Clarence W. Houghton
Clarence W. Houghton
  • August 11, 1935 - April 21, 2017
  • Walpole, New Hampshire

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Clarence (Clancy) William Houghton was born in Walpole, NH to Dr. Charles and Dorothy (Morgan) Houghton.

He always felt that Walpole was a wonderful place in which to grow up. He told exciting tales of boyish adventures, such as starting a minor brush fire by trying to hollow out a canoe from a log with a friend. Clancy's early school years were spent in The Walpole Academy building until the new school and Hubbard Gymnasium were built. He played center for the school's basketball team and graduated in 1953, leaving right after to enroll at the University of Southern California. His studies there were interrupted after a year due to his father's stroke. The free education with the G.I. Bill looked good at this time and Clancy joined the Air Force. He married Ritva Pajunen, his high school sweetheart, at this point and was off to a new adventure.

His four years in the Air Force were spent as an enlisted man, but that did not keep his superiors from noticing Clancy's exceptional ability and work ethic when they needed a new budget officer. The Air Force also gave him two almost free babies; daughter Wendy was born in Texas during her father's training there at the accounting school. Son Bill was born in England.

Back in civilian life, Clancy enrolled at the University of California in Berkeley, majoring in Business Administration with emphasis on accounting, graduating with honors in the winter of 1960. Next came two years at Harvard Business School, graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance. During the summer between Cal and Harvard, Clancy had worked in the accounting firm of Haskins and Sells, (now Deloitte) and now rejoined them. He advanced rapidly in the firm, and became a partner at the youngest age in the firm's history at the time. He retired as the Partner in Charge of the firm's San Francisco and Northern California office. The long hours at work still left Clancy just enough time to develop an interest in golf and, after retirement and moving back to Walpole 1985, one could often find him at his beloved Hooper course.

Missing his presence are his wife Ritva, brother Charles Houghton of Roanoke, VA, daughters Wendy Archibald of Portland, OR, and Nina Bowman of Lodi, CA, and son Clarence W. (Bill) Houghton of Diablo, CA; seven grandchildren, including Dr. Peter Bowman of Walpole, six great grandchildren and several beloved cousins. Clancy packed lots of living into his years and that included being a very loving and wise father and grandfather and great-grandfather. He taught his family to appreciate small moments in life, "Isn't it wonderful!"

Internment will be private . There will be a celebration of Clancy's life in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-601 or the Scholarship Fund at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley would be greatly appreciated.