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Robert "Rand" Houk

February 5, 1948 – May 28, 2024

Robert "Rand" Houk was born February 5, 1948, in Seattle, Washington, to Robert and Bette Houk. After his birth, the family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon, where he attended school. Many lifelong friends were made and continued throughout his lifetime. Rand spent every summer at McKee's Beach on Puget Sound, a special place to be with his grandparents. He and his older brother had many adventures there.

In his early years, he began his rodeo career as a bull rider in the Pacific Northwest traveling throughout the United States, whereafter he moved to Hawaii to recuperate after years of competition on the rodeo circuit. After Hawaii, he moved to California to start his career with Vogt Western Silver. That took him to the next level of opportunities in the Western merchandising world. Rand was highly organized, and his attention to detail was unparalleled. He was a consummate professional, carrying lines for Larry Mahan, Panhandle Slim, Justin, and Lucchese Boots.

Rand worked hard and played hard. He was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting ducks and upland game, elk hunting, fishing in Alaska, and putting oars in the water in his drift boat. He was also a skilled diver, loving to search for abalone in Bodega Bay.

He had an innate gift for bringing people together for parties and anyone invited came from near and far; most notably his annual Labor Day abalone parties which were so grand they were talked about for years.

Rand was a good friend to so many, his word was his truth, but his greatest accomplishment was being a dad to Josh, Geoff, and Jenny. Offering unconditional love and support, his triple crown added another jewel, his grandchildren who he adored. Rand passed peacefully, on Tuesday, May 28, surrounded by his children, holding him until the last minute of his life.

He was preceded by his mother and father, and older brother Jeff Houk. Survived by his children Josh and wife Katie, Geoff, and Jenny. Grandchildren Damon and Cheyenne and family Kathy Troutt of Emmett, Idaho, and Jan Pray of Sisters. Also, his special bird dog Lefty, who never left his side throughout the many years.

He will sorely be missed for his quick wit and humor, by all those that knew him and loved him.

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