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January 27, 2011
Deeply sorry for OUR loss. Firemen not only belong to their own private families but they belong to the world because they are so altruistic totally giving of themselves. I have never met a fireman that beat his chest when he rescued someone and said look what I have done. But I have seen them cry as winniers and loser. I have a great love and respect for these people. To the family as you continue to miss and grieve for destry, May the God who supplies endurance and comfort continue to sustain you in your time of need through prayer, friends and the comfort of family.
February 03, 2010
when i heard the news about Destry,i remember crying in the hospital hall way with Justin. I could not believe it. Didnt want to believe it either. I always loved going to youth night at Grand. Destry was always there hanging out with us. I also remember so many nights going to the alter and soon after having destry lean over and start praying with me. Destry was a real man of God. Destry, believe it or not I am married now and have a beautiful little girl! Wish you could meet them, they are amazing. You Truely will be missed.

always,
LCpl Kody Clouse, USMC
December 29, 2009
Last night I decided to do a google search on Destry after not finding him after several attempts on facebook. I had been trying to reconnect with old friends from childhood. I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Destry's death. Although, I did not know the man he became, I have sweet memories of the boy he was. Destry was my first crush, the first boy I ever went to a movie with, or shared a pizza with at Mazzio's. As I sat here last night with tears streaming down my face, I could remember like yesterday how my heart raced as I sat in a dark movie theater holding his sweaty hand in mine! My heart goes out to Destry's family, wife and children; to all who feel his loss. I hope that you all have found some peace and comfort in each other and the thought that he is watching over you. He was a very lucky man to have each and every one of you in his life and in many ways you still have each other.He lives on through you. Please know, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
December 02, 2009
I thought about you today, I think it was because when you were my youth pastor you always knew how to get me out of a hole, I miss you and I'm always praying for your wife and girls
June 25, 2009
Yesterday I watched a movie about tornados on Discovery Channel, and had a tought. In 2001 I saw another tornado movie on National Geographic, and to my surprise, Destry was interviewed in it. It was such a good thing to see a familiar person thousand of kilometers away from the United States... I tought I would try to find it somehow on the internet, to save it for later. But when I typed in the words Destry Horton, and tornado, Oklahoma, this page popped up. I can not tell you how stunned I was. I can not believe this happened.
During 1998-1999 I lived with the Hortons (Johnny and Tawnya) as an exchange student. Destry was my brother...
Brandy, you were only pregnant with the your first baby girl when I left the states. I will always remember you with love. Let my prayers be with you.
May 13, 2009
Dearest Son,
It has been 3 years since you departed this earth. It has been a struggle without you here. You were a wonderful husband, father, brother, and son and we miss you terribly. The first year without you was the hardest, but the 2nd year wasn't any better, and the 3rd year--well, we just keep praying for the Lord to return soon. There is so much pain on this earth.
You must be singing with the angels. I listen to your music and rejoice in your wonderful voice and the way you would praise Jesus. When I hear "hallelujah" I think of you--you said it often and with such love of our Savior.
Brandy, Kiley and McKenzie are doing well. I often wonder if you are their guardian angel. Those girls are just like you, Destry. They are smart, athletic, talented and good hearted. Brandy is doing an amazing work for God. She's the best mother in the universe, too.
Darin misses you so much. He looked up to his little brother...you were his inspiration spiritually.
You made such an impact on so many lives. I read the tributes to you and am so thankful for the good memories people have of you and the good that you did while you were here. You will never be forgotten, but more importantly, our Father collected you to Himself on the day of your Homecoming. So we will look forward to a wonderful reunion with you someday. I have read much about Heaven since you entered there. An amazing place! And that's what life on this earth is all about--to see Him face to face, and to be forever in His presence. I have learned, Destry, that it isn't about us on this earth, but about glorifying our Heavenly Father in all that we do. I pray I can get better at that before I am called home!

I love you son,

Mom
March 09, 2009
I think about you all the time. There are stickers on vehicles everywhere - honoring you. I miss you and wish I knew you better. Until we meet again, hero!
July 03, 2008
Destry,
This will be the last entry in this book that so many people have signed and showed their love to not only you but the girls and I as well.

So many things have happened since your passing but we know there is a "Greater" plan that God has for each of us left here.

Your memory continues to live on and many continue to watch you not only from the Heroic Tornado story or how you survived but you've been on CNN numerous times in Ireland from the play where you went to heaven. It has been such a big witnessing tool to many overseas. A gentleman needed a pair of dress shoes and I knew that you had so many and wouldn't mind giving him a pair of yours. As I watch him praise the Lord and dance before God, you still touch lives because those shoes were anointed shoes by a man who walked the life that God mapped out for him and now a new life walks the "Walk of Faith" in them and he continues to grow stronger in Lord. He wears them proudly and tells many who wore them before he did and says it with such humility and honor.

You will continue to live on in not only our hearts but in the eyes, laughter, and talents of your babies. They both love to sing, play the piano and the guitar...just like you did. They sing to Lord and dance before him here while you sing and dance before him there. I know that you see us because God says in his word of those gathered around the throne that join in worship with us here on earth. We long to see the day where we will stand together and sing with ONE VOICE to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

We know the day is coming very quickly when God will tell his son to come get us and we know that day is quickly approaching. We look forward to what God is about to do in our lives because we know that it's far beyond anything we could ask, think, or even begin to imagine!

We love you and are so proud of you, your life, and the legacy that continues to live on and will throughout the days, weeks, and years to come. I am so proud of you and the man that you became and the woman that I became because of you! Thank you for loving me and giving me your name and your children. I love you and will always love you. I will forever be your "Little Angel!"
May 05, 2008
Brandy,

I was just watching the weather channel on the tornado that hit in 1999. I saw your husband and listened to him talk. I noticed him more at first because his name is Destry. My son and grandson are also named Destry, not a very common name. He seemed such a caring, gentle man on screen and his persona seemed to scream HERO. I came in to my computer during a commercial to look up his name, thought I might e-mail him, tell him what an impression he made on me during those few minutes. I was stunned to read that he was gone. My heart goes out to you and your family, to Destry's family and to all those that knew him. You are all in my prayers. God bless and keep you
March 24, 2008
Destry,
Two years.... wow. I can't tell you how much I miss you. I am now an EMT, Brandy made fun of me the other day because I was messing with the veins in her feet, something she said you did. I have gone to church with them a few times. I think of you everytime I go because I can picture you up there singing and dancing. I look at pictures of you all the time and it sill seems like yesterday. I remember the good times and I always smile. Its an honor to be your niece. I miss you and love you deeply.
March 03, 2008
Brandy and girls
I am very sorry for your loss. Destry was a very great man and i had the pleasure of working with him on occassion. He was the best medic and firefighter i ever knew what him and his partner did was very brave. Just remember that one day you guys will all see him again. I will never forget how much he has made an impacted my life and my families life. May God be with you and your girls!
March 01, 2008
Sweetheart,

Today it's officially 730 days since I heard your voice. I can't believe that it's already been 2 years since the accident. Time has gone by but yet it seems as though the accident was just a few months ago.

With each passing day, I know that I am one day closer to seeing you again. I've often sat and thought about what your doing and who all you've seen and because our time is not Gods time...I've wondered if you've made it to the throne room of God yet! I always thought that we would walk through the gates together but I guess that God has other plans. I wonder what your reaction was when you stepped into GLORY! Oh how I long for that day where we will forever be with the Lord and stand in his presence for eternity!

With each day that passes...my love for you continues to grow and your not even here. I think that it's because my relationship with the Lord has changed and is stronger then it was 2 years ago; and when you love the Lord with everything in you....your love for others just kind of spills out.

As time goes by for the month of March...I remember every detail of every moment...your voice for the last time, the last look you gave me as you stood in the hallway...you turned to look once last time and gave me a smile and a wink. Right down to the very last moment your heart stopped and I lost a part of me that I will never get back. I thank God for the 24 days that I had with you and I am so grateful for the very last conversation I had in the wee hours of Friday morning, the 24th. I was able to say all the things that I needed to and you responded by moving your legs. I remember looking into your eyes and knowing that we were gonna be okay. I miss you sweety and not a minute goes by that I don't think of you and what our life would be like had you not gone home to be with the Lord just yet!

