Don Franklin Houser of Raleigh NC passed away February 18, 2015. He was born to Joe Franklin and Helen Blazier Houser in Knoxville, Tenn. August 12, 1941. He graduated from Porter High School in Maryville, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business. Auburn recruited Don with a wrestling scholarship; in turn, he was an SEC Champion (amazingly winning every match he entered with a pin) and was an strong Olympic hopeful. Just before the Nationals, he was hospitalized, discovering that he had type 1 diabetes which at that time ended a sports career. Later, he coached Alabama’s Grissom High School’s wrestling team leading them to the state championship. Recently, Don was inducted into the Blount County sports hall of fame. He loved Auburn football and he and his wife, Lane, whom he met at Auburn, became lifelong avid fans.
Don spent most of his career with NASA and EPA. After retiring from government work, he and his wife launched a successful Home Inspection Business in the Raleigh area and Don enjoyed teaching Home Inspection classes at Wake Tech. Community College.
Don was very creative and an inventor at heart; always busy with projects and sharing his ideas with others. He took great pleasure in nature; caring for pets, backyard birds, ponds, even helping raise a baby squirrel. His personal yard is a Certified Natural Habitat. Don coached soccer on all levels including Cary Senior High School’s JV team. He was on the ground floor of CASL’s development and helped make it the program that it is today.
Most of all, nothing made him happier than being with his children and grand children. He never missed a soccer game, a race, or play that they were in. He lead a rich life that ended way too soon, he still had a lot to do.
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He leaves a wife, Lane D. Houser, of 53 years. Daughter Teresa Lane Bowen of Raleigh and her husband Hal with their two children Audrey and Cole; son Todd Houser of Cary and wife Meredith with their son Zachry; brother Robert Houser and wife Shirley; brother-in-law James Delbridge and his wife Dianne; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Any donations should please be made to the American Diabetes Association. A celebration of Don’s life will be at his daughter’s home on March 7th at 6:00 pm.