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Donald Gene Houston

September 1, 1964 — February 28, 2015

Donald G. Houston, age 50, of La Grande, died February 28, 2015 at his home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 7th Street in La Grande. A potluck will follow at the American Legion.

Donald was born on September 1, 1964 in La Grande to Delbert and Marie (Potts) Houston. He attended schools in La Grande. In high school he played football and was on the wresting team. He graduated from La Grande High school with the class of 1982 After graduation he went to EOU for a time before working at Klondike Pizza then cooked at Denny's then went to Alaska to work on a fishing boat. When he returned to La Grande he worked at the mill in North Powder and Boise Cascade and the mill in Elgin. On August 28, 1993 he married Karen Sidel. She preceded him in death on October 28, 2005. On December 22, 2013 he married Kendra Appleton. He enjoyed playing darts and pool and was a talented wood worker.

Survivors include his wife, Kendra Houston; mother, Marie Houston; sisters, Arlene Houston and Sharon McCollum, all of La Grande; step children, Samantha Houston, Benjamin Sidel Houston, Daylon Appleton and Alyssa Appleton; granddaughter, Trenity Houston; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, an infant brother, and brother Leo Houston in 2011.

Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation for cancer treatment.

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