We love you and miss you everyday! I know that one day I will look upon your face again...see your smile, your blue eyes, and your precious laugh!! Until we meet again, I will just say..."See you later!"
February 14, 2008
Honey,

Today is Valentine's Day and it's a bittersweet day for me! We always tried to see who come up w/the best idea for today and I miss that. I am keeping myself busy w/the girls parties but just a little down. I just wish you knew how much we missed you! You are never far from my mind...I love you so much!

Today....My Valentine may be far away, but God is always with me....Matt. 28:20
I have this promise and I will hold onto that and I know that with each passing day...it's just one more day closer to our reunion in heaven! I love you Destry...your amazing man of God, wonderful father, and truly indescribable Husband!
January 09, 2008
The countdown to Destry continues.....Well the last time I signed this guestbook was about a year ago so we're 1 year closer to seeing destry again.......
November 28, 2007
Well Des,
To this day, I just dont get it, Why would God take a man like you from a world that needed you. Growing up with you was a privelege that I only recently recognized. You were the most consistent, genuine true friend, that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You had a true, real focus on what was really important in life, and never strayed. You made a mark on the world, long before your passing. And in your passing, the difference you made will only grow larger. There was probably a 10 year gap in the last time I saw you, to the previous time, and at the gas pumps at Hop and Sack, you came over to me, gave me a hug and asked me how my life was. Our conversation was short, but I thought we had got caught up pretty current. But little did I know the extent of the difference you had made in this community. Just like you though Des, humble, dont need no credit, you were fulfilled in the action, not the accolades. I hope to see you in heaven some day, and maybe play that round of golf we were supposed to go play. Until then, I will always keep you in my thoughts and I will always keep Brandy and the girls in my prayers, and offer my support to them in anway I can, anytime. Some day your story will be told my friend, the way you left may be the headline, the way you lived will make a difference.
October 27, 2007
I only met destry a few times, and those few times were enough to know that he was a very special man. My husband graduated with destry from rush springs, and he has told me a number of stories about how caring and courageous he was. I want you to know you are all still in my prayers, and we love you!
March 30, 2007
Honey,
Today is the day I layed your precious body to rest. I can't believe that it has already been a year since my life was forever changed. I have often wondered what you were doing in heaven, who all you've seen, and how it feels to be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. You're constantly in my thoughts and yes, even in my prayers. You would be so very proud of your babies; they are getting so big. Each and everyday, I see more of you in them. They speak of you, what seems like, every second, of every day. I would hope that you would be proud of me and the job of trying to be their mother and now their father. I am constantly reminding them of things you did for them and the great love that you had and still have for them.

I know many people can't understand why this happpened and the purpose God brought about. But this I can tell you, if for no one else, you have made me a better christian and I strive to be the very best that I can be each and everyday. I am raising our daughters to do and be the same.

We love you and long to see you soon! Please know that I love you with everything that's in me!! I am forever yours!! We know God has a plan!
February 25, 2007
Well Destry you will never know the impact you made on my life. You are a person I looked up too. When we were at rookie school man me and you connected like brothers. And about the time you passed away I was haveing shoulder surgery and couldn't make it to you funeral. I still have some pictures of you and you daughters in the the swimming pool I would like to give you. I love your family like it was my own. I love you brother and look foward to seeing you in heaven. For some reason I cry just about every night for the loss of you . But heaven gained one heck of a man. Brother there is not a day I go by without thinking of you..I went to see the memorial and it was more than I could handle. Brother I miss you just like a family member. But I know you are in a wonderful place singing praises wifh our father. Just wait for me and my entire family to meet you at the gates. My how I long for those days.
Your Loving Brother,
AFD 736
Brent Bailey
January 07, 2007
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this,that a man lay down his life for his friends." KJV
These are pretty powerful words to anyone who reads them. They are even more powerful to those who live by them. Destry was a father,a husband,a brother,a son,a firefighter and one of my dearest friends.To be blessed with that many titles in life is a gift. To know how to jungle them in all the right ways is a tremendous task on it's own.However Destry could handle it even if it meant having only mere seconds between one title and the next. To everyone that knows Destry you can understand what a blessing he was to be around.To the countless lives of individuals that Destry touched you know what it's like to be blessed by an Angel. To the many of folks who did not know him all I can say is 'you missed out". You missed out on that goofy laugh he had, watching him jump sky high when you goosed him, and knowing when you seen him what the word "Friend" really meant.
The above Bible verse is one that many Firefighters can relate too. Firefighters are usaully only talked about when we have a highway shut down, asking for a pay raise,or responding to your home and then we didn't get there fast enough! See to be a firefighter is not something you do, it's something you are. Destry not only saved lives as a firefighter, he also saved them with his awesome ability and love for Jesus Christ. I personally feel that he has saved more lives than he knows about and in more ways than he could have possibly believed. He helped me re-ignite my love and belief in Jesus Christ. If I have learned anything from him over these past months it is this."Love the Lord like your going to meet him tommorrow,Love your family like you'll never see them again". And if you don't know Jesus personally take the time to asked Him into your heart!
Do I miss my friend, very much! However each time I grab the handle on the side of that firetruck and pull myself up inside I know he is there with me. Everyone will carry a special memory with them about Destry for ever. As long as those memories are in our hearts Destry will be there too.
December 04, 2006
I had the honor and privelage of being Destry's wife. I loved Destry since I was 6 years old. He was and still is an amazing man of God, husband, and father. I see him in everything that our two precious daughters do. When they laugh, run, and even when they cry. I am so thankful that I was able to have a piece of him that I will be able to keep, raise, and watch them grow into strong women of God that Destry can and is proud of.

For those of you who don't know him, you missed out on a true gift from God. His smile and laugh could light up a room. Destry and I never had a fight during our entire marriage....just a few disagreements here and there...mostly on my part, but he would just stand there and laugh at me. He would laugh at me until I started laughing myself then the arguement was over.

In times like these, it has made me realize what is most important in life. I hug my girls a little longer and cherish bedtime stories and prayers so much more. I make sure that they know their daddy and mommy love them very much. I hang onto the memories of Destry and the little things that he did for me and I am sooooooo thankful and proud to be his wife. The simple things of just holding his hand and listening to him breath next to me on the couch are things I miss everyday, or when he carried our children to bed and laid across them and said a prayer over them while they slept. When I think of him, it's bittersweet....for he is where we all want to be.

Destry's cry was for souls to be saved, because he knew all sinners are saved by grace. The grace that only comes from our Lord and Savior. I hope that in some way his life has changed you and made you a better person and hopefully made you think of where you will spend eternity. Destry always said, "if one soul is saved from my life, it's worth all the pain I go through for Christ. It's the least I can do, for what he did for me!"

No one can and will ever take Destry's place in my heart. Only God fills the void with his love and my children take up the rest. I thank God for Destry and the life that he lived and still lives, for he made me a better Christian, wife and mother.

I can never thank all of you for all you have done for my girls and I. "Thanks You" sounds to cheesy but it's all I can say. Through your love and words, it gives me strength to know that there are soooo many of you praying for us. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers everyday....God is helping us and I know that he hears your prayers, for we are making it everyday. I will pray that the Lord will bless you and your families 100 fold as you have blessed us. God bless you and thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

We love you,
The Horton Girls
November 26, 2006
I believe a man is very lucky if he gets the chance to know someone like Destry Horton.This world is filled with evil, pain and despair.
People like Destry are the ray's of light to us all.I was blessed to get to know Destry very well when I was younger.I went to high school and then college with Destry.He was one of the best friends that I've ever had.I wish that I could say that we had remained close over the years, but we didn't.I really only saw him at the watermelon festival.He was always at the ambulance and he always had a hug and a smile waiting for me.When I heard about Destry's accident I sat down and wrote a few words.Those words soon turned into a song.These words will never do him justice,but I'd like to share them.I couldn't decide on one title so I gave it two.I call it "THE HERO"(DESTRY'S SONG)
Destry was and will always be my hero, not for how he died, but for how he lived.

