A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Riverside, Texas for Dale Houston, 82, of Willis, Texas who died on May 4.
Dale was born May 29, 1935 in Clovis, NM to Forrest A. and Ella S. Houston. The family moved to Denton, Texas and while living in Denton, Dale became a founding member of the Denton Boys Choir which later became the Texas Boys Choir and this led to many years of his life being devoted to music.
He attended North Texas and as a freshman and sang Schaunard in Puccini's "La Boheme." In the early 60's he and his family moved to Andrews where he began a choir program and had award winning choirs and had a number of students who were in the "All State Choir." He left Andrews to go back and get his doctoral degree in education. He then taught at Mississippi State and then came back to Texas and taught one year at a small college in San Marcos and then came to teach at Sam Houston State College. He and his friend, Bryan Baker, started a perpetual care cemetery which ran for many years. Dale got his real estate license and he and his wife, Deborah, owned Houston Realty for a number of years in Huntsville.
While in Huntsville, he and Deborah participated in many Gilbert & Sullivan operattas and when he moved to Trinity started a Gilbert & Sullivan Society which did many productions as well.
Dale was the choir director for the First United Methodist Church in Trinity for a number of years and in the last few years he directed the OK Chorale which was a group of friends to sang for various churches and assisted living facilities.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, his four daughters, Lauri Diamond and husband Tom, Kimberly Harrison, Kelly Houston, and Alison Wright and husband, Chris, along with 16 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 6 special Pomeranians.
Published on May 7, 2018