Howard Watt Gaines died most peacefully on the evening of January 8, 2010 following a valiant two-year struggle with brain cancer. Howard was a 7th generation Texan. He was born in Houston and raised in Fresno, TX in Fort Bend County. He was a proud graduate of Dulles High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, baseball, basketball, and track. By his junior year of high school he had become one of the top football players in the State of Texas according to a State High School Magazine. He was always #24, and the stadium announcer called him the “Fresno Flash.”
Howard was also active in FFA at Dulles and showed swine at the Fort Bend County Fair. In those days the fairgrounds were in Rosenberg on Hwy 90 where HL&P now stands. The FFA boys would take their tents and bedrolls and camp on the grounds for three days. He also did a ‘little rodeo’ in the Dulles arena, where Dulles Elementary School is now. Howard had wonderful memories of high school. He then went on to attend Alvin Junior College where he played baseball, and then semi-pro ball following college.
From that point on Howard lived in Houston where he worked at several careers until the cancer took him down. The family is secure in the knowledge that his last days were peaceful and pain free. Those who are left behind know that he “was lost, but now has been found.” God has put his arms around Howard and has led him to his new life.
He is survived by his son Jonathan, and Jonathan’s mother Lorrine Gaines. Also surviving Howard are his mother, Marsha Gaines, sister Shelly Gaines Schroeder and her husband, George; brother Ron Gaines, niece Kayte Smith, and nephew Jason Smith. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, January 14, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land, 502 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, TX. A dinner reception will begin at 6pm in the fellowship hall, followed by the service at 7pm in the sanctuary. The Reverend Bob Murphy will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the charity of your choice.
Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 281-342-4671.