"THE HERO"(DESTRY'S SONG)

THE CALL CAME OUT OF NOWHERE
AND IT BROUGHT ME TO MY KNEES
THERE'S NOT MUCH A MAN CAN SAY
IN TIME'S LIKE THESE
THEY SAY IT'S ALMOST OVER
THEY SAY IT'S OUT OF THEIR HANDS
AND WHY THIS HAD TO HAPPEN
IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND
BUT SOME QUESTIONS DON'T HAVE ANSWERS
SOME THINGS WE'LL NEVER KNOW
QUESTIONS OF THE HEART
MATTERS OF THE SOUL
IN A WORLD FILLED WITH PEOPLE
WHO TURN AND WALK AWAY
IN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
THE HERO, HE REMAINS
NOW THEY GATHER AT HIS BEDSIDE
AND IN THE ROOM JUST DOWN THE HALL
WAITING ON THE NEWS
OH ANY NEWS AT ALL
THE BOW THEIR HEADS IN PRAYER
THERE'S NOTHING ELSE TO DO
BUT TO PRAY TO THE LORD
OH GOD PLEASE SEE HIM THROUGH
BUT SOME QUESTIONS DON'T HAVE ANSWERS
SOME THINGS WE'LL NEVER KNOW
QUESTIONS OF THE HEART
MATTERS OF THE SOUL
IN A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE
WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
IN THE MOMENT OF DOUBT
THE HERO, HE REMAINS
HEAVEN WAS CALLING
OUR HERO HAS FALLEN
AND THE DAY HAS COME
TO SAY GOODBYE
BUT EVEN AS WE WATCH HIM
AS WE WATCH HIM FLY AWAY
FOREVER IN OUR HEART'S
THE HERO, HE REMAINS

ALWAYS
November 23, 2006
destry was my uncle. he was a wonderful person. i want to thank everyone who's came to the site and wished my family well, and for all those whove prayed for us. we will keep you in our hearts always.
November 22, 2006
I'll miss you buddy and my heart goes out to your wife and children!
I have known Destry for almost 20 years and he will be sorely missed indeed.
Rest Well my good friend.
November 13, 2006
JDH

Not a day goes by and don't think about you in some way......

JT
October 20, 2006
I don't know the Horton family, but something told me to look for the Prayer Pagers website tonight..I had seen it a year or two ago, and felt called to look it up again tonight. On that page, I saw the request for prayers for Destry. There was a link for updates on him, so I followed it...hoping to read about his recovery. My heart fell when I learned what happened. My prayers go out to the friends and family of Destry Horton - even though I have never met any of you. Based on what I have read, Destry was (and will always be) loved. He sounds like a wonderful man, and I hope his memory lives on with all who knew him.
September 29, 2006
I knew Destry when he and Darin were little guys living with their dad in the white house on Hwy 81 just north of Rush Springs. I even baby-sat for them a couple of times. Destry's uncle, Justin Jones, was my very good friend and fellow student at RSHS when we graduated in 1978. Justin was always proud of his nephews.

My heart hopes you are healing as time has gone by. The healing never ends but does get better with time. I do know personally, as I lost my mom in a firey car crash on Hwy 81 just south of Chickasha on a cold winter day in 1982. I hope time is being kind to all of Destry's family and that your hearts are lightening with each passing day.

Continued prayers and Godspeed to all.
August 08, 2006
I am sooo sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like your husband was a great man and was respected by everyone that came in contact with him. My husband is a fireman and it terrifies me to let him go out on calls for this very reason. Now I see how much it can impact a persons life though. Your husband was a true hero. This has helped a great deal with my worries in some strange way. I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your girls. I also want you to know that YOU personally are an inspiration to me. I strayed away from the God when my church was closed down. I am going to start going back to church. It's hard to believe how God keeps us strong in trials like yours. God Bless, Keep the faith.
August 07, 2006
to the Horton famley. im sorry to hear your loss even though i didnt know him i know what your going through and if their is anything you or u famley need you all can just let me know and me and my fd will do any thing we can for you you all are in my prays
the MOUNT OLIVE FIRE AND RESCUE DEPT.
August 06, 2006
I am one of the medics that took care of Destry immediately following the incident. After meeting Destry on March 1, I can tell you that Destry was an inspiring person. The care he had for his family that day can never be truly explained. His love for his wife and daughters was what kept him going. He was so worried about them. My partner and I can never tell you how sorry we are for your loss. If you ever have any questions for us, please contact us through AMR Duncan. We will never forget Destry. Stephens County will never forget Destry.
August 05, 2006
My husband has been with the fire dept for 27 years. It has become his life and it has become his pride. When we first got married. His job was his first love and then I gradually became his first love. I came from a family of 3 kids, upon my marriage I became a part of a family that were in to the millions,just as you had became part of that family. Remember your firefighting family doesn't just stop at the dept your husband works for but it is over reaching to across the country, as you can see from our post. My husband, myself and my family extends you the deepest sympathy and sorrow for your lost. Don't forget as a member of our family, if you ever needed anything all you have to do is ask us and we shall see what we can do. *hugs*
August 05, 2006
To the Horton family, i would like to offer my condolences to you regarding the loss of Destry. I haven't gotten a chance to see the special on tv but im sure, judging by all the responses, he was a great man, again im sorry for your loss and may God be wuth you.
August 05, 2006
As a volunteer rural firefighter of 25 years I count myself thankful that I have never been burned on the fireground. This is a very sad occasion and it is with the deepest of sorrow that I offer the family and friends of Destry the condolences of not only myself and family, but that too of the Black River Rural Fire Brigade located in the tropical north of Australia.
May you rest in peace in the arms of St Florian on this, your greatest journey.
August 05, 2006
Being A volunterr FF myself in Oklahoma
I had heard a Great deal about him after
the incident Unfortunatly ,He was by every standard a Great and Upstanding man ,I am amazed reading through these He was a Prof FF ,Volunteer ff ,Sports Umpire ,And evidently Heavily involved in Church
and Known Nationwide What a Amazing Legacy! I am very sorry for your loss And our Loss as a State of this wonderful selfless man! I wish you Your family,And his Freinds and fellow firefighters Godspeed,We look to be moving back into the fires again even earlier this year us Firefighters (I am sure I speak for us all) While looking into the mouth of the monster again this year will hopefully have his courage and his spirit to look over us.. Once again I mourn for your loss.
August 02, 2006
i miss you every day buddy and this place isn't the same without you around.
July 20, 2006
Brandy – I think about you often and have called a few times to check on you and the girls. Keep staying busy and I’ll get you when the time is right.

Since the accident, I have told countless people – strangers, friends, family members and co-workers – that YOU are the strongest woman I have ever had the pleasure knowing. I hurts me to the core that our (firefighter’s wives) worst dream has become a reality for you.

I wrote you a card – that was not sent via mail – the week of Destry’s funeral. I just want you to know that I feel a strong bond between the two of us, I think because of our husbands. Spending summers in Rush Springs and just knowing Destry as we grew up, he and Stuart have much of the very same “kid-in-a-candy-store” enthusiasm for their jobs. And I’m glad Stu had the pleasure of meeting Destry and encouraging him in the fire service.

Destry’s life and your life continue to be shining examples of what we all should follow. Your passion for each other, your daughters and OUR LORD are POWERFUL. I told you in the hospital and at the gravesite that I wanted to be more like YOU. Destry is looking down more proud than ever before. Keep that strong-hold on Destry’s memory and spirit, the Lord and your girls.

Even in your time of struggle, you must know that YOU have ministered to so many. Please let me be of service to you – whatever you need.

