Cecil Thomas Houk

October 25, 1936 to October 5, 2017

Cecil Thomas Houk was the first of three children born to Henry Cecil Houk and Sophronia Ruby (Smartt) Houk.  He was born in Edgemont, Arkansas, on October 25, 1936.  His family called him Tommy.  He, Joann, and Harvey helped on the family farm and in the cotton fields.  When he was 16 years old, he was baptized in the Red River on June 28, 1953.  That began his lifelong service to Jehovah God.

In 1955 he moved to Hemet, California.  His family from Arkansas joined him in 1956.  The home that Tom and Harvey built for them on Columbia Street began a more than 40-year career of building single-family homes and Kingdom Halls.  He met Karen Lea Guymon at a gathering in Cathedral City.  They married on November 5, 1960 and were married until her death in March, 2004.  Tom and Karen had two daughters, Melissa and Rachel.

In business he always went by “Cecil.”  In the family and the congregation, he was “Tom.”

Tom passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in San Diego, California, surrounded by friends and family.

He is survived by his sister, Stella Joann Houk; brother, Harvey (Wanda) Houk; daughters, Melissa (Michael) Griswold and Rachel (John) Gasco; grandchildren, James Puzan and Shawnee Gasco; sister-in-law, Janis Guymon; nieces Maurice (Ryan) McCullough, Kelly (Miles) McCullough, Michelle (Frank) Jimenez; and Karen’s brother, Richard Guymon.

The family would like to acknowledge the tender loving care provided to Tom during his 10-yr battle with Alzheimer’s, by the following:

  • D. Scott Upton and team at San Diego Internal Medicine Assoc
  • Sharp Transitions
  • Sharp Hospice
  • Private caregivers: Crispina Asid and Kathleen Schutte
  • Home Instead caregiver: Ereida Davalos
  • Margie and Don Warmbold
  • Leslie and Les Jones
  • The Clairemont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Neighbors at Mission Ridge Condos
  • Many kind, supportive friends

“Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…” — John 5:28, 29 

“O that in the Grave you would conceal me, That you would hide me until your anger passes by, That you would set a time limit for me and remember me!  If a man dies, can he live again?  I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes.  You will call, and I will answer you.  You will long for the work of your hands.” — Job 14: 13-15

Celebration of Life

  • Date: October 14, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Location: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Address: 4243 Ingraham Street San Diego CA 92109
  • Directions: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses