November 5, 1997 – July 14, 2020
Houston Arrowood, 22, unexpectedly passed away on July 14, 2020, from injuries he received in an automobile accident. Houston was born to Ann Bergsten Arrowood and Sam Arrowood on November 5, 1997 in Glendale, Arizona. In 2003, at the age of 6 years, Houston and his family moved to Friendswood, Texas. Houston remained in the Friendswood area for the remainder of his life.
Houston was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jeanette Elsie Bergsten. His paternal grandparents, Thomas and Peggy Arrowood of Abilene, Texas, who passed away before Houston had a chance to know them.
Houston is survived by his beloved fiancé, Deborah R. Truelove of Friendswood, Texas, his precious children, Jase Lee Arrowood and Macy Renee Arrowood, his loving mother, Ann Bergsten Arrowood, of League City, Texas; his father, Sam Arrowood, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, his grandfather, Lester Dale Bergsten of Peoria, Illinois; his Uncles, Dr. Eric Bergsten (Rebecca) of Lombard, Illinois, Paul Bergsten of Los Angeles California; and Thomas Arrowood (Sandy) of New Waverly, Texas, Les Arrowood (Maysel) of Lake Texoma, Texas; his Cousins, Tova Bergsten, Galen Bergsten, Brian Arrowood and Kadie Arrowood, Garrett Arrowood and several other cousins, his God Parents, Michael and Sonja Garrison of Morristown, Tennessee and many people who loved him dearly.
Since graduation Houston has worked as a contractor with Performance Contractors, Inc. in the oil industry as a welder, journeyman pipefitter, and CNC burn table operator. His life reflected his favorite quote:
"Work hard, never quit, keep striving, keep grinding because one day you'll be up there in corporate looking down at where you used to be and have a real understanding of what hard work is and you'll never forget that you got yourself there, no one else did. Only you can have the strive, drive, determination and motivation to fulfill the fate of your future."
Houston graduated from Friendswood High School in June 2016. Houston was a natural athlete. He began playing football with FYFA and continued playing into high school. He also played T-ball, Little League Baseball, All-Star Baseball, Basketball and enjoyed all outside sports activity.
As a result of the influence from his extended family, Houston was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for hunting and fishing. Uncle Les spent many hours with Houston, teaching him the importance of hunting and fishing that formed a lifetime bonding relationship between them. The hunts that he went on with Texas Youth Hunting Program through the Texas Wildlife Association taught him safe, educational, outdoor skills that became an integral part of his life. When Houston left us, he was returning from a fishing trip that had lasted until the wee hours of the morning. We are blessed knowing that his last hours on this earth were spent fulfilling his undeniable passion.
Not to pale with his love of sports and the outdoors, Houston loved his family and friends. Houston's parents taught him the importance of family, faith and friends which was evident in his daily life. Houston's presence would add a ray of sunlight to any room. His smile was contagious, and his sense of humor was unmatched. Most of all, Houston loved his children. Houston was a dedicated father and wanted to teach his children his values and the importance family has in a child's life. Houston cherished his time with his grandparents, Lester and Jeanette Bergsten, and felt the joy and the guidance that could only come from a grandparent's love. Houston was taught to be loving, caring and giving. He never missed an opportunity to help his neighbors and was there to lend a helping hand to his friends and family when needed.
While God has taken Houston from us prematurely, Houston lived life to its fullest. It was a joy to watch as he grew into an independent young man and father with so many opportunities ahead of him. Houston left his mark on this world and will be missed but not forgotten.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
Those wishing to honor Houston may make a donation in Houston's name to the Texas Youth Hunting Program, 6644 FM 1102, New Braunfels, Texas 78132 (210) 930-2177 or to a Memorial Educational Fund for his children wire transfer routing 121000248: Jase L. Arrowood acct #5481834074 and Macy R. Arrowood acct #5481869898 at Wells Fargo in Friendswood, TX.