David L. Van Horn

January 12, 1941November 5, 2013
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David L. Van Horn

72, passed away November 5th after a long illness. He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, to Olin and Ann Van Horn. After graduation from Beech Grove High School and Purdue University, he began a lifelong career in education as a math teacher and football coach. In addition, he received a M.S. degree in Guidance from Butler University. He began his career at Beech Grove High School in 1963; in 1970 he joined the staff at Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, Florida, where his freshman team went undefeated and as seniors won the Florida State AAAA FB Championship. He returned to Indiana, teaching and coaching for 32 years at Carmel High School. Coach Van Horn helped lead the football team to five Indiana State Championships and four undefeated seasons. He came out of retirement to work as a math tutor at the North Central High School learning center. David was Indiana Football Coaches Association District 8 Assistant Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his many years as the voice of Carmel wrestling on WHJE. And in 2008 he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He was past president of the Beech Grove High School Alumni Association; the Beech Grove Retired Teachers Association; and the Carmel Lions Club. David was dedicated to the youth he mentored, both in the classroom and on the playing field. As a true disciple of John Wooden, David believed the “Teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world." Long after retiring, he continued to receive letters, phone calls, and visits from former players and students, thanking him for his dedication, devotion and life lessons taught. He enjoyed immensely spending time with family and friends, playing euchre and bridge, and following the Colts, Cubs and the Pacers; and was a loyal Carmel and Purdue fan. He will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives he touched. He is survived by sister, Karel Van Horn-Seldner, niece Anna Seldner-Ghazaoui, and grandnephew, Samir. A memorial gathering will take place on Thursday Nov. 21st from 4:00-7:00 PM at Little and Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel followed by a Memorial Service at 7:00 PM in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beech Grove High School Alumni Association scholarship fund, the Beech Grove Retired Teachers Association scholarship fund of to the Carmel Lions Club (make check to the Carmel Lions Club with a check notation “Memorial for David Van Horn") PO Box 1021 Carmel Indiana 46082-1021.


  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 21, 2013

David L. Van Horn

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January 12, 2014

Happy birthday, Dave. I miss you and wish you were here. I think about you every day...


Gerry Keesling

December 17, 2013

It was only when a recent newsletter was returned that we learned of Coach Van Horn's untimely passing. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, into which Dave was most deservedly inducted in 2008, we send our sincere condolences to family and friends.
Gerry Keesling, IFHOF President

Scott Gregg

November 23, 2013

I'd known Dave since he started teaching at Carmel High School and the one constant with him was his positive attitude. He taught me how to broadcast wrestling on WHJE and made many fans of high school wrestling. Thanks for all you did for our station and the kids that you worked with at WHJE.

Scott Gregg

November 21, 2013

Dave was my geometry teacher and football coach at Beech Grove High School. When he and John Lyzott(sp)got together you could not stop laughing. I visited you several times when you were in the hospital and could not believe you remeember specific plays that I was involved in forty years earlier. Thanks coach for rverything you did for me. D. B. Smith

Keith Morgan

November 21, 2013

I have known Dave since the early 50's. Dave, Tom, Dave's Mother and I use to play bridge a great deal of the time. Dave's Mother and mine were good friends and my Mother always like Dave very much. I did not get to play football with Dave but there is one thing certain--if they play football in heaven--Dave will be on the first team. You may be gone but you will not be forgotten.

Brian Griffiths

November 21, 2013

Coach always put others first. The lessons that he taught from the classroom, on the field, or in life will not be forgotten. Thank you, and I'm forever grateful for the impact you had on my life.

Richard Grove

November 20, 2013

Dave, you were a very special friend to me all through the years – all 57 years that we have known each other. Wow! I remember all the good times we had in high school, the card games and most importantly your wonderful sense of humor. It always made me smile. I am glad we made all those memories. Seeing you at our 50th class reunion was not only a joy but brought back all those great memories. You are a man who always had my respect. Thank-you for the time and memories. You will be dearly missed by all who have known you. A special man and a great friend who put his mark of excellence in this world and showed the world what love is all about. I'll see you again on the other side. Hold a spot for me. – Richard & Maddy Grove

Brian Glaze

November 20, 2013

Introduced me to Edward's Drive In and the volume of his voice would triple as he would not take a breath when lecturing. Especially when teaching Trig. Go Tennessee ChatanOOOOGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (CHS Class of 1982)

Janet Eichenberger

November 19, 2013

Dave was a tutor for many years in the Learning Center at North Central High School. He was especially sought after by our English Language Learners because of his patience and ability to present complex math in language they could understand. My prayers and sympathy go to the family of this man who truly made a difference in the lives of many students.

November 18, 2013

Coach Van Horn, no one like him! And we were all blessed to know him and be touched by him. Years after I played for him at Carmel High School, I bought a house in to him! Oh, the football stories we shared; but, damn, that Purdue thing of his..... :) Rest in peace, Coach...a life well lived...