Arthur Cliff Huston (1921 - 2018)

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Arthur Cliff Huston passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 4, 2018, at the age of 96, surrounded by loved ones. Cliff, born in 1921, in Seattle, Wash., spent most of his adult life as a proud Alaskan.
Cliff was a child of the Great Depression and was generous to a fault to those in need. An excellent athlete his entire life, Mr. Huston was a three letterman at Lincoln High School in Seattle; Cliff lettered in baseball, basketball and football, and could kick a football like no other.
Cliff proudly served in the U.S. Navy in the Second World War. Fighting in the Pacific Theater as a Naval Flight Engineer, Mr. Huston was honorably discharged in December 1945. After holding several different jobs in Seattle, Cliff fulfilled a lifelong dream and came north to Alaska in 1951.
A couple years later Cliff met the love of his life, Allie, on a trip back to Seattle. She soon joined him in Alaska, and they were married in 1954. Their first son, Daniel, was born in June 1955, followed by Michael and Stephen. Cliff had the start of his baseball team and couldn't have been more proud of his three sons.
Cliff and Allie were born to be Alaskans and embraced the Alaskan lifestyle. Cliff was a gifted salesman and entrepreneur and, after holding several jobs, decided to start an equipment company. The Hustons borrowed money from Cliff's mother and mortgaged their little house on Dahl Lane to form Totem Equipment and Supply in 1961. Totem was truly Cliff's fourth child and with Allie: they poured their souls into that business. Totem is alive and well today and still owned by the Huston's with the third generation now firmly on board. Thanks to the foresight and leadership of Cliff and Allie Huston, Totem Equipment is still a leading equipment company in Alaska.
Cliff Huston received many honors over the course of a long and productive life. He was always quick to give a helping hand or advice to anyone that asked, even his competitors. Cliff was a solid Christian and attended the First United Methodist Church. He was also very proud to be 32nd-degree Mason and Shriner.
Cliff Huston was one of "The Greatest Generation" and helped build Alaska from its infancy. He saw man walk on the moon and helped fight and win the Second World War. Cliff lived through the '64 Earthquake and helped rebuild the state after that disaster. The oil pipeline and the prosperity that followed made it easier for those that followed, thanks to the foresight of men like Cliff.
Cliff Huston is survived by his wife, Allie; his three sons, Dan, Mike and Steve; and his 10 grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for noon on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 725 West 9th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska.
Arrangements performed by Legacy Funeral Homes Heritage Chapel at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 East Klatt Road, Anchorage, AK 99515.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 14, 2018
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