Michael C. Houghton

March 28, 1941July 12, 2021
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Michael C. Houghton, 80, of East Orleans, went on to ride the eternal wave on July 12, 2021. Michael was born to Frances & Gerald Houghton on March 28, 1941 in Woburn, MA. Mike loved sports growing up and spent the summers at Coast Guard Beach near his family’s house in Eastham, Cape Cod. After graduating college at the University of Bridgeport, and continuing his education at Boston University, Mike became a PE teacher and the varsity hockey & football coach at Winchester High. He met his beloved wife, Carol Houghton, who was the teaching assistant to Mike’s mother at the time, and they married in Winchester, Ma 1967.

The same year he officially opened Jasper’s Surf Shop in Eastham, MA, with it’s notorious sand floor, importing longboards from California. Over the next 40 years, Mike helped bring the surf culture to the Cape. He loved checking the waves in the morning for the surf report and holding shop talk with the local surfers. With the help of his friends, Mike started the Oldtimers Surfing Contest in 1967, which continues today and loved playing softball with the Oldtimers League every Monday night. Summers he spent outfitting the Lifeguards of the National Parks across the country and local towns in Birdwell Beach Britches, uniforms & custom tees.

In 1984, after 16 years of coaching and teaching Mike and Carol decided they wanted to be near the beach and they relocated their young family to Cape Cod where they built a house in Orleans, MA. Mike continued coaching hockey at Cape Tech and went on to open Kaleidoscope Imprints with his partners, in West Yarmouth in 1988.

Mike’s greatest joys were his family & friends, coaching, sports, crazy cars, going to the beach, telling funny stories and making friends with anyone who he encountered. Almost every morning was spent walking the shore near his home before the neighborhood was awake. He will be remembered for his sharp wit, sense of humor and generosity.

Mike was the brother of the late Pamela Houghton Nobili. Mike is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol, and his two daughters, Emily and Jennifer, her husband Steve Penn, their children and his beloved nephews Conrad Nobili and Nick Nobili, his wife Moira, their children and countless friends.

Visiting Hours will be held Tuesday July 20, 2021, 5 - 7pm at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA 02653. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lower Cape Outreach Council of Cape Cod and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cape Cod. For online condolences please visit


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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021


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Francis Mita

July 25, 2021

To Houghton Family
My sincere condolences
I remember Michael at Jaspers over 30 years ago
I used to hang there with my 2 very young sons
Michael was always hospitable and kind to the kids
He was drinking Oil Cans(Fosters) back then
Also the Old Timers on the beach in late summer(Long Boards)
Kegs on the beach!!!!
Life is good to us !!!!
Good memories
GOOD GUY!!!!!!
Francis Mita
Oxford Mass
North Truro Mass

Sue Hibbens

July 21, 2021

Such an outpouring of love and respect last night. Rest easy Mike, it appears you have left things in good hands. Your sincere concern and affection for everyone you met is returning amazing dividends. You were a good man.

Andy Gere

July 20, 2021

In 1983 I spent my first full summer in Eastham, and my first stop when I arrived on the Cape was Jasper’s Surf Shop. I had stumbled onto the Old Timers Contest the summer before, and I was fully determined to become a surfer. Mike took me under his wing, set me up with a battered surfboard and some basic advice, and welcomed me into the tribe. In that summer and the many that followed, I spent many hours with my feet in the sand inside Jasper’s, soaking up wisdom, story and surf lore from Mike. He always had a joke, a surf report and some good natured ribbing, and I owe my life-long love of surfing and the ocean to him. This has been passed on to my family through the Oldtimers contests over the years, which to me have always been a reunion of old friends and kindred spirits, held together over the years by Mike’s generosity and warmth. Mike will be missed dearly by all who were lucky enough to know him, but his spirit will live on in the waves.

John Donohue

July 20, 2021

I coached and taught with Mike for many years.
His dedication and sense of humor was appreciated by all who knew him.
Deepest sympathy to the family

Bob and Michelle Stewart

July 19, 2021

Michelle and I are heartbroken to learn of Mike’s passing. As much as it hurts to know that we will not be able to hang out again, we are grateful that we got to know Mike and meet his family. We will forever cherish the times that we were able to hang out and share stories such as the “rain” coming off the ceiling at the Cape Cod Coliseum at the end of a concert and when he bought a new BMW. He and Carol realized they had no idea how to turn the car off on the drive back from the dealership, resulting in them driving all the way home. One of our favorite memories is the passion we shared for playing with the trains at Snows. Each year when we visited the Cape for our surf trek, we always looked forward to our visits with Mike and Carol. Mike, you will be missed. You always showed up with a smile on your face, a laugh, and a giving heart. We will miss you dearly.

steve powers

July 19, 2021

carol-sue and i have not seen you and mike for a while i missed seeing him when we where in eastham i miss the old days of jaspers on rte 6 opposite eddies superette mike was a great guy and friend did alot for his cape cod community and excellent family man and friend of mine for 60 years being class of 1959 i will try and get down but if not i will remember mike in our prayers we also go back to freshman hockey at whs and i also remember his mother as a real nice person hope you are well steve powers

JR Mell

July 19, 2021

Our entire Big Brothers Big Sisters family was saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Since the inception of our mission in 1974, Mike and the Oldtimers were supporters and advocates of our mission. Because of Mike's leadership and generosity, thousands of Cape Cod youth had a brighter future through an additional positive adult in their corner. Mike, on behalf of our entire agency and the kids we serve--thank you.

JR Mell
Regional Director BBBSCCI

Peter Graham

July 18, 2021

Members of the Houghton family, I am saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. Mike was an excellent hockey goalie and outstanding teammate. More importantly, he was a wonderful classmate.

Please know Mike and the entire Houghton family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult period.

Peter Graham WHS ‘59

Columbia, South Carolina


July 17, 2021

Mike -

You will be missed.

May all your waves be hollow and wind offshore.

Surf on....