Your friend,
July 18, 2006
We were shocked to see the "Memoriam to Mr. Horton" this week on storm stories. Our deepest sympathies for his family and children. May they know that his heroic deeds and service to others has not been forgotten. God be with you during this time of sadness.
July 18, 2006
I saw 'Storm Stories' episode about the tornadoes in Oklahoma in 1999, & Destry's part in the story about the Father,& his daughter who thought they had lost the daughters's baby in the storm.
Destry seemed to be such a caring person. Our world suffers with the loss of such a person as he.
May God give you(Mrs. Horton & children) the strength and understanding to be able to survive the loss of your husband, and father. May God give you enough insight to maintain your faith in life everlasting, & in the comforting thought & belief that you will meet Destry again one day.
July 17, 2006
Dear Horton family, my condolences to you all on the loss of Destry. I just saw the Weather Channel episode about Battle Creek and it showed what a wonderful, caring person he was and how he could put other people's safety before his own. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.
July 17, 2006
I was very shocked to see the memoriam for Destry Horton after the Storm Stories clip. I too ran to my computer and read the news stories and blogs people had written. I am so sorry for your loss. He seemed a very dedicated father and husband. God Bless You.
May 08, 2006
I don't know really where to start. Destry and I were very close friends for several years. I met him while he was working in Farmington NM and we stayed in contact while we were both living in Tx. I was in Abilene and he was in Dallas. I was watching storm stories the other night with my mom, and was so excited to see his face. It has been a few years since we last saw each other and I am so sadden by this. He was such a fun and loving person and his spirit could out shine and fill a room anywhere. I want to tell his family how they are all in my prayers and in my thoughts. God and heaven are only so lucky to have him there with them. I will always hold him close to my heart, and he will always be one of my dearest friends. God Bless, Michelle Pruett (Texas Girl).
May 07, 2006
Dear Horton Family,

I had just finished watching Storm Stories and saw it was dedicated in the memory of Destry. So I looked it up on the internet. I was very touched by your story because I myself am married to a firefighter from Springfield, Illinois and we have three children. I am sure that it is hard to find comfort in anything anyone says right now but know that people all over are praying for your healing and peace of mind and the Lord will be with you every step of the way. One of my inspirational calendar pages says "Even when the anwers don't come, if we can vent our grief, healing oozes almost unnoticed into our lives." - I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

God Bless, Michelle Forbes, New Berlin, Illinois
May 06, 2006
Unfortunately I have only had the chance to see Destry on television during the tornado broadcast. His efforts touched me and I couldn't believe it when after the program there was a memorandum about him. I jumped online hoping to find something such as this. I am so incredibly sorry for Destry's family and wish them the best during this horrible time. Destry sure sounds like an American Hero and I know you are all very proud. God bless you all...
May 06, 2006
I just finished watching Storm Stories on the Weather Channel about a tornado which occurred in Okla. Destry Horton was interviewed. The end of the program showed it to be dedicated to the memory of Destry Horton but gave no details. A check of the Internet revealed that Mr. Horton had died while fighting a wildfire as a volunteer firefighter.

I did not know Mr. Horton but felt very moved by his death under the circumstances.

I simply want his family to know that another stranger has been touched by his ultimate sacrifice. My prayers are with you all. God is with you always.
May 06, 2006
I would like to express to the family my deepest sympathies, but know that he is in God's gracious grace now as he layed down his life for a friend, and no greater love is there than that. My fiancee and I saw him on the weather channel story concerning the F*5 tornado that hit Bridge Creek, and how his concern for the family getting medical help was shown. Then to our suprise we saw the dedication to his life was shown for that story, so I knew he had died for his fellow man I just knew it. I am so sorry for your loss, but know that he will look over you and help you and wants you to be happy and live again :):)

Sharon Turner and Frank Rogers
April 16, 2006
Brandy, Brandy, Brandy......I just do not know what to say.......I have read alllll of these wonderful things that people have written and cried over everyone of them and they have said it all....I will truly miss the excitement that I could always see in Destry's eyes when he would talk about things....he was so full of energy about everything.....I know someday God and time will heal your broken heart......it will take time for us all.....I know the first year is the hardest cause you are always thinking.....this is the first whatever without Destry.....I did this with my mom, dads, grandparents so I know from experience that after that first year the healing really begins......so hang in there and trust God to help you thru that healing time.....and in years to come you will find happiness again and things will be GREAT when we all get to Heaven to see Destry again.......you know where we are if you ever need us....just come or call........your Aunt Ann and Uncle Stan
April 16, 2006
Brandy and girls,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you in these hard days, keep God first and hold on to the memories.
April 14, 2006
To The Girls, I will keep you and your Mother in my Prayers Daily,
April 13, 2006
Destry Horton Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family. While it is so true that all volunteers are caring and selfless, we believe it is especially so for volunteer firefighters. The time they sacrifice, the physical and mental hardships they endure, are oftentimes much greater than is realized. They do what they do purely out of love and concern for everyone in the community. Like so many full-time firefighters, Destry dealt with the dangers and stresses of firefighting on a daily basis and still volunteered his off-duty time to protect property and lives. This is truly an amazing example of service to and concern for our community. Destry has made the ultimate sacrifice to protect all of us and is a true hero, just as he was each and every time he responded to our requests for help. Thank you and your family for sharing such a person with us all. All of you will always be in our thoughts and prayers, each and every day. God bless you.
April 07, 2006
Brandy:
I am so glad that Destry was apart of our family. I know that Roger and I didn't get to spend much time with Destry but the times we shared over the holidays and at the singings were memorable. You have been a blessing to me watching you grow mature in every aspect especially spiritually. I admire your strength and your faith through all of this. I am proud, just like you to have the family that we have. I will miss Destry but we have the faith to know that one day we will some him again made whole and new. I love you and the girls and will always be here for all of you. You will have your good and bad days but always remember you have lots of support from your family and friends.
Destry even in his death is still ministering to people. His life has forever changed other's lives. Roger and I love you and the girls and pray for you daily.

With lots of love
Your cousin
Tammy
April 07, 2006
Brandy and Family.

I would like you to know that I am still praying for your family. Even though I never knew Deatery,I belive he was a true man of GOD, and a true Hero.
April 06, 2006
"Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another."
April 05, 2006
Brandy,

You and Destry changed my life. It is funny when we are growing up and we know so many people we go to school and church with and we probably never think about how our lives or theirs will be in years to come. I know I never did. I went to church with you since you were a baby. I watched you grow up but I was so much older so I was gone from Rush Springs before your life really began. Kathy always kept me up to date about everyone. I moved back last fall and I was thrilled that you were helping teach Caleb. He really loves you. He has missed you so. All the kids have. You are such a blessing as a teacher to any parent.

