Mac V. Horton
April 23, 1941 – December 4, 2020
Mac Vester Horton, 79, of Englewood, Florida went home to be with Jesus on December 4, 2020. Mac was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to Daniel and Bitha Horton on April 23, 1941. He attended Lee Bible College in Cleveland, Tennessee. Mac originally came to Englewood in 1958, moving back to settle permanently in 1967. He fell in love with the area and with Esther Ainger after working for her father at Ainger's Market. He loved the Englewood community and Charlotte County and was involved in various organizations including: Englewood Rotary Club, past president; Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, past president; Englewood Jaycees, founding director; Englewood Recreation Council, past president; Lemon Bay High School Student Advisory Committee; Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Board; Save Our Courthouse, chairman; Courthouse Challenge Fund, co-founder/chairman; and Secret Society of Smoked Mullets community service award recipient. His public service career started with his election to the Englewood Water District board; he later served on the Charlotte County School Board; the Charlotte County Commission and his last elected office was Supervisor of Elections. During his time as county commissioner, he would often describe situations in his own words that became known as Hortonisms. After his elected service, he had the Winchester Boulevard Extension dedicated to him and the Charlotte County Annex named the Mac V Horton Annex. He was dedicated to serving and for him it was about getting the job done, not about politics. Mac never met a fishing pole or fishing hole he didn’t like and would often break into a jig upon hearing music. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed wood-working and wood carving, and upon retiring, bought a kiln and took up pottery. He was master of the grill, king of one-pot wonder meals and he’d eat soup out of a paper napkin before he’d wash a bowl. In his later years, he bore a resemblance to Santa Claus with his white hair and beard, and enjoyed playing Santa on Dearborn Street and for local events. He knew how to enjoy simple pleasures such as camping and sitting around a campfire telling stories. He could fix anything using duct tape and could make a trip to the local dump seem like an adventure. He loved his native Georgia, enjoyed the great outdoors, and singing gospel and country songs and he gave the best bear hugs. We love you and miss you, Papa Bear. Mac is survived by his wife Esther of 51 years; daughters Lori Andelin and Lisa Conder; grand-daughters Addison Andelin, McKinnley Morrison and Meryl Tyjenski; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Martin and his daughter Susanna. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Mac’s name to the Lemon Bay Historical Society, P.O.Box 1245, Englewood, FL 34295-1245.
Celebration of Life
Englewood United Methodist Church
Mac V. Horton
Randy Ann Bechtel
January 22, 2021
Dear Esther and family,
Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Mac had a special place in my life and heart, a treasured friend and Boss. His always saying "Get over it", and my reply I am over it. Enjoyed the many lunches and get togethers' at your home and have fond memories of my work under his command. As you can guess he was a fine Gentleman in my eyes a sincere, fair and caring individual. Please let us know when his memorial is I certainly would like to pay my last repects to all of you! Take care and stay safe he loved you and his family plus life so very much.
Sincerely our best always,
Randy Ann and Pete Bechtel
December 19, 2020
I sure will miss all the great times we had. Going on cruises, taking road trips, fishing, vacations, campaigning, telling stories and sharing our thoughts and ideas around a campfire, birthday parties, are just a few of the many memories I have. I miss you buddy.
December 11, 2020
Mac was a great guy. I always thought he had such dignity and character. I know the pain is great to lose someone you love so much. My prayers are with you. JJ
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
December 10, 2020
I'm sorry for the loss of Mac Horton. He was the champion of the people of Englewood and a really fantastic public servant. Fun to cover when I was a writer at the Englewood Sun circa 1994-1997. There won't be another like him. My heart goes out to Ms. Esther Horton especially.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
December 9, 2020
I was just the guitar player at the ship's lantern....way back when.....and getting used to this wonderful area.. Mac was so generous with his time......no matter who he might be with......even Marco Rubio.... he would always take the time to say hello..... and when dining with his lovely wife, always said hello....... I am gonna miss his smile.......his positive attitude... he has helped me to enjoy my past 36 years in this ole fishin' village...dave
December 6, 2020
Esther, my heart aches for you and your family. My memories of Mac were of a man who loved you, his family and Englewood. He always spoke with such dignity and kindness. I’m praying for you, you certainly have been through a lot and were so faithful to him. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
December 5, 2020
My heart goes out to you, Esther, and to all of the Horton family after learning of Mac's passing. Wow - seems like yesterday that I met Mac in the Charlotte County Commission Office. Little did I know then that I would be working with this County Leader for 12 years. He was a true and gentle genius. Never will there be a kinder soul than Mac's. He will be greatly missed.