He is preceded in death by his parents C.E. Horton and Marie Horton, and survived by his seven siblings Patrick Horton (Cumberland, Md), Mary Louise Paterson (Reno, Nv), Diane Gunderson (Sparks, Nv), Carol Case (Tampa, Fl), Richard Horton (Ely, Nv), Helene Stafford (Boise, Id), and Marie Gillemot (Carson City, Nv).
Don grew up on a ranch in Ely, Nevada and moved to the DC area when he was 17. His Nevada roots remained a strong part of who he was. In DC, he held jobs at the US Capitol and Senate office Building, and then patronage under Senator Bible from Nevada. He worked late night shifts at the Senate Post Office as he put himself through school, and joked that his shifts were 4:00am to 8:00am with sleep from 5:00-6:00. He served in the US Army from 1959-1961, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1968 with a degree in Pre-Law and Political Science. Don began working at the DC Superior Court under Judge Joseph Ryan and eventually moved on to serve as Fiduciary Officer in the Probate Division of the DC Superior Court for 33 years, retiring in 2002.
Don enjoyed spending time with family and traveling back to the ranch in Nevada, was a devoted Redskins fan, and loved the outdoors. He will be remembered as a gentle, kind, and loving husband, father, friend, and neighbor. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Donations may be made in his memory to his favorite charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).