When Destry had his accident I was not in church at all. I was not living for the Lord at all. I went to church that following Sunday after hearing about you and your family's faith. I rededicated my life to the Lord and I will never fail him again. We can be raised in church and still go astray. I am proof of that. I was so proud of you for your display of faith at the ceremony. I wish I had the faith you and your family portrayed that day. You are a blessing to many. Destry was a blessing to many people. I know he made a real difference in many peoples lives. He was a hero not only as a fireman but as a "Man of God" as well. We are praying for you and the girls and both families.
April 05, 2006
My 8 year old daughter made a card for Mr. Horton three days before he passed away. I would like to share her words: "Dear Mr. Horton,
Thank you for risking your life fighting fires for me and other people everywhere. I'm so sorry you are hurt. We will pray for you every night. And even though I've never met you, I love you so much. Thank you for saving our house. You are my Hero! Your friend, Lilly Davis on Fuller Road, Empire"
April 04, 2006
Destry was our wonderful son, and we are so grateful for all the support and prayers for his family, especially his wife Brandy, and children Kiley and McKenzie, and his brother Darin. Destry was a blessing to all who knew him, passionate about serving others, generous, gifted with a beautiful voice, and loved the Lord with all his heart. He exemplified the 'fruit of the Spirit'-Galatians 5:22-23, "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." I thank my Lord and Savior for the time he let us have Destry. What a privilege! What a son, brother, father, husband, uncle, cousin, friend, and above all, a man who loved God and served Him with gladness!! Your mother who loves you so much,
April 04, 2006
Brandy, You know my true feelings for Destry. He was a wonderful person and was a gift to each & everyone one in my family. May God bless you & heal your heart. We love you!!!
April 03, 2006
God Bless you and the lives you touched. May god be with you and your family during this time of need. Let the Firefighter Brotherhood live forever...
April 03, 2006
To the Family: My son is a diabetic and I remember Destry Horton coming with the fireman when we had an emergency. We haven't lived in Chickasha very long when we first met this kind man. He was the first one who felt my son had pneumonia. He saved many lives and my son was one of them. My youngest son and I remember how very nice he was to us and very VERY kind to my son who was ill. He had so much kindness in his eyes and so much GOD in him and Patience. I know first hand how wonderful this man was even under stress and dealing with Emergencies. I am so thankful Mr. John Destry Horton crossed our path, how wonderful he was. I promise as soon as we can, we will be sending the Fire Chief, an undisclosed amount of money to start or help with a MEMORIAL to Destry. He is watching out for his fellow brothers/fireman and his family. You all have a wonderful Guardian Angel on your shoulders.
April 03, 2006
Brandi,
I just wanted to let you no that i am prayin for you. Destery was such a great friend. He always talked to me about bein a fireman. and he always said I had a callin on my life to helo people. I will miss him so much. stay strong and no that i love you and the girls. Destrey was just like one of my brothers. He was always there if i needed someone to talk to him. He was a man of god and i respect him so much for that
April 02, 2006
Brandi,
I want to extend my deepest sympathy for you and your family. I only knew Destry and you in passing, but both of you are hereos to me. Destry simply for who he was and perfoming his job to the fullest and you Brandi for the amount of courage and strength you have shown during this sad time. From one fireman's wife to another, I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers always.
April 02, 2006
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep your faith in god and he will lead you through this very difficult time.
April 01, 2006
My heart goes out to your family. May God give you strength and peace in this time of grief. Destry was a brave man and an example for us all in his service to his community.
April 01, 2006
Brandy- I dont even know where to start.I remember when Destry first became a fireman...i was still little and i remember growing up watching him become one of the best firemen i have ever seen. It hurt so much for me to be stuck over here and not there. I looked up to Destry so much,an excellent father,fireman,and man of God! I dont have enough room to write in here what i feel about Destry and the ways he touched my life! Know that we love you and your family and that all of us are praying for you guys from Iraq!!!
April 01, 2006
my deepest sympathy goes out to you and yours
April 01, 2006
Brandy, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you that I am thankful for the time that I have known you and Destry. My life has been richer for the testimony Destry lived every day. I remember the first time he got up and sang Thank You for Giving to the Lord and how blessed I was. He had a calling and wasn't afraid to step out and use that calling for the glory of God. He's touched my life and I can't begin to tell you how he's touched the lives of my boys. Ricky was so proud to give him is first job on the fire department and always says what an awesome fireman he was. Take care and know that we pray for you and the girls daily. We love you and was touched by your love for Destry and your words of love for him at the ceremony. It took great courage to stand on faith for his miracle, but know always he has his miracle...he has a glorified body. We love you and the girls...Rick and Kathy
April 01, 2006
god bless you and your children and your husband who gave his life for others.you will all be in our prayers.
April 01, 2006
Brandy and girls, So very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Destry terribly. Your faith in God will see you through. Peggy
April 01, 2006
My sympathy and prayers are with the family of Destry Horton. On reading the wonderful things written about him here, I remember an old Cherokee proverb: "When you are born, you cry and the world rejoices. Live your life so when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice". It seems to me this young man has lived his life in this way. I am believer that one is never completely gone until they are forgotten. There are so many who loved and respected Destry, he will be "with us" for a long, long time. My sincere condolences to Brandy and the girls and with Destry's Mother, Jeri, and the rest of the family.
April 01, 2006
Brandy, you and your family are in our prayers. Be strong and rely on the Lord for your strength.
March 31, 2006
As public servants we place our lives on the line on a continual basis. Unfortunately we do not always feel like we are appreciated for the job we do. In our line of work we rely on self gratification and praise from our peers, to be assured of a job well done. You died in the line of duty protecting others and answering the call for help of total strangers. Be rest assured that my fellow brother is seated next to the right hand of the lord for the commitment he made to helping others in need, which to the lord was very much appreciated.
March 31, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to all the Family and Friends of John Destry Horton! I met Destry five years ago when we started officiating basketball together, but our relationship transcended as we shared many intimate conversations about our past, present and future! Indeed he was heroic and courageous but above all he was loving and compassionate. He spoke often of his family and friends and never ever failed to tell Brandy that he loved her when they spoke on the phone. Destry always saw the best in people and was eternally optimistic. For those of you that did not know him you missed an opportunity to meet an incredible man. And for those of you that did, we were truly blessed!

Destry~
I was looking at our past BB schedule from November through February and I counted 27 missed opportunities to tell you how I felt about you and our relationship. I know you heard me as I stood by your bedside, but just in case….. I Love You and I am proud that you are my friend. I will do my best to see you again, so keep your whistle wet and we will call that State Championship one day, just like we always dreamed!

Your Partner, Friend and Brother in Christ!
March 31, 2006
God bless you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in your time of loss.
March 31, 2006
Brandy, I am so very sorry for your lost. May God bless you and your girls. My son, Brad Maples worked with Destry at the Chickasha Fire Department. I am thankful for the short time that God allowed him to be a part of his life.Destry touched my son's heart, as he did everyone's. My son is a richer man today for just knowing Destry. May you find peace.
March 31, 2006
DESTRY AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN IN MY PRAYERS SINCE 3-7-06. THAT IS WHEN I RECEIVED A PRAYER REQUEST FROM MY FRIEND RANDY STEVENS.
AS A FRIEND OF RANDY’S AND A RETIRED VOLUNTEER FF MYSELF, I OFFER MY DEEPEST AND SINCERE SYMPATHY.
YOUR FAMILY CONTINUES TO BE IN MY PRAYERS.
March 31, 2006
I knew Destry when he lived in Norman with his mother Jerri. We were in 5th grade. When I would walk to school, Jerri and Destry would pick me up and let me ride in their car. Destry was an exceptionally nice boy. Never once when I was growing up did I ever have one bad thought about Destry. He always took his time to say hello to me when we would see each other. In the summertime when he was visiting Rush Springs, Jerri let my brother and I jump on his trampolene. It is an honor to have known Destry even though it was so long ago when we were kids. I am so sorry for your loss.


Sincerely,
Kristy Fink-Moses
former neighbor and childhood friend.
Blanchard, Ok
March 31, 2006
You are in are thoughts and prayers
(The Bratcher's)
March 31, 2006
Mrs. Horton:
I will pray for you and your children every day for God to give you strength during this difficult time. I know that Destry is in heaven watching over all of the people he loved and touched during his life. I never met him but I know that I feel safer because there is another angel in heaven and someday I can thank him for all he has done. God bless you and your children.
March 31, 2006
Remember to lean on God in this time. May he bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow.
March 31, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My husband, Bob Lindstrom is the Fire Chief at Will Rogers World Airport and he was at the funeral Thursday. His Assistant Chief was also there. He was so saddened to hear of a fellow fire fighter's death but yet we know how strong Destry's Faith was in God and are celebrating his new life in Heaven where there is no pain or suffering. God has chosen to bring him home. We know that as strong as your Faith is He will see you through. Our love to you and your family.
March 31, 2006
Brandy,I cannot begin to say in words how sorry I am for you and your precious girls about Destry's going home to be with our Lord, but in the same breath I also know he is worshiping at His feet, dancing and making Him laugh as he did so many of us here on Earth.
Brandy, you have been an inspiration to me with your strength and courage through all of this. You have let your faith and love for God show through. I hope you continue to allow God to "carry" you thru until your heart is completely healed. Please remember you are and always will be a part of our Chickasha Firefighter Family. We love you, Brenda and Richard Prather.
March 31, 2006
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
March 31, 2006
Dear Loved Ones of Destry: At Times Like These We Need a Savior, and comfort is hard to find. An obviously vibrant life is gone away but the vibrant spirit is still with us and will remain always and forever. I prayed so hard for Destry to be healed totally. I never met him but wish I could have. My love and prayers are with all of you, always. Mary B. Vancouver, WA
March 31, 2006
Dear Brandy, daughters and family, You and your family have been in our hearts and prayers since the day of the wildfire. We will continue to keep you in our hearts and prayers. We did not know Destry personally, but got to know him through my sister and brother in law (Dave & Tina Wright). What a Godly man he was to those who knew him. Oklahoma has been blessed to have had such a man, as Destry, to protect our state by his heroic act of giving the ultimate (his life) to save the lives of others. Destry will always be remembered as a hero and will not be forgotten. May God Bless you Brandy and your family in the days to come and give you comfort and peace.
Philipians 4:7,
In Him,
March 31, 2006
Our prayers are with you and the families. We lived in Marlow several years ago and had the privilege of knowing the Horton family and other relatives. We are so thankful for Destry's Christian testimony and his heart for others. God Bless You All, With God's Love and prayers, Shena and Joe Layn
March 31, 2006
Thank God for men like Destry Horton. They make this world a better place to live in.

