Graydon Houston (Soph yr)

Profile Updated: November 9, 2020
Residing In: Erie, CO USA
Spouse/Partner: Karen
Children: Lori, born 1967; Amy, born 1969; Jeff, born 1971. Two Step Children: Todd, born 1969; Brenda, born More…1973. Nine grandchildren. Two great-grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired from the Arvada Police Department.
How did you spend your "working" years, including volunteer work?

I spent the first several months as a DUI Officer, then worked in the detective division, assigned for several years as an auto theft detective. During that time I worked in and at one time was president of the Colorado Auto Theft Investigator's Association. I assisted in writing the bylaws for this group and they are still in effect today. I also taught auto theft detective techniques throughout the state of Colorado. I was also active in the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators which gave me access to auto theft investigators around the world. One interesting aspect of this assignment was working with and investigating the biker gangs. I later transferred to patrol where I worked "the street" until retirement. During that time, I was active in a peer officer support group, a senior officer referral group to the departmental administration, and served as a Field Training Officer where we trained officers fresh from the academy to become functional street solo officers. That was a challenging, but rewarding assignment.

What are your hobbies, pastimes, causes, leisure activities?

As a member of the Arvada Police Department. I was a member of their pistol team and a group of us even tried our hand at rodeoing. I rode the bareback broncos for three years. Several others of us in the department formed a country-western band and were together for over eight years. We made some good money, developed new friends and contacts, and have more memories than we can count.
Also while with the police department, I obtained my Commercial Driver's License and drove commercially for nearly thirty years, most of it part-time. I drove charter busses and the big rigs for a total of nearly a million miles.
For years I was active in my church by singing in the choir, helping with construction projects, playing in the church band, organizing and directing the security team, and filling in wherever they needed they needed a general flunky
I also enjoyed camping, MC riding and touring, skydiving, and I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for twelve years reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. I also obtained my private pilot's license. Lately, I have taken up golf and am not doing well at all at it.

NEW! What's on your bucket list?

I've been able to drive cars, busses, boats, trucks (with between 3 and 18 forward gears), and fly airplanes, but I would really like now to drive a train.

School Memories:

I remember choir with Mrs. Kohler. Sports (football, track) were really important and coach Ross Estes really made a very positive impression on me. I have really enjoyed re-contacting our classmates through Facebook, the class web site, and the reunions I got to attend.

Comments:

EDUCATION: BS - Biology, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK
MCJ - Criminal Justice, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO
EMPLOYMENT: 1960-1967 - Residential construction.
1967 - 1972 - Senior Chemical Technician, Dow Chemical Co., Freeport, TX.
1972-1999 - Police Officer, Arvada, CO (Retired)
1985-2012 - Bus and truck driver.
2012-Present - Court Security Officer for US Marshal's Office, Denver, CO
2017-2019 - Retired again
2019-Present - Special Deputy US Marshal, Denver. CO (Part-time)
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS: Boy Scouts, Church, Special Olympics, Civil Air Patrol.
HOBBIES (PAST AND PRESENT): Motorcycle touring (past), rodeo riding (too old for this now), skydiving (past), music, aviation (still have my pilot's license, but not current), camping, golf (still trying to break 100)

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Feb 17, 2021 at 10:37 PM

Posted on: Feb 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM

Happy birthday, Kathy ! !

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Posted on: Nov 02, 2020 at 8:18 PM

Happy birthday, Susan ! !

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Posted on: Aug 24, 2020 at 5:29 AM

Happy birthday, Bill ! !

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Happy birthday, Linda ! !

Feb 17, 2020 at 9:06 AM

Happy birthday, Kathy ! !

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Posted on: Sep 08, 2019 at 8:19 AM

Happy birthday, Anita ! !

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Posted on: Aug 25, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Bill, happy belated birthday! My excuses are: 1.) My computer was fouled up. and 2.) I've been traveling. I know! I know! That's not good enough but ........... Anyway, I hope you had a good day.

Jul 21, 2019 at 3:33 AM
Dec 02, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Happy birthday, Larry! !

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Posted on: Nov 02, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Happy birthday, Susan! !

Jul 21, 2018 at 3:33 AM
Jul 05, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Happy birthday, Bob! !

Jun 05, 2018 at 8:12 AM

Happy birthday, Linda! !

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Posted on: Feb 17, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Happy birthday, Kathy! !

Jan 07, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Merlene, it looks like I did a good job of missing your birthday. Didn't mean to do that, but it seems the hurrier I go, the behinder I get. Anyway, I hope it was a good day for you. Happy birthday!!

Dec 02, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Happy birthday, Larry ! !

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Posted on: Nov 02, 2017 at 7:16 PM

Happy birthday, Susan !!!!!

Oct 23, 2017 at 11:04 PM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2017 at 8:53 PM

I remember you asking me for Ross Estes's phone number and at that time I only had his old one. I just found his current one and was able to call and wish him a happy 90th birthday today (October 23, 2017). He said it was OK to give his number out as he does enjoy getting phone calls from his students. For you and anyone reading this that wants to give him a call it's (719)-322-2765. Rich Patton

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Posted on: Aug 24, 2017 at 8:41 AM

Happy birthday, Bill! !

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM
July, 2010. Enjoying the mountains.