Danny Ray Horton
January 26, 1955 – August 25, 2019
In early evening August 25, 2019, Danny Ray Horton of Brownwood, Texas passed from our presence into the waiting and loving arms of his savior Jesus Christ. Danny was a large and fun personality who lived in the midst of and was central to our identity as a family. It will be a difficult struggle to deal with his loss.
Danny was born January 26, 1955, in Comanche, Texas, the third and favorite child of James E. (Buck) Horton and Vernell K. (Doss) Horton. Danny was preceded in death by his father, and is survived by his wife Kim S. Horton of Brownwood, son Kade Horton and spouse Madeline of Midland, son Ethan Horton and spouse Alex of Austin, mother Vernell Horton of Lometa, brother Jimmie M. Horton and spouse Nancy of Caradan, brother Bobby J. Horton and spouse Janet of Houston, sister Laura M. Horton of Brownwood, by 15 nephews and nieces (each of whom was his favorite), numerous great nieces and nephews (who will all terribly miss their favorite - Uncle Bam-Bam), by numerous cousins and literally thousands of friends throughout Central Texas and the greater Southwestern US.
Danny grew up in the rural community of Scallorn and attended school in Lometa, where he excelled in all sports and later attended Howard Payne University on an athletic scholarship. After working a few years in construction in and around Austin Danny ultimately returned to his roots and came home to Brownwood, where he recently retired after working 42 years as a foreman at Superior Cable plant.
Danny had many interests; he was adventurous, competitive and accomplished at many things: son, husband, father, gardener, carpenter, hunter, fisherman, sportsman and golfer. Danny was a friend to everyone he met. His roster of friends included construction and plant workers, cowboys, clerks, businessmen and industrial entrepreneuris, coaches, fishing guides, doctors and lawyers. Above all else, Danny passionately focused his attentions on his immediate family and supported Kade’s and Ethan’s efforts in their pursuits of hunting, fishing, weightlifting, baseball, football and scholastic careers. From coaching a state champion Little League team to their college careers, those attentions were also extended to supporting dozens of their friends whose various careers after high school he enthusiastically followed. Danny and Kim’s home was at all times - and continues to be - an open door for all their sons’ friends. Stories abound of the literally thousands of steaks he cooked for all his “football boys”. Unfortunately for us all, he took with him that world famous secret recipe for “Danny’s Man-Rub” (aka butt-rub) steak spice.
Danny was a gardener and loved displaying and competing with his mother, sister and brother over who grew the largest, prettiest and latest flowers. Danny loved the outdoors and was an ardent pursuer of all manner of fish, fowl and beast at every opportunity. Danny was an excellent marksman, whose exploits included regularly taking large birds out of the air at distance with a rifle, and who just last year hit a first shot bullseye on a target 1090 yards out, with a gun borrowed from his son. Danny also loved the ranching work and lifestyle he grew up in, and he put in literally thousands of hours volunteering to help his dad, or his Uncle Dooder McClatchy, or childhood friend Bill Bishop work cattle and could always be counted on to help drench goats and haul hay.
Danny was a great son and brother, a great husband and father, and a great friend of everyone he met. Our memories of him all involve him laughing, joking and teasing, pulling pranks, and loving us all. We will forever miss his adventurous spirit, his charming smile, his laughter and the friendship he had for all people.
Funeral services for Danny will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church in Early with burial to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Caradan. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Wednesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to M. D. Anderson. Online memorials may be made at www.davismorrisfuneralhome.com.
Danny is survived by his wife Kim S. Horton of Brownwood, son Kade Horton and spouse Madeline of Midland, son Ethan Horton and spouse Alex of Austin, mother Vernell Horton of Lometa, brother Jimmie M. Horton and spouse Nancy of Caradan, brother Bobby J. Horton and spouse Janet of Houston, sister Laura M. Horton of Brownwood, by 15 nephews and nieces (each of whom was his favorite), numerous great nieces and nephews (who will all terribly miss their favorite - Uncle Bam-Bam), by numerous cousins and literally thousands of friends throughout Central Texas and the greater Southwestern US.
Danny was preceded in death by his father.
- John Truitt, Active Pallbearer
- Randy Cason, Active Pallbearer
- Robert Tambunga, Active Pallbearer
- Tim Wright, Active Pallbearer
- Bill Bishop, Active Pallbearer
- Mark Crowder, Active Pallbearer
- Charlie Smith, Active Pallbearer
- Bill Morris, Active Pallbearer
- Dwane McDaniel, Active Pallbearer
- Burk Singleton, Active Pallbearer
- Brian Smith, Active Pallbearer
- Matt Davis, Active Pallbearer
- Every young man whose life Danny touched, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 29, 2019
Danny Ray Horton
September 3, 2019
By not living in Brownwood anymore I just found out of Danny's passing to go live with our maker. Danny was a great individual and a great employee at Superior Cable.
When I thought something was not going correctly at Superior's manufacturing and little on ticked off side I could go to Danny talked the issue with him...…,,,,well he would do his magic and I would walk away going its all under control!!! He was by foremost a great person which contributed to him being a great supervisor.
RIP my friend and I am very grateful to have known you!!!
Lyn Del Collier
September 1, 2019
I was deeply saddened when I heard of Danny Ray's passing.
But what a beautiful life full of joy and happiness.
Thank you for all of the photos in the tribute movie , it brought back many wonderful memories as a kid growing up with Danny Ray at the family reunions and at grandma and granddad Horton's farm.
Danny Ray's adventurous personality and that infectious smile is something I will remember forever.
Jane Johnson OT
August 31, 2019
Y’all have travelled across my mind so many times in the short time I’ve known you and become privileged to call you “friends”. My deepest, most sincere condolences to Kim and all of Danny’s family. He and y’all will not be forgotten. Sending love, tender hugs and blessings. Love you.
August 28, 2019
Please accept my most sincere condolence. Prayers for Kim and family.
August 27, 2019
So many great memories with the Horton family. Traveling together, laughing, watching our kids grow up so quickly & who could every forget eating a great steak that Danny prepared for us. They were the best. Always a great time, he was one of a kind.
Kim, Kade, & Ethan, you are in my prayers.
Love you guys!
August 26, 2019
Thinking of you my friends...Kimmie..Ethan .. Kade...prayers of peace🙏🙏🙏🙏... Ethan.. do u remember all those pop tarts I let u eat in my class ur 7th grade year.??? 🤗🤗🤗.... great memories !!!!
August 26, 2019
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Danny. Today and always, may loving memories of Danny and the love of family surround you and bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
Keeping you close in heart and prayer during your time of loss.
With my deepest sympathy ~ Cindy