Obituary: Warren Delano Houghteling Jan. 8, 2017


Warren Delano Houghteling was someone who didn’t do small talk. He liked passion, honesty, and cared deeply. He had just attained the notable age of fifty when his heart succumbed. He died on Jan 8th, 2017, while he was exercising “the hounds”, enjoying a hike, one of the things he loved to do.

Warren was known for his love of theater, and in another life, he would have been a career actor. Instead he was a teacher, handyman, software developer, and computer programmer. His greatest job, challenge, and achievement was being a father. He gave it everything he had, and was proud to be a father first.

He is survived by his amazing, talented, loving children Ben and Lily, and his incredible wife Pam.

He suffered the loss of his father Frederic, his mother Penelope (Penny), and his sister Laura.

A degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College put the stamp of legitimacy on his philosophical nature. His time at Thornton Friends High School, though short, refined his kind, reflective nature.

Warren took great joy in being a part of countless plays and productions at the Los Alamos Little Theater. He greatly enjoyed the professional productions he did at the Santa Fe Playhouse, including Bench Warmers, It’s a Wonderful Life, and his favorite, The Pillowman. He was in Death of a Salesman and the Teatro Duende Marionette Troupe as well. His exuberance was contagious.

He loved playing basketball, he loved to bike, he ran cross-country in school, and loved running, but his knees had other plans for him, and he traded it in for hiking.

Warren’s life was a struggle, marred by tragedy, but his losses did not leave him bitter. He held on to his positive view of the world with extraordinary openness and vulnerability. He was a wonderful person, who will be missed. His depth did not always show, but when he shared it with you, you knew it was something extraordinary.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544. 

Please join us as we honor and celebrate Warren’s life.