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Les Houston passed away on December 8, 2017 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Dennis Houston and his wife, Diane; son, Jason Houston; daughter, Holly Houston; two grandchildren, Joshua Duvall-Houston and Shane Houston; brother, Ralph Houston and his wife, Karen; sister-in-law, Sandy Houston; and numerous extended family. Les was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Imogene Houston; sister, Janice Pelphrey; brother, Donald Ray Houston; and recently his favorite dog, Turbo.

Les attended the University of Louisville on a football scholarship and received a Law Degree in 1961. He was a Legal Officer (Captain-Judge Advocate) in the Air Force before moving to New Mexico and practicing law. He served sixteen years in the New Mexico State Senate where he was elected as President Pro Tem, Senate Minority Leader (Republican) and Senate Majority Floor Leader while a member of the minority party. After leaving the State Senate, he was a Lobbyist and served eight years as a Bernalillo County Commissioner.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Les' name to the National Federation of the Blind, P.M.B. 867, 6800 West Gate Blvd., Ste 132, Austin, TX 78745. Please visit our online guestbook for Les at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 12, 2017
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