William Wells Houghton, Jr., passed away at 2 p.m. Dec. 21, 2016 at home, with his wife, Kay Ann, at his side.Bill, son of William W. Houghton and Donna A. Mickelson, was born in Eureka, UT on June 28, 1934.
He graduated from Brigham Young High School, Provo, UT in 1952 and enlisted in the US Air Force on March 3, 1953. He served 28 honorable years and retired as a CMSGT at Vandenberg AFB in CA. During his military career, he performed in numerous fields including Photography, Aircraft Maintenance, and Electronic Maintenance on the country's ICBM Missile Force.
After the military, Dad went to work for Martin Marietta (which changed to Lockheed Martin) at Vandenberg AFB in September 1980 doing assembly, test and launching of Peacekeeper ICBMs and Titan Booster rockets, putting recon satellites into orbit. He retired from Lockheed Martin on January 31, 1998.
His wife of 45+ years, Mary Sue Nance, preceded him in death after a short battle with cancer on May 31, 2000. Dad later married Kay Ann Bowers on February 17, 2001. Together, Kay Ann and Bill traveled the world and enjoyed their years together. They went on a Church Family History mission in Los Angeles, CA from May 2005-Nov. 2006. His love of family history research was well-known throughout his adult life. Dad also served on the Payson, AZ Military Honor Guard for numerous years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Kay Ann, his four children: Kristianne (Michael) Sides of Los Angeles, CA, William (Brenda) Houghton III of Ocala, FL, John (Debbie) Houghton of Gilbert, AZ and Kathleen (Robert) Hendricks of Orcutt, CA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Bill's funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, AZ with a luncheon following. Grave side services will be Friday, Dec. 30 at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery, Lompoc, CA.