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Don W. Houghton, O.D. – August 31, 2017

Don W. Houghton, O.D., 71, of Amarillo passed Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Dr. Houghton was born March 11, 1946, in Amarillo to Waldo E. Houghton, O.D., and Inez Houghton Henslee.  He was a lifelong resident and practicing optometrist in Amarillo for 46 years; he was passionate and fully committed to his patients and community alike. Providing the best possible care to all who walked through his doors cultivated a great sense of pride that resonated throughout his entire life.
“We always said it was fun to spoil each other,” said Mrs. Houghton. He married the love of his life, and was faithfully devoted to his wife Becky for 34 years. Although the two found romance underneath the sailing booms while island hopping in the Caribbean, his greatest adventure was raising three spunky kids who adored him. Dr. Houghton is survived by Drew Houghton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Shanon Houghton Cox of Austin, Tex.; and Gentrye Houghton and husband, Ryan Kenney, of Redstone, Colo.; his only living sibling, Linda Houghton Doudney and husband, Wayne, of Mustang, Okla., and their two children, Andrew Doudney and Ashley Wetzel, both residing in Mustang.
He was a ’64 graduate of Amarillo High School, and earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston in 1971. Houghton believed in academic pursuits in order to best care for his patients, and later earned a certification in Therapeutic Optometry as well as becoming a Glaucoma Specialist through the U. of H.
He was an active member of the Polk Street United Methodist Church and Amarillo Area Corvette Club; he served as past president of AMBUCS, Panhandle Optometric Society, the Corvette club, and was a former Deacon for the First Christian Church of Amarillo.  Dr. Houghton is well known for his love of fast cars and enjoyed sailing, golfing, hunting, fly-fishing, and playing guitar.
Relationships were of the upmost important to him; for those who knew him, you couldn’t help but love him. Mere words cannot express the mutual love Dr. Houghton shared with his family.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Burt Palmer officiating.  Preparations are being handled by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests his memory be honored with donations to Snack Pak 4 Kids and PSUMC’s Nehemiah Project.


  • Lynn Hensley Sullivan Posted September 6, 2017 12:28 pm

    Dear Becky and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve and celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Sending love and prayers.

  • Darlene Campbell Chesshir Posted September 6, 2017 7:26 pm

    When I was in AHS I worked for Dr. Houghton’s dad. , Dr Houghton in the summer months for several years .i am a patient of Dr. Don and he prayers and I’m so very sorry for your loss.has the same kindness and sweetness and reminds me a lot of his Dad. I’m 83 now so I have known him a long time,

  • Kay Crandall Posted September 7, 2017 9:50 am

    I was a patient of Dr. Houghton. He truly, truly cared about my eyes. He treated me kindly, and always made me believe I was worthy of his time. He was the perfect example of a “great doctor”.

  • Linda Davis Autry Posted September 7, 2017 12:18 pm

    Becky, remembering those precious times spent with you, Don, Drew, Shanny & Gentrye. We will miss our friend, Don, and will always be grateful to have those memories. May your family receive peace beyond your understanding from our Lord. Our love, Dave and Linda Autry

  • Kay Paine Posted September 7, 2017 12:52 pm

    I was a patient of Dr. Houghton for more than 25 years and I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was a caring and most competent man. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Holman and family Posted September 7, 2017 6:02 pm

    Dr. Houghton was very loved by our family! He helped our daughter Tina when she was in nursing school and learning about her eyes. He always took his time with us at every visit and knew us all by name. We were so saddened to hear he was gone, but we know he is in Heaven and that gives us comfort. He always talked about his family and we knew how much he loved them all. We pray for your familie’s comfort and peace at this time. Respectfully yours, The Holman Family

  • Jerry and Barbara Nichols Posted September 7, 2017 7:40 pm

    Dear Becky and family. Jerry and I were devastated and grieved to hear of your great loss. We both held Don in the greatest affection and respect. We feel very fortunate to have known Don. Love to you and your dear family.

  • Jerry and Barbara Nichols Posted September 7, 2017 7:42 pm

    Dear Becky and family. We are so sad for your loss. We loved Don dearly. Jerry and Barbara

  • Darlene & Garry Swindell Posted September 7, 2017 9:06 pm

    Don was a GIFT to us.Don had the most amazing way of making you feel important,every time you saw him. When he talked to you, he had this way of listening, unlike anyone else. You felt that what you were saying, no matter how insignificant, was important to him. His kindness, wit and humor were unmatched. Don had a peace in his spirit that showed in his actions and the way he lived his life. He truly loved God, his family, his friends,his job, his corvettes and ice cream. Don, if you were a flavor of ice cream, you would be our favorite one. We love you dear friend, you will be missed so much. Darlene & Garry Swindell

  • Kathy Birkenfeld Posted September 8, 2017 10:49 am

    Dr Houghton has been my eye doctor since I was 16, so he treated me the 46 years of his practice. He was a second father to me and was truly committed to helping me through my health issues. I am heartbroken that he is not here but know he is in heaven looking down on us all

  • Donna Altman Posted September 8, 2017 12:13 pm

    Dear Houghton family, I am so deeply saddened by the passing of Don.. I have known him many, many years as a matter of fact was Drew’s babysitter long before his sister arrived.. I so enjoyed the lifelong friendship I had with Don.. He always made me feel so blessed with his warmth. He was just a great gift. Donna Wilson Altman

  • Gwen Stafford-Neal Posted September 8, 2017 4:52 pm

    I absolutely adored Dr. Houghton. We had many good laughs and shared memories at both Curry Eye Institution and Woflin Vision Clinic. He had a sweet, kind spirit and was willing to do anything for his patient’s and his employees. He has left an irreplaceable mark and a unforgettable impact on many. Bless the Houghton family at this time of loss. May GOD lift their sprits in a time of need.

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