The 33rd annual College Park North 4th of July Parade and Picnic was held this year in honor of longtime neighborhood friend, Doug Houck.
Houck, who with his wife Nancy, had moved to the community in 1973, was instrumental in setting yup the parade and especially the annual softball game.
“This was the first game since it began that Doug didn’t pitch,” said his wife Nancy. But a part of Doug was there in the form of his son, Mark who served up lob pitches in a fashion that would have made his old man proud.
The parade was graced with the presence of Los Alamitos Mayor Shelley Hasselbrink who presented Nancy with a commendation and certificate from the Los Alamitos City Council. Hasselbrink also rode at the front of the parade with Nancy Houck in an convertible driven by Bob Conway.
DOUG HOUCK OBITUARY
Doug was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania in 1935. Upon graduation from Berwick High School in 1953, he enrolled at Penn State University. After completing his freshman year, he enlisted in the Army and served as a medic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He ran for the Schofield Barracks track team and surfed in his free time. He returned to Penn State where he graduated in 1959 with a Business Degree, majoring in Accounting, and joined the audit firm of Price Waterhouse, in New York City. While working on an audit at IBM, he met Nancy, who worked there as a secretary. They married on May 28, 1964, and both transferred jobs to their respective Denver, Colorado offices. Doug joined the Walt Disney Company in 1965, and served as Controller, and later General Manager, for their Celebrity Sports Center in Denver. After four years, Doug transferred to Anaheim, to become the Director of Finance for Disneyland. He subsequently worked at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where he served as Assistant Controller, Assistant Treasurer, and Director of Corporate Management Audit. He retired in 1988 after 25 years of service with Disney. After his retirement, he served as the General Manager of The Vintage Club, in Indian Wells, for several years, and then did royalty consulting and audit work for the NFL, NHL, and MLB for several more years.
Doug loved to exercise and enjoyed any kind of physical activity. As Dave puts it, his trunk looked like a sporting goods store. Doug always made time to be involved with his sons’ baseball teams, either coaching or attending games. Depending on the season, Doug and the boys were either at the school playing football, basketball, baseball, or tennis, or were out golfing, biking, bodysurfing, or skiing. He always had a football with him, ready to play catch, and loved to throw batting practice to his sons and whoever else was hanging around the baseball field.
Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 16 years ago. His body slowly deteriorated as a result of this disease. The last five years were especially difficult, after Doug suffered from a virus that attacked his spine and left him unable to walk, and his body very weak. He wanted Nancy nearby at all times. Nancy cared for him tirelessly, and he never complained about his condition.
Over the years, Doug remained a devoted fan of the Penn State Nittany Lion’s football team. He attended several Rose Bowls and Fiesta Bowls, and taught all of his sons the fight song.
Doug will be remembered as a great father, and for the lessons he taught us through his example. Doug always stressed the importance of good character and humility, and demonstrated this through his actions. It did not matter whether it was another executive at Disney, or a street sweeper at Disneyland, he treated everyone with equal dignity and respect. While working for a client in a poor Caribbean country, he played golf in his free time; he was limited on how much he was allowed to tip, so he would buy a new pair of shoes to wear for each round of golf, and then give that ‘used’ pair of shoes to his grateful caddie. He was a kind, generous, and honest person, and will be greatly missed. We will cherish all of our many fond memories. We love you so much Doug!