The HHH Foundation Board has asked me
to write a biography for
Hugh for the Web site. I am finding that this is an extremely
daunting task. How do I sum up the life of my precious and
sweet little boy Hugh with a few words in a couple of paragraphs?
An impossible task really. Words have yet to be invented to
convey to you
this simple message, and the words I do know are inadequate.
Hugh was born in Eugene, Oregon on January 22,
1980. We brought
him home to Skyhawk Way in the snow. You all know how much
loved the snow. Even when he was going ‘thru some of
chemo treatments during his first year of illness, I found
in the cold, all bundled up making a little snowman. That
is how determined he was in everything he faced.
He grew up and was educated in Eugene. He attended
O’Hara Grade School and graduated from the International
High School at South Eugene High School. Hugh made so many
friends where ever he
was, and his friends were all so important to him.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree
from the Charles Lundquist College of Business at the University
of Oregon. This was a tremendous feat for Hugh, as he was
being treated for cancer during much of his UO education.
Our family was so very proud of him. We wanted everyone to
know how difficult this accomplishment was for him, but Hugh
would have no part of being singled out. He did not want special
attention and always tried his hardest all during his illness
to be as normal as possible. This was his way, and he did
After graduating he moved to Portland, Oregon
in 2003. He worked
in the golf division at the Nike Campus. Here Hugh added new
in addition to all his college friends. He was always on his
his cancer returned, his friends were there for him, and remained
steady comfort and support for him. His phone was always
ringing and was his lifeline to the world outside of those
rooms. He would even manage to use the internet to check on
fine automobiles he so loved. Of course, Hugh made new friends
the doctors and staff at the hospitals too, he always had
a smile for
everyone who came into his room, and his life.
Hugh never complained. He got up, suited up
and showed up every single day, no matter how sick he felt,
no matter how bad his day was. He inspired all who met him
with his determined spirit and positive way he faced every
Hugh’s grave marker reads:
HUGH HOWARD HOUSEN
January 22, 1980 - April 9, 2005
The “dash” in the date is the most
important part. All we ever get,
any of us, is what is in that dash. I believe that Hugh’s
dash was an
amazing one. He had so many friends whom he cared so much
His family was so important to him. He had the ability to
make the best of any situation. He had a positive attitude
and awesome spirit
and was always more worried about you, or me being worried
than he was worried about himself.
I love you Hugh.