God Bless
March 31, 2006
God Bless your family and our prayers are with you.Thank you for all that you have done for this profession and your girls will always know their daddy was a hero!!!
March 31, 2006
I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my families prayers. May God Bless you and hold you and your girls tight.
March 31, 2006
In the Bible it says that we have a great crowd of witnesses, looking down on us. I believe that they are the ones that have gone on before us and that they are cheering us on until it's our time to come too, if we know the Lord. I think Destry will join those who cheer us on now. He just seems to be that kind of person. Our prayers are with you and your family and we know from experience that you can make it, even through the darkest days, if you ask God for help. I know that you have and that you will continue. Rest assured that many people's prayers will be there for you. We are so sorry that it turned out this way, but there is victory in the future.
March 31, 2006
God bless your family in your loss.
March 31, 2006
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
March 31, 2006
Brandy and girls: We had the privilege of meeting you at Lake Texoma last year when you were visiting Justin and Kara. I thought then what a nice family and such lovely girls. When we heard of the accident our prayers and thoughts were immediately with you as they are today. Justin's grandmother who is 94 years old could only talk about how nice Destry was and that he would come over early in the morning and drink coffee with her on the porch while everyone else slept. He touched lives in every way that you may never know but God has truly welcomed a WONDERFUL MAN AND HERO into Heaven's gates. May God Bless you during this time and give you comfort.
March 31, 2006
We are sincerely sorry for the passing of Mr. Horton. May God Bless all of you in this difficult time. Now Mr. Horton's soul is free, and he is basking in the warmth and love of our GOD ALMIGHTY! Our love, support and prayers are with you.
March 31, 2006
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HOLD STEADY AND BE STRONG AND LET GOD LEAD YOU TO HIS QUIET PLACE. MAY YOUR PRIDE OVERCOME ANY SORROW. DESTRY IS WITH HIS LORD AND GODS GARDEN HAS GAINED ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL FLOWER. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU
March 31, 2006
my thoughts are with the family of one of the finest oklahomans the state ever produced. god bless
March 31, 2006
Though we did not know Mr. Horton, we have known other firefighters during our lives. We honor and want to give Mrs. Horton our deepest respect for her family's lose. All firefighters, knowingly, will give their life in order to protect our lives and belongings. May God easy your grief and bless you.
Our thought and prayers.
Sincerely,
The Eppersons
March 31, 2006
Thank you for allowing your husband to protect other's families. Duncan will FOREVER be grateful for the sacrifices that were made that dreary day. We are so very sorry for your lose, and Destry will always be remembered as a hero for Stephens county. May the good Lord be with you and your children.
March 31, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.
March 31, 2006
Mr Horton is a true hero in every sense of the word. My prayers to his wife and daughters and his extended family including his fellow firefighters. Remember his spirit, and all the good memories and just know you will see him again.
March 31, 2006
BRANDY,
WE JUST WANTED TO LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I KNOW THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. I CAN GUARANTEE THAT DESTRY IS SMILING DOWN ON YOU AND YOUR GIRLS. MAY THE COMFORT AND BLESSING OF THE LORD BE UPON YOU. HE IS STILL A FIREFIGHTER THAT IS HELPING THE LORD OUT IN MANY WAYS. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS.
March 31, 2006
In memory of Destry Horton who left this earth on March 24, 2006

( A poem )

The shooting star that streaks across the diamond dappled sky,
Is the firefighter hero, my sweetheart,
As the tears run from my eyes.

To describe a man like Destry,
is impossible for me,
His love for his family, so obvious,
He was all a daddy could be.

Destry was so down to earth,
It's so hard to believe he is gone,
He is now in the arms of Jesus,
Yet he had to go alone.

You said that you'd always be there,
When the yellow road turned blue,
Well, Destry, the time has come,
And we are already missing you.

We will always remember your beautiful smile,
The love you gave to all,
You soared beside the still waters,
When you heard your Master's call.

You rode into the sunset,
The way firefighters do,
Kylie and McKenzie are searching,
Their thoughts running back to you.

The trail soon fades,
but left behind, gleaming in the dust,
The memory of our Destry Horton,
And so you are to us....


We miss you more than words can ever say....

Love, Brandy, Kylie, McKenzie, and your tapestry of relatives, friends, and fellow firefighters.

Poem written by:

Ali Shaw
Bethany, OKlahoma

"Peace be with you"

March 25, 2006
March 31, 2006
God bless you and your family. Destry will always be watching over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 31, 2006
Fireman are a different breed living by a different standard. Always looking for the greater good and ways they can be apart of it.
We thank Destry and his family for their service. And extend our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
STILLWATER REGIONAL AIRPORT RESCUE
March 31, 2006
Destry is a hero. He will never be forgotten. My prayers are with his family. He is in a far better place. He is waiting for us to join him. God needs him too.
March 31, 2006
To the family of Destry Horton,
God needed Destry more than this old world did and we only get to visit our loved ones for a short time.I know nothing anyone says will ease the pain you feel,it's never easy loosing a loved one. We can all rest assured that God in his Kingdom will care for Destry with love and compassion as he will also be with you in your time of sorrow.One day soon we shall all meet in heaven.Destry is not gone he is just away for a short time waiting on you to one day join him in a much better place.Prayers go out to you to ease your pain.May God Bless and keep you always in his arms.
March 31, 2006
May God bless you and your family
March 31, 2006
My family's thoughts and prayers are with you. It is always sad when someone is taken prematurely. I did not know Destry, but I am sure that he was a great man, and he died doing what he loved to do, helping people. Thank you so much for your husband and all others like him that are willing to give their own lives for those in need. GOD bless!
March 31, 2006
Brandy,
hello brandy i really didnt know destry that well but i new that he needed all the help he could get so that is why i started the funds at school. Even though Rush is a small town they have a big heart i couldnt have done it without them .i just wanted to tell you that god will walk you through this . he will help you and the family get through this .but if i can do anything just tell me .you will be in my prayers

I LOVE YOU

you will be in my prayers
March 31, 2006
Many here have called you Hero based on what they’ve heard about you. But I have seen your good works. I was with you when tried everything possible to make a difference in that young boys life on that dark highway north of Lindsay. When others had given up hope, you pressed on with determination. You gave a moment of hope to those parents and reassured them that everything that could be done, was taking place right there. Your family has good reason to be so proud of you. I’m going to miss those times we spent hanging out at the station in Lindsay playing our guitars and singing worship songs. I am blessed to have known you as friend, co-worker, and brother in Christ. I am thankful for the short time that God allowed us to be a part of your life. Someday we’ll meet again, until then you will hold the place of Hero in my heart. So long friend…
March 31, 2006
are thought and prayers are with you and yours .
March 31, 2006
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Destry is a hero in a lot of peoples eyes.
March 31, 2006
I most deeply respect the principles of your life. I grieve for your family. May God hold them and the Angels caress them in their warm loving wings -- enveloped in the love, compassion and faith which you lived by. May they seek to rediscover a desire for life as you displayed by example. God Bless you Destry -- I never met you but we share so much. Respectfully, Lillie
March 31, 2006
No greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends. Our thoughts and prayers are you in this time of sadness.
March 30, 2006
The thoughts and prayers of the Ripley Fire Dept. and of the Oklahoma FOOLS go out to the friends and family of Destry. We will never forget our fallen brother.
March 30, 2006
I am an Engineer/Paramedic for the Sherman Fire Dept. in Sherman, Tx. I am also a member of our Honor Guard and was priveledged to be able to attend the memorial service for Destry on Thursday. I attended with 4 other members and was deeply moved by the outpouring of love and devotion at the service. At the end of the service, I felt as though I had known Destry my whole life. After listening to the words of encouragement by his friends, coworkers and family, I found myself wishing that I had known him. The words by his wife will stay in my heart forever. The bravery she must have had to be able to stand up to honor her mate was incredible. I pray you all find comfort in the coming days and lean on God. May God bless you all.
March 30, 2006
Brandy,
You and Destry have touched the lives of many people throughout the country.
Destry died a hero and will be a guardian angel for you and your precious girls. Nothing or no one can ease your pain but I am sure Destry would want you to accept the love and care your family and friends have for you. I know your family and friends are also grieving and I pray together you will find comfort.
Destry was not only a fellow firefighter and best friend to my son Brian, he was like a brother. I am sorry I never had the privilege of meeting him.
You and Destry are an inspiration to us all. Our prayers are with you, your family and friends.
March 30, 2006
Brandy & family,
I had the priviledge of meeting Destry while I visited your church in Chickasha. His light was shining bright as he was leading the singing there. His love for his Lord was so evident. Have faith that he is walking the streets of gold and leading songs for the best of the best. God Bless and keep you & your precious daughters in his loving arms.
March 30, 2006
From my family to yours...may God comfort you and give you stregnth through this difficult time.
March 30, 2006
Destry will be greatly missed! A hometown hero who never gave up on anything or anybody. I am glad I got to know him! We are going to miss you brother. Your in our prayers and thoughts.
March 30, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
May God bless you and your family.
March 30, 2006
Brandy & Girls,

