Marshall W. Houston, 88, of Baytown, Texas, peacefully passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
Marshall was born in Iowa Park, Texas, near Wichita Falls on January 9, 1929 and grew up in Iredell, Texas, in Bosque County. He attended Iredell High, where he played guard on the 6-man Iredell Dragons football team, graduating in 1945. He graduated from Tarleton State Agricultural College in Stephenville, Texas in 1947 and was active in the ROTC program there.
He married his high school sweetheart Ola White on July 4, 1948 in Iredell and they moved to Baytown shortly thereafter. He worked for a vending machine company in the Humble Refinery prior to going to work for the Humble Oil & Refining Company in 1951. He spent most of his career in the research division, retiring in 1986 from Exxon Research & Engineering as a Research Technologist with 35 years of service.
Marshall was passionate about life, family, and his church. He was a local beekeeper and “honey man” for over 50 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Baytown for almost 70 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and traveler, making several extended trips to Alaska with his beloved wife Ola after retirement. Two of his favorite places on earth were the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, fishing for salmon and halibut, and his ranch near Centerville, Texas, hunting for whitetail deer. He enjoyed telling mostly true stories about working the wheat harvest in the Texas panhandle as a young man, elk and antelope hunting in Wyoming and Colorado, and reminiscing about his childhood on the farm.
Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, Lenord and Maggie Houston; wife, Ola Houston and sister, Mildred Pryor.
Marshall is survived by his daughters, Janie Pace and husband, Ronnie, Cathy Foster and husband, Kenneth and Marsha Houston; Son, Larry Houston and wife, Diana; Grandchildren, Elizabeth Jones and husband, Bobby, Melissa Officer and husband, Jim, Robby Pace and wife, Victoria, Kimberly Wootan and husband, Clayton, Cody Foster, Carrie Shelton and husband, Nathan and Alex Houston and his longtime companion, Melissa; great-grandchildren, Dakota Jones, Robby J. Pace, Taylor Wootan and Colton Wootan; sisters, LaRue Saddler and Pat Low and husband, O.L. as well as numerous family and friends.
A special thank you is extended to his nurses and caregivers at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.
Visitation on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 9-10 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, TX. A funeral service will also be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. also at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, TX. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery Baytown, TX.
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Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.