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John Arthur Huston

The Reverend Canon John Arthur Huston, died on January 27, age 89. A beloved member of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, John devoted his work and his life to social justice and peace causes locally, nationally, and internationally, working tirelessly for refugees from Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War, sanctuary seekers from Central America, and refugees and displaced people in Eastern Europe, Africa, and in the Middle East, particularly Palestine. In addition, John introduced hospice care to Seattle, bringing English creators of this innovative care of the dying to audiences he created here. Appropriately, hospice helped to make the last eight days of his life comfortable. John had a gift for recognizing a community need and bringing people together to lessen or eliminate it. The institutions he served locally included the United Inner City Development Foundation, and the first statewide Refugee Resettlement Program, which he created with the WA Association of Churches. Nationally, he was a field officer for Refugee Affairs of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (N.Y.C). He chaired the board of directors, Indochina Refugee Action Center, in Washington, D.C. John's particular focus was on the refugee, the displaced, and the asylum seeker. Though born January 15, 1924, in San Antonio, TX, he was a Seattleite all his life because his father, Simeon Arthur Huston, became Bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Olympia in 1925 (serving until 1947). He was graduated from Broadway High School, 1942; nearly one third of his class were Asian American, many of whose families were placed in internment camps, an act that motivated John to fight for social justice causes for the rest of his life. John studied at the UW, spent a story-rich summer as a fire lookout on Burch Mt., north of Winthrop, and was drafted into the US Army Marine Ship repair corp. in the South Pacific. He later received a BA from the University of Michigan, married Barbara Bloxom of Yakima in 1953 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA, in 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1957, and served at Epiphany, St. David's and St. Thomas Episcopal churches and St. Mark's Cathedral. John loved helping others. His grace, humor, love, and ability to tell you the best way to navigate through Seattle while pointing out historic landmarks and events, will be missed by all who knew him. John is survived by his wife, Barbara, their daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Regis Le Lion, of Le Temple de Bretagne, France, and their children, Eric, Kevin, and Jessica; son and daughter-in-law, John and Barbara Huston Jr., of North Oaks, MN, and their children Jeffrey (Sovady, and John's great-grandchild, Olivia!), Matthew (Andrea), and Angela; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Sherry Smith, of Seattle, and their children, Samuel and Sally; nieces and nephews, Dee Cragin (Hanich), Lou Cragin, Herb, David and Thomas Huston, Patti Huston (Thorpe) , Kathy Huston (Grant); and dog (Miss Lucy). John is predeceased by his sisters, Dorothea and Ann Huston (Snow), brother, Wilber, and nephew, James Huston. Memorial Service 2 PM, February 9, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle. Contributions in his memory to Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102-4398.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2013
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