Roy Lester Van Houten 1917 ~ 2010

Roy Lester Van Houten died on Tuesday, August 24, in Salt Lake City at the University Hospital. He was born on October 8, 1917 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Malvern S. Van Houten and Edith L. Campbell Van Houten. Prior to World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a naval pilot. He married his wife of 68 years, Arba Smith Van Houten, on November 20, 1941. After the war broke out, he served as an Army flight instructor. Following the war, he ran the Idaho Falls Airport and his own charter flight company, but left that business to pursue opportunities in an automobile dealership in Gooding, Idaho. Eventually he returned to live in Salt Lake City where he earned a Master's Degree in Human Resources and worked at the Utah State Prison for 17 years. He led an active, vigorous life as an avid golfer and skier. He enjoyed playing cards and loved to travel. He delighted in his family, who will miss his keen sense of humor. Roy is survived by his wife, Arba; his son, Doug (Merylee) Van Houten of Everett, Massachusetts; his daughter Jan Van Houten-Prehn of Mountain View, California; five grandchildren and four great-grand-children. Family services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Primary Children's Hospital.