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Douglas Wayne Houston, Sr.
April 23, 1948 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Douglas Wayne Houston SR, a beloved father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at his Bixby residence. He was 75 years old.
Doug was born on April 23, 1948, in Reedley, California, to Max and Marie (Satterfield) Houston. Growing up as the youngest of three boys, alongside his brothers Hugh and Michael, Doug graduated from Reedley High School in the Class of 1967. Known for his outgoing personality and mischievous adventures, he often found himself in delightful trouble with his brother Hugh, creating cherished memories that would last a lifetime.
One of Doug's favorite pastimes growing up with his brothers was going to the movie theater. Movies, music, and tv shows became a passion he endured throughout his life. He developed a love for CB radios, embracing the technology of his time. After high school, Doug married Mary and relocated to Tulsa for a few years. While in Tulsa, he worked as a delivery driver for a flower shop. Doug and Mary welcomed their daughter Samantha who passed away shortly after birth. Shortly after this tragedy, Doug and Mary moved back to California and welcomed his son Doug, JR in 1973. Doug and Mary divorced after ten years together. In 1981 he married Julie and welcomed daughter Lorie in 1985.
Doug had a flair for making deals, and he embraced the role of a trader, engaging in the buying and selling of automobiles, motorhomes, and various items. Despite the twists and turns of life, Doug always maintained a sense of humor and made family time a priority. Sunday meals were common at his mothers house who he was extremely close to.
Doug held a variety of jobs throughout the years but the one he cherished the most was working for Sadler Office Supply as a delivery driver in which he retired from in 1993. Each day he would set off on his route with his coffee thermos in hand in his Astro van. He enjoyed the connections he had with his job and customers.
After retirement, he moved back to Oklahoma where he embraced the rural lifestyle of Locust Grove playing board games, shooting BB guns, and making home movies.
An avid movie buff, Doug had a particular fondness for old westerns especially ones featuring Clint Eastwood. His favorite music was 60's and old country. Some of his favorite artists were the Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, and Willie Nelson. He religiously watched the news daily and his favorite shows included Adam 12, Emergency, and Wagon train. He had a major sweet tooth for orange juice and rocky road ice cream. It was not uncommon for his daughter to get a call at least once a week to put in an instacart order for oj or ice cream.
Doug is survived by his loving daughter, Lorie Little, and husband, Jon of Broken Arrow, OK devoted son, Douglas Jr., and wife, Shannon of Sanger California; and his five adoring grandchildren, Sara, Emma, Ellie, Johnny, and Cullen. He was preceded in death by his mother Marie and father Max, daughter, Samantha, brothers Hugh and Michael, and his sister, Tulia.
A funeral ceremony to celebrate Doug's life will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, Jan 2, 2024, in the Rivercrest Chapel of Bixby Funeral Service. Interment will follow in Hogan Cemetery of Locust Grove at 2pm.