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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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24 Condolences

  1. Keith & Stroven on December 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Mark was always so kind and helpful to all the kids. He had so many kind words for the kids in metal shop and coaching, He was straight up to them. Our hearts go out to you all in your loss. May God be with you all

  2. Melissa (Scheel) Smith on December 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    My deepest sympathy to his family…he was a role model who set the bar high, and inspired students to want to surpass his expectations. He is remembered fondly and will be missed. Thank you, Mr. Houston!

  3. Rich & Pam Cosens on December 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Dear Mary & family,
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you. Mark was one of a kind. He would do anything to make someone else’s life better. God bless all of you.

  4. Kirsten Beattie & family on December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers go to the Houston family. Coach was so much more than a teacher/coach to my family. I was blessed to have him as teacher/coach in holton and then my boys in Fremont. He was a mentor/father figure to us as well. Hes one of those that made such an impact that he will never be forgotten, and others will strive to be like him. Deepest sympathies

  5. Richard & Martha Kallenbach on December 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Dear Mary and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Marks passing. He was a wonderful man. Many a dinner was spent with Alex telling us what Mr. Houston had said, done or taught him during his high school years. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, The Kallenbachs

  6. Roger and Cathy Norris on December 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Mary and family
    So sorry to hear about Mark. He will be missed by the wrestling and football communities. We always felt he was doing this as much for the kids as for himself. We will be praying for all of you in the days and weeks to come.

  7. Janice Cook Danielson on December 6, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Mary, Katie, Alex and Mac, I am so sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends and the sharing of memories sustain you in the days and weeks to come. Love and prayers. Janice

  8. Tammisha Morris on December 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Sending my prayers and condolences.

  9. The Meeuwenberg's on December 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Our prayers are with you all. He was a great teacher and role model for many students. He will be missed.

  10. Michelle Wildfong Hekkema on December 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. He was my teacher at Holton High. We all enjoyed his class, and he was always light hearted and joking. He was a great teacher and will be missed. sending Prayers for your family

  11. Nancy Buchanan on December 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Mark was my brother-in-law. He was a great friend and fishing buddy of my husband, Bill. My kids loved Uncle Mark, all six of them. One thing I will always treasure is that Mark and I would grill together when I came to visit, he was an awesome cook. He always told me I was his favorite, not sure about that. Mark made a huge impact on a lot of people and students in the area. I will miss him so very much. My heart goes out to his family. Love you Mark!

  12. Laurel Schneider Shugars on December 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Mark for many years at Holton Middle & High School. He was often a sounding board for me and I always appreciated his honesty and steadfastness. I also know that he had a deep love and respect for you, Mary. He thought he was very lucky that you chose him. I am so sorry for your loss.

  13. Dave on December 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    So sorry for loss to the Houston Family. Prayers sent our way. I went to Eisenhower with Mark, he was a great guy.

  14. Robb A Hoiseth on December 7, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time!

  15. Jill Dore on December 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I am so sorry about your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Love your old bus driver friend.

  16. Kitty Rynberg Smith on December 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Mary, Katie, Alex& Mac, so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Mark at FHS & then seeing him on the campus of MCC. He will be missed by many. You all have been in my thoughts n prayers.

  17. Dawn Finch on December 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always loved working with Mark at FHS. He will be missed by many.

  18. Diane on December 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Words cannor express my sorrow at Mark’s passing and the pain of his loss for such a loving family.

  19. Susan Howe-Sprank on December 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to his family. Mark was and will always be remembered as my most favorite teacher. Shortly after my father passed we moved to Holton and went to the high school. Mark would always asked if i was related to Gordie Howe. Mark could always tell when i was having a hard time dealing with my fathers death and always offered an ear to listen to me. He will be missed dearly.

  20. Jeff Altermatt on December 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    To Marks Mom/Mrs. Houston, Rob & Mary,
    My heart felt condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear of Marks passing. Forever well hold the memories and good times of Mark working on the Altermatt Farm as a high school student. Your family will continue to be in our thoughts.

  21. 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 .

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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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