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Shafter faces loss of two decorated football coaches

Merv Huston coached 'Deacon' Turner

Shafter High lost another former coach recently with the passing of Mervin Huston at 89.

"Boomer" Huston was the head football coach for several of the dominant teams that the Generals had during the '70s. Huston coached one of the most decorated athletes in the school's history when he helmed the squad that included David "Deacon" Turner, leading the Generals to the top of the SSL.

Huston began his career at South High, after serving for the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. After South High, Huston made his way to Shafter. He coached Shafter to numerous South Sequoia League titles, along with appearances in the post season.

He also coached at Tehachapi High School before switching careers to the grape industry in Arvin. Huston spent his latter years in that business, as a general manager and broker.

Huston retired to Utah, and services were held there after his death on Jan. 8.


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