Hold each other and God close. Destry was a HERO and will always be remembered. He will live on thru those girls and after reading this guest book, thru many other people also. Just know God is holding him in his arms and he is no longer in pain. You will meet again when it is time. My love to your family.
March 30, 2006
March 30, 2006
The thoughts and prayers of the entire staff of Will Rogers World Airport Fire Department and Local 3694 are with the Horton family and the Chickasha Fire Department during this tragic time. You will truly be missed Destry! Your brothers will remember you always!
March 30, 2006
Im originally from Rush Springs and Me and my family would like to give our deepest sympathy.
Carolyn Fento
March 30, 2006
From our volunteer firefighter family to yours, please accept our condolences. We are deeply sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and your family always.
March 30, 2006
Our hearts our with the family and friends of Destry. We did not know him personaly, but have heard so many nice things about him. He seemed like such a wonderful person.
March 30, 2006
Our heartfelt prayers are with all of Destry’s family. I only knew Destry as a little boy, he was a friend of my youngest brother Harry Landsaw, Destry was such a special kid! I know, through the stories of my family and others, that he became an incredible young man! I pray for all the love and comfort of Jesus to surround you and give you peace! I tried to put my thoughts into a poem honoring Destry and the example his walk with the Lord has given to thousands upon thousands!

A Poem for Destry:

He created a boy
With a wonderful grin.
Running, climbing,
Guns holstered in his belt.
To know him was to love him
He’d make your heart melt.

Courage and faith within him
Were molded and formed.
For only God knew,
Of the lives he’d transform.
Loving him all along,
As this boy became a man.

“Love one another”
This servant did abide.
His integrity, his character
God did not hide.
It was visible to all around,
Fruit of the spirit in him abound.

God held him so lovingly
In the palm of His hand,
Destry, His child
This beacon of light
Touched so many others
To God’s glorious sight!
March 30, 2006
May God comfort you during this time of need and during the long days and lonely nights. Keep God first in your life. May God keep his hands on you and your girls until he calls you home to be with Destry.
March 30, 2006
May God bless your family through this hard time. I thank you for your bravery and service. I dont know you or your family but you have touched my heart in a tremendous way. My prayers go out to the family and children of Destry Horton.

Jason
New Hope Volunteer Fire Department
March 30, 2006
It is so hard to express our true feelings when such a wonder young man has given his life for the safety of others. He accomplished so much in such a short lifetime. He will be missed by many people. And we are all so proud of him and his friend Larry Crabb(also include all firefighters and emergency personnel). Our hearts feel the pain for his wife (Brandy) and their beautiful daughters. Sharon and John Conine and Joshua
March 30, 2006
God Bless you Destry Horton. You are now with God, and forever in His protection. I pray for God to be with your family at this tragic time and comfort them. Selflessly you gave your life to protect others.
March 30, 2006
I did not have the privilege of knowing Destry, but I have friends who did. By their praise and admiration I know he will be missed.

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me." The Lord replied, "My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I Carried You."

I pray that God, with Destry by his side, will carry you through these tough times.
March 30, 2006
May god bless the Horton family. The thoughts and prayer of many are with you.
March 30, 2006
Our Thoughts & Prayers go out to Oklahomas HERO.
March 30, 2006
As a wife a fireman - my heart goes out to you and your family - We never know when our husbands exit the doors of our homes what the outcome may be or what dangers they may face. We don't alway stop and count our Blessings and treasure the time we have with OUR HEROES. Brandy I pray for peace and love in your life and for you to know that there are many of us that are praying for you and it has just been AWESOME to see our community come togather during this time. God Belss you!
March 30, 2006
Destry is truely a hero to our family as well as our community. He will never be forgotten.
March 30, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Lori (Savage)Carter and family
March 30, 2006
Keep him in your hearts and he will be with you forever.
March 30, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of loss
March 30, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers will continue. God bless this family.
March 30, 2006
I had planned to attend the funeral, but Daddy called this morning saying 4 churches were opened for it. I just wanted to see you all and to let you know how much I care. Please know we are thinking of you all and praying for you at this time. I'll try to come down in the next couple of weeks, instead. I wouldn't be able to hug you today, with all the crowd. I love you all and think the world of you. You all have the most amazing family, full of faith and love. You are ALL admired by many. You know we all loved him. What a sweetheart and sacrifical giver he was and will be remembered as.
March 30, 2006
I want to send my heart felt condolences to Destry's family. I was blessed to live right next door to him in Norman, and when he left we were sad to see him go. He left his dog Blanco for our family to take care and he brought us years of joy. I have never forgotten Destry's enthusiasm and kindness that he brought to everyone he met.
March 30, 2006
our thoughts and prayers are with brandy and family
March 30, 2006
So sorry for your loss. The dedication of emergency responders is valued and prized. This life is just the "proving ground", he'll be there waiting.
March 30, 2006
To the Horton Family, God Bless you in this time of loss. We did not know him, but it is evident that Destry is a person worthy of our respect and honor for willingly assisting in a crisis when he could have done otherwise. He will be missed, but his memory and example will live through you and those of us in the firefighting and emergency response community who can understand the unique need to help others under any circumstance. God Be with you. You remain in our prayers.
March 30, 2006
We are lifting you up in our prayers in your time of loss. I pray that God will give you comfort and understanding.
March 30, 2006
Our sincerest and deepest sympathy to the family of our brother firefighter. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect his fellow neighbors and friends. May God forever watch over his family.
March 30, 2006
Brandy, Kylie, Kenzie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Firefighters are men and women of character. The loss of one is a loss for all. Destry will truly be remembered by us all.
March 30, 2006
All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
March 30, 2006
The Few, The Proud, The Heroic. Heaven will be blessed with your presence. God Bless your family and fellow firefighters.
March 30, 2006
Best of wishes to a fellow fire fighters family. Me and my family are praying for your family.
March 30, 2006
Heaven needed a hero, and only the best would do. Our hearts cry with you as our prayers seek to give you comfort until such time as you can be together again.
March 30, 2006
I didn't know Destry but he will be missed and we appreciate people like him gone but not forgotten.
March 30, 2006
Our condolences and prayers to the family and fellow firefighters of Destry Horton. Destry you are one of us and you will truely be missed.
(Pawhuska Fire Dept.)
March 30, 2006
All our thoughts and prayers from Mannford fire and EMS go out to the Horton family during this very difficult time.
March 30, 2006
What a Hero to the community and his family. Our prayers are with Destrys wife and daughters .I know that their faith will carry them through. We will always remember.
March 30, 2006
Though I personally didn't know Destry I do know people like him. He will be missed in the ranks and will be in our prayers.
March 30, 2006
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
March 30, 2006
Our condolences and prayers are with the family and fellow firefighters of Destry in this time of sadness.
March 30, 2006
Although we did not know Destry, we are proud of the work he did as a firefighter. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.
March 29, 2006
To Destry's family, his fellow firefighters, and his community during this time, You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
March 29, 2006
Destry lived a life most only dream of. He made a difference in many peoples lives while touching the hearts of even more. This sobering tragedy reminds us to love and live life with passion. Destry did !!!
March 29, 2006
We just wanted to say that we are praying for your family. Let God wrap his loving arms around you. We know that it doesn't seem fair and we don't know God's reason for what happened. But all things happen for the glory of God.
March 29, 2006
Destry- you are a reminder that "a fire" is not just a fire... and that a car wreck is not just a car wreck and that simple traffic stop is not always so simple... you are a hero. Simply put, you serve to remind us that your job is not just a job, it's a commitment to protect the average citizen day in and day out. I salute you and yours in life and in the ultimate sacrifice.

