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Mark Houston died peacefully at home on December 2, 2017 in Fremont at the age of 61. Mark was born on December 31, 1955 in Detroit to Ralph and Margaret Houston. He graduated from Wayne State University, where he played football and wrestled.

He married Mary Rickman, his high school sweetheart, in 1981. After moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico, he began working for Pueblo Junior High School as a teacher and coach. In 1984 they moved back to Michigan where Mark worked at Holton High School, and before retiring, worked at Fremont High School. Over many years Mark and Mary welcomed three children into their home, as Mark continued to not only be an influence on his own children, but countless others through both his teaching and coaching. His children remember him as a driven and loyal father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and aspirations to their fullest potential, whether he agreed with them or not.

Mark was an accomplished teacher and coach and expected perfection from his students and players. He was a dedicated and fiercely loyal individual who loved the outdoors.

The family would like to thank family, friends, and the Hospice caregivers for their support, care, and dedication.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Ralph. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Katie (Kevin), Alex (Tracey), and Mac (Casey); siblings, Linda (Mike), Barbara (Chris), and Robert (Melissa); and his mother, Margaret.

A celebration of life will take place on December 9, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Houston home. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Fremont Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box B
Fremont, 49412 (Mark Houston Scholarship Fund on the memo line).

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mark’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:
Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Bill & Marlene Eaken on December 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Marks family . Mark will be surely missed by many as he touched many ,many lives. He was a mentor to so many young people,he was such a force in so many students life’s at Holton High ,and also Fremont High . We will miss mark’s stopping by and chatting when he was in our area he will be missed .

  2. Chris on December 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Mark had taught me many lessons, in football, wrestling, and in life. My son often asks me during football season, “dad, what were your favorite memories of playing”? I always have a story with “Coach Houston” in it. The world is definitely not going to be the same without him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers, God bless.

  3. loris e stout on October 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I just learned that Mark passed away last December. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.I was inspired by Mark’s strength and his family’s love and support for him.

  4. Robert Videan on January 28, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend. I shared many a laugh with Mark on a few Canadian fishing excursions Mark had a wealth of knowledge on just about everything! HR was certainly an avid outdoorsman and was passionate about that. But nothing gave him a pep in his step like the opportunity to teach or coach. He and I discussed this often when together. He was always a super guy to me, I am disappointed and sad to hear of his death. God Bless you Mark

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