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HOUSTON LAWRENCE HAYNES The life of Houston Lawrence Haynes began on August 13, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the only child born to Mary Lee Burton and the late Lawrence Haynes. Houston grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and attended East St. Louis High School. While excelling in athletics, some of his notable accomplishments include the 18 year undefeated Shot Put Record, an Honorary Mention Outstanding Football Player, Illinois State Wrestling Championship and All Conference Football Award. He accepted a football scholarship to attend Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. In 1990, Houston was inducted into the Illinois Clyde C. Jordan Hall of Fame. Houston stated that "athletic programs molded his character and served as a vehicle for his higher education." In 1974, Houston graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Education and obtained a Master of Education degree in 1979. He began his teaching and coaching careers at Wichita Heights High School, teaching U.S. History, coaching football, and serving as Head Baseball Coach. Houston moved to California in 1987 and married his soul mate, Deborah Ann Kimbrough. He continued his teaching and coaching careers with the Compton, Los Angeles and Lake Elsinore Unified School Districts from 1987-2007. In 1991, he was appointed the first Head Football Coach for the Temescal Canyon Senior High School in Lake Elsinore, California. Houston was most proud of his four children and his five grandchildren. Houston will be remembered by his family and friends for his trustworthy, loyal, caring, loving, competitive and independent spirit and for his love of football, children, music, travel and shopping. Houston expired Friday, November 23, 2012. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Deborah; mother; 2 sons; 2 daughters; and 5 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send all donations payable to UC Regents. The memo line should read "In memory of Houston Haynes and the UCLA Liver Transplant Program." Mail to: UCLA Health Sciences Dept., Attn: Kathleen Lago, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1784
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 30, 2012
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