HOUTON, Daniel J. Of Dorchester, died December 10, 2020.
Loving father of Mariah G. and her husband Russ Blaine of Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Devoted grandfather of John "Jack" and Ryan Blaine.
Longtime foster father of Dr. Hong Duong of California.
Son of the late Daniel and Mary (Toland) Houton of Donegal, Ireland.
Loving brother of John Houton and his wife Dr. Ellen Kanter of Buzzards Bay; Thomas Houton and his wife Donna of Beverly; Catherine and her husband Dr. Joseph Benedict of Mystic, CT; Roseleen and her late husband George Pyne of Milford; the late Anna and her late husband Val McGann; the late Charles Houton, and the late Patricia Houton.
Formerly married to Kathleen Kilgore, of Naples, FL.
Longtime companion of Angela Durkin of Quincy.
Survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Dan was an avid runner, having competed in track at both Boston College High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1961. He served six years in the Navy, bravely commanding a 180-man Swift Boat division during the height of the Vietnam War. Upon return to civilian life, he enrolled in University College, Dublin, Ireland prior to completing his master's degree in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. In 1970, his sense of moral duty led to a Congressional run as a 9th District Independent after which he worked as a contract negotiator for the next 25 years at Hanscom Air Force Base and Honeywell. After retiring in 1995, Dan volunteered many years as a reading tutor at the Marshall School in Dorchester. Never losing his interest in politics, Dan also supported numerous campaigns over the years for candidates including John Kerry, John McCain, and Robert Reich. Dan was known and loved by friends and family for his generosity, compassion, sense of humor, and gentle nature.
Due to the current health situation, funeral services will be held at a later date to be announced, including burial with Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
To honor Dan's memory, donations may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans at www.nechv.org.