magazines and rankings would hit the “news stand.” Golf was also a major source of entertainment for him. Robert had the opportunity to live in Korea. While he lived in Korea he played on a Little League baseball team that won the Little League World Series.

We know his passion for sports but another passion was any and all documentaries by Ken Burns. His favorite movie was the series North vs South.

Several years ago (10 years in October) Robert considered himself blessed when he met his future wife Amanda. She very quickly became his best friend, confidant as well as the love of his life.

Amanda and Robert married in June of 2015. The June date was chosen as to not interfere with college football in the fall. They set up a home in the Heights here in Houston and settled in to married life.

All other passions faded 26 months ago when perfection arrived, Harper Ray. This precious baby girl was indeed the light of his life. Reading to her was now his new “Passion.” The games of chase, hide and seek, swimming in the pool, Halloween trick or treat are just a few of the pleasures he enjoyed with his baby girl. He was looking forward to sharing his love of history, baseball, and college football. The past two years you could find Harper dressed in burnt orange and sitting in Robert’s lap on college football opening game day. He would explain, very carefully, the plays of the game, the “bad”calls. He would help her hold her chubby little fingers for the UT sign and teach her to say “hook’em horns.”

Harper will know her Daddy. The stories of her Dad will live on. His love for her will continue to surround her. She has her very own personal guardian angel that will guide and protect her.

Because Robert was taught about the Lord, compassion, respect, friendship, fun, and family these are also the things that Harper will be taught. As those of us here will remember the most about Robert, and because of Harper’s age....We would like to encourage each of you to write a story or something that stood out to you about Robert. We would like to put these things together in a book for Harper. It is up to all of us to teach Harper about her “daddy.”

  • FAMILY

  • Amanda Huston, Wife
  • Harper Ray Huston, Daughter
  • Rebecca "Becky" Fortin and her husband Tom, Mother
  • Robert "Bobby" J. Huston, Sr. and his wife Marilynn, Father
  • Carolyn Nicole "Niki" Fardoost and her husband Kaz, Sister
  • Madison Miller, Niece
  • Several beloved step siblings, cousins and friends

Services

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Tuesday, March 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert Jack Huston Jr.

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Dean Armstrong

March 3, 2019

Harper, Your father moved to California in the late 1990’s and we immediately become the best of friends. As a matter of fact, he was such a good guy that he become friends with many of my friends that I had met when I was as young as you! When your dad decided to go to Rice for his MBA, he left CA which was hard for me considering how close we had become. That said, we never lost touch and remained so close that I was honored to have him as my Best Man when I married my wife, Sarah in Hawaii. Sarah loved Robert as much as I did. So much in fact that he even spent the night in our hotel room on the couch on the second night of our honeymoon after his flight was cancelled.
I still remember the day your dad called me to tell me that he had met a girl that he thought he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. That was your mom! I was honored to be a groomsman in your parents wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony.
Your father and myself enjoyed going to football games together. He was a Texas fan and me a USC fan. I’d even wear a Texas shirt when they weren’t playing each other. Texas and USC announced a series a few years back. We made plans to watch the games together. The first game was in Austin and we went together. The second game was in Los Angeles and we bought tickets the day they went on sale. A week before the game your dad called me that he wasn’t feeling so good and was not going to be able to make it to LA for the game. We had a commitment to watch the game and that’s exactly what we did; on TV right from the couch at your house in Houston. And guess who watched it with us? You did! That was the last time I saw your dad. I am going to miss him a whole lot but am happy that he will no longer be in pain. I talked to your dad a few days before he passed away and he told me how much he loved you and cared for you and wanted you to be ok. You will be and his spirit will live inside of you forever. Love- Dean Armstrong and Family

Niki Fardoost

March 3, 2019

Niki Fardoost

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Kasra fardoost

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Kaz Fardoost

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Niki Fardoost

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Niki Fardoost

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Angela Cuellar

March 2, 2019

Harper - your dad was an exceptional man in every sense of the word. We worked together at PwC. He always had a smile on his face when saying hello to everyone in the office. He loved the Longhorns. He was confident, patient, intelligent and always willing to help. People enjoyed working with him, and people always had positive things to say about him. I know he loves you dearly. Peace and love to you always.

Beverly Marsh

March 1, 2019

Harper, my name is Beverly Marsh, I worked with your dad at BP. Robert was such a sweet friend and loved baseball so much that he and your mom came to see my two sons play coach pitch baseball!
He enjoyed sitting outside, taking in the ball park feel and talked about how, one of these days, his children would be playing sports and he couldn’t wait. You were not born yet but he hoped you would grow to love sports. He was sad there were no frito pies or hotdogs but made the best of it. Very few people I know would spend their Saturday watching kids they didn’t know play coach pitch.
Robert was just that kind of guy, he was friendly, loving and so easy to get along with.

Alan Champagne

March 1, 2019

My name is Alan Champagne and I worked with Robert at Platts. He was a huge fan of UT football, and I was fortunate enough to play football there, so we had great stories back and forth about games, memories and where UT football was headed to next. He also shared his knowledge of the energy markets, and was always there when I needed him. Great laughs, good times and life experiences we commonly shared. I will miss him.

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