C. Houston Cobb was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico May 25, 1943 to Mary Schultz Cobb and Gentry Cobb. Gentry was a railroad bridge maintenance forman, so the family lived in a boxcar near Douglas for a while when Houston was two.

The family moved to Reno, NV where Houston explored, studied, ran track and became a champion roller skater. Then he went to the University of Nevada and graduated with the highest grade point ever in the physics department up to that time. He worked at the Nevada test site and Los Alamos while in college, then went to UC Santa Barbara for his doctorate in 1970.

Houston took a professorship at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis Tennessee to teach the physics of optics and a few years later he added the Ethics of Law for the Optometrists. He developed the Computer Center for the Teachers and students in the late 1980s. He was beloved and treasured after 30 years at SCO by 4000 student optometrists.

On Easter afternoon in 1979, Houston met Sara Mann on an afternoon walk and they married in January, 1980. 

Houston never gave up a new hobby or activity until he reached the top. Sara and Houston did karate a few years, then began to scuba dive. They dived the Caribbean in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring to Patagonia in 2002. They continued dive trips a few more years then spent the rest of the years enjoying the pictures of their adventures.

Houston’s mother, Mary Cobb, came to live with them on the 4th of July 2002 just as they were moving into their new home in Patagonia. They had the first of many 4th of July parties with a few friends and family that day. Mary passed away in 2011 at the age of 98 1/2.

Houston helped St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Nogales develop their computer system and helped Sara produce six Year Books for the Preschool at St Andrews. About 2006 Houston became the president of the Red Rock Acres HOA in Patagonia. After 11 years he stepped down due to deteriorating health.

Houston was kind and generous with his skills and knowledge.

Houston once told nurses where he was “incarcerated” (TMC) that they could call him Professor, they could call him your Excellency, BUT don’t call him Charles. Unfortunately he was “incarcerated” several times before he finally passed away on Easter Saturday, April 3, 2021, at home where he could see the mountains he loved and had his two Siamese furry friends with him.

Houston is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sara, his son, Gentry Troy Cobb who lives in Kentucky, his stepchildren Dr. Sheryl Wright and Bruce Jones who live in California, his brother Gary Cobb (Peggy) who lives in Idaho, eight nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews.

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, there are no plans for a memorial in the near future.