Michael K. Houtchens of Phoenix passed away on January 5, 2010. He was born in Kansas City, MO, graduated from University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and was a Vietnam veteran. He is survived by his sisters Betty Aldrich of Kansas City, MO, Janice (Jack) Hockensmith of Olathe, KS, and Judith Houtchens of Mesa, AZ; nephews David L. Aldrich, Daniel J. Aldrich, Joshua C. Hockensmith, and nieces Christy Principe and Jodie Leigh Hockensmith; and grandnephews Bill Principe, Sam Aldrich, and Aidan Hockensmith. No service is scheduled, but a Memorial Service is planned for January 23, 2010 (time and place will be published). Should friends desire, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Arizona Humane Society, or any animal rescue program.