George Bill Washington Horton

July 26, 1923March 10, 2013
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George Washington (Bill) Horton, 89, passed away March 10th, 2013 at home in Arlington, Washington. WWII Navy Veteran – Yorktown Survivor – Accomplished Bullshitter G.W. was born July 26, 1923 in Kershaw, South Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was honorably discharged in Bremerton, Wa. in 1944. During his service in the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown CV-5, and the battleship USS West Virginia BB-48. George was a proud survivor of the sinking of the USS Yorktown during WWII’s Battle of Midway. George was a born leader and salesman, after the war he crafted a storied and successful career in the auto industry. He worked his way up from a fresh-faced car hop in the early 1950’s, to General Manager of downtown Seattle’s Smith-Gandy Ford car dealership. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, he continued in the car business, making friends and working in the American Lease Division of Bill Pierre Ford until his retirement. He leaves his loving family, wife Donna, his five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He may be gone from our physical lives, but his masterful ability to tell a story, his sincerity with each person he encountered, and his humor will forever be remembered in our hearts and minds. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 11:00am, at Schaefer-Shipman, Marysville.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 30, 2013

George Bill Washington Horton

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Bud Forsell

April 5, 2013

Donna and family, I worked many years with Bill, thought highly of him, enjoyed the moments our paths crossed in our industry, and his efforts to encourage me to gain status. I never heard him complain but know he had the right to. I feel the sorrow of his passing and I'll miss him too.

Lisa Dudley

April 5, 2013

Donna I am so sorry for your loss. I grew to love George and our conversations at Angels. He will always have a place in my heart and will be greay missed.

Eileen Darby

April 3, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss Donna, I so enjoyed working with you at Blue Cross. We must have gotten married about the same time. I have been married since 1978 to Kim Darby. We both now work for Boeing and are living in Lynnwood. So enjoyed your company at work and all the good advice. A very big thank you! If there is anything I can do or you wish to visit we are in the phone book. My daughter is a doctor now. Sincerely Eileen Mattson Darby

Margaret (Mrs.Bill) Potteiger

March 30, 2013

Donna, When I scattered a few of my Bill's (Potteiger -Pierre and Smith Gandy) ashes under the oak tree behind the shop I knew he'd found good friends again. Now GW (Bill) can golf or swap stories about the "old days".

Aunty Michael L. Hansen

March 30, 2013

Bill! My world will never be the same again without your stories, your laughter, and your big heart.
Aloha, aunty Michael.

Molly LaLonde

March 29, 2013

Scotty, I was sorry to hear of your loss. You've always spoken so highly of your Dad over the years. And after reading this, it sounds to me, like you're a chip of the ole block.
Hoping you find comfort in your memories.
I'm sure he was very proud of you.


David Haugen

March 29, 2013

It was nice to hear yesterday, from my brother Steve, that you asked about me upon your bi-yearly calls to him over the past 5 years, and that though not as close anymore due to circumstances, that you still cared about how I was doing, as you always had for the previous 38 years. I too never stopped caring about your well being and happiness and am glad that you had so many wonderful years to spend with your family and friends. Rest in peace Bill. Thanks for everything, David

Marion Hunter

March 28, 2013

The Hunter family moved in across the street from the Horton family in 1963. We watched the youngsters grow up. Our elder son Patrick moved away, lured by the skiing in Colorado. The rest of the family stayed near-by. But who would ever have guessed that one day, G.W. Horton would become my daughter Linda's father-in-law?

John Stockman

March 26, 2013

I have not met a more colorful and engaging character than GW. His stories, jokes and warmth were the qualities that drew so many to him. His presence will be missed and the memories will live on. See you on the Big Course one day GW.

Norland King

March 25, 2013

Thank you for giving Donna many years with a warm home filled with love and fun times.