John T. Houston
August 27, 1935 to April 11, 2014
Longtime Boulder Creek resident John T. Houston died peacefully at home on April 11 after a two-and-a-half year battle with colon cancer. He was 78.
Mr. Houston was born and grew up in Beaver Falls, Pa. After graduating from Duke University in 1957, he worked for four years as a Federal Bank Examiner. He then decided to attend American Flyers school in Oklahoma where he obtained the necessary licenses and ratings to apply to commercial airlines.
A lull in hiring pilots led Mr. Houston to Los Angeles where he worked as an accountant for Union Oil for a year. He was then contacted and hired by United Airlines. After completing training in Denver, Mr. Houston was assigned to their San Francisco base and remained there for his entire 32 year career. He flew numerous types of aircraft for United, finishing his final four years flying across the Pacific as a 747-400 captain. He retired in August 1995.
Mr. Houston loved his job and the opportunities it gave him to travel. He also loved to play tennis. After retirement, he was on the courts up to five times a week and played his final match in January.
Mr. Houston was known as a kind and generous man who will be remembered for his ready smile.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Boulder Creek; his son Brent Houston of Oak Park, and his sister, Marjorie McMaster of Monroeville, Pa.
Donations in Mr. Houston's memory may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 or the Sempervirens Club, 419 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022.