By Erik Onstott
The Orange Leader
Orange County lost one of its most prominent citizens Friday.
Tony Houseman, the owner of Tony Houseman Homes and a benefactor to many in Southeast Texas, died at his home Friday afternoon after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
“He lived life fully,” said Betty Harmon, the former president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. “He was a fighter right up to the end.”
A Port Arthur native, Houseman left Southeast Texas in 1966 and entered into an investment banking career in Los Angeles; he went on to earn New York Stock Exchange licenses up to the level of partner/owner and went on to establish his own firm in Dallas. Houseman Securities originated, developed and underwrote projects from water and sewer tax revenue bonds to health care projects and real estate limited partnerships.
Houseman returned to Southeast Texas in 1987 and purchased ownership of his family land company and formed the Houseman Companies. He was the owner of Tony Houseman Homes, which has been building homes in Southeast Texas since the 1960s and last month expanded into Louisiana with an office in Lake Charles; another of his major projects in Orange County is the Eagle Point area at Texas 62 and Interstate 10, which includes several fast-food restaurants and gas stations.
In addition to his business ventures, Houseman was aso involved in various charities in Orange County, including Patrons of Police — a support group for area law enforcement, of which Houseman was the founder — and Hoop-D-Do on the Bayou, a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament which benefits Patrons of Police and the Special Olympics.
“His main thing was caring for people. He was always willing to step up for everyone else,” Harmon said. “Once he was a friend, he was a friend for life.”
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