K
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
March 29, 2006
Dear Brandy and Girls,
We have been reading all of these wonderful tributes and realize how much Destry has meant to so many people. Eddie and I will miss seeing the joy in his face as he led praise and worship at Grand. He truly love the Lord and delighted in serving Him. We are honored to know all of you and will continue to pray.
Love in Christ,
Eddie and Candi
(Kara's Folks)
March 29, 2006
The hearts and prayers of my family and our community go out to the family of Mr. Horton.

God bless each and everyone in the loss of a dedicated and dear love on.
Auxiliary President of Prue Volunteer Fire Department.
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Davis Family
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless and keep you.

The wife, sons and daughters of an OKC firefighter -Sonya Arnold and kids
March 29, 2006
Brandy and Girls, I've never met you or Destry but I work with his cousin, Melinda. I know there are no words to help you in a time like this, but you need to know that there are alot of people in this world that are thinking about you in this time of sorrow. All of us that Melinda works with have become very attached to you and your girls, we waited every day for updates in the situation and we were all devistated at the final outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
March 29, 2006
Thoughts and prayers to all the family.
March 29, 2006
All our prayers are with you and your's.
March 29, 2006
On behalf of our family and the Oakridge Department we are truly sorry for your loss,and we hope your family can get through this tragic time. You are in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless your family.
March 29, 2006
Brandy, Kylie & Kenzie,
We just want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Destry was an inspiration to so many from the way he lived his life through Christ to the unselfish way he helped others. We are all so lucky to have known him and to call him our friend. He truly is a hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.May God be with you all.
Ginny,Kim and Bryan
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
March 29, 2006
I know Destry's destiny was decided when he braved the Oklahoma fires on that awful day. He will forever be a Oklahoma hero.
March 29, 2006
Dearest Brandy, Precious Kylie & Kenzie ---

May the glorious hand of God keep you enclosed, sheltering you from all harm. May God comfort and Bless you as you and your girls move onward throughout the remainder of your lives.
May the Memories of Destry grant you solace and bring about the tears that you need for comfort as well as the smiles and the laughter that he gifted to all of you in his lifetime here upon this Earth.
May God Bless and provide the comfort that only He can grant you in this time of tragedy, and may He take it upon Himself to keep Destry's family and friends in the palm of His mighty hand.
Cry when you feel like it and don't be ashamed to laugh. The tears and the laughter will cleanse your soul.
Remember Destry as the simple man that he chose to be and know that none other than His God was more beloved by him than you and those precious little girls.
Destry has simply returned home. He is happy and although your hearts will miss him, greatly, he is exactly where God intended him to be.
He has exceeded the bonds of human life and will forever dance upon the wind, he shall be the soft breeze that dries your tears, and he is what you will bring to mind when the birds soar and the butterflies dance upon this earth.
He will be your sun, your moon and your stars.
He will be everywhere.
The loss of his human touch will bring you to your knees and the loss of his human hand will remain with you as your daughters proceed throughout their lives. He will live on, in them. Through them, Destry will have reached immortality.
May the comfort of our precious God and the guidance of friends and family help you through these days and into a brighter tomorrow.

John 14
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Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. ...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Amen
March 29, 2006
May God watch over you during this time as he has watched over Destry. A prayer will continue to be said for you and your family each day. We are truly sorry for your loss. Ron Feller & Family
March 29, 2006
Horton Family, even though I didn't know Destry, the guest book speaks volumes of the man, husband, father, teacher, firefighter and paramedic he was. No words can ever be spoken that can comfort you in your time of sorrow, but I will pray for your family. The community of Firefighters, EMS providers and emergency service workers grieve with you right now. Destry is home in paradise and will be never forgotton. "Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another."
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Heaven now has another angel to watch over us.
March 29, 2006
from me and my family all across oklahoma your family is in our hearts and prayers god bless all of you
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD bring you comfort, and remember Heaven has just received a new hero. One day you will be together again.
March 29, 2006
Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. From fellow firefighters we admire the committment Destry showed to his community and the public at large. God Bless
March 29, 2006
Brandy, Kylie, Kenzie. My family and I just want to say how sorry we are for your loss. We are praying for you. Philippians 1:20-21
Love in Christ
Richy, Jeanne, Jordan, Kaylee, Lexi
March 29, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious little girls. God Bless you.
March 29, 2006
Brandy and girls,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that words cannot possibly ease your pain, but hopefully time and the thousands of prayers being said for you will. Nothing can ever replace what you have lost. Just believe that Destry is whole again and in a far better place. You and your girls will have a wonderful guardian angel forever. You will remain in my prayers.
March 29, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that others care and that you may find new hope in the days ahead.
March 29, 2006
God bless your family you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
March 29, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the Horton Family. I did not know Destry however he sounds like someone that I would have really liked to have known.
March 29, 2006
Our sympathy goes out to Destry's family and fellow firefighters. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of you that were touched by his life. He's truly a hero that will not be forgotten.
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
It is hard for most people to understand why a man would give his own life for someone he dosent even know, and for him it dosent matter. It is something he cant even explain to most. But for those lucky few of us that do it for a living day in and day out it is just another day at the office. My prayers go out to not only his family but his fellow firefighting brothers. Im sure he will be greatly missed.
March 29, 2006
God Bless the Horton Family. Our prayers are with you and for you.
March 29, 2006
I did not know Destry personally but know that this man is truely a hero. Know that God is with you in this time of need. Someone told me once that "This world in not our home we're just passing through" how true it is. Destry is now at his real home. Til we meet again.
March 29, 2006
God has blessed Destry by taking him away from his misery and bringing him to eternal peace and happiness. Those who remain to fight the fight must embody his enthusiasm, mission, passion and light for this world. He has been taken from his beautiful family and that is not fair by our worldly standards, but our God has his own standards and we who believe in him must respect him. Please God, bless and protect his family.
March 29, 2006
Our prayers go out to Brandy and the girls. Destry will be missed by all of us at Lindsay EMS. He was not only a great medic but a good friend to all. We morn with you. God Bless.
March 29, 2006
God bless Destry and all those who know and love him. Rest in peace.
March 29, 2006
Jesus said, "No greater love has any man than that he lay down his life for a friend." The Cowskin Fire Department shares your grief and our loss.
March 29, 2006
Dear Brandy and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our family sends our sympathy and prayers. Destry has left a legacy that will live on. He has touched many lives. He will be sadly missed.
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There is a song that makes me think of Destry. “When I get to Heaven “
It says there will be only happy tears there… Don’t cry for me down here. I know there will be several tears shed for him. He has touched so many lives and will be severely missed. He is now with our Lord and Savior. He is getting to walk side by side with his grand daddy.
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Sandy, Tony, Lance, Adam, and Tyler Brewer
March 29, 2006
It was a great honor to have known Destry while he was employed by the Lindsay EMS. I have heard many great things about him. May God place his arms around you and your girls and give you comfort. Lindsay, Oklahoma will miss Destry
March 29, 2006
I am sorry for the loss of Destry. I was brought up that when a loved one passed away, that God needed them more in Heaven, then down here in OKC. He did his mission that God wanted him to do,and that misson has ended. Don't ever forget that you will spend eternal life in Heaven with Destry again.Just remember he is in a better place.My God be with all the family at this time of sorrow.
March 29, 2006
Destry, I will truly miss you. You were a great friend and firefighter. I want Brandy and the girls to know that their Daddy is a Hero in our eyes. I will never forget the times we spent together working at CFD. Take care my brother.
March 29, 2006
Our hearts and prayers are with the Horton family during this difficult time. God will get you through- not somehow, but Triumphantly!
March 29, 2006
You been in our thoughts and prayers for weeks. We will continue to pray for you. He is with our Father now!
March 29, 2006
Destry is a hero. I am saddened by his loss, but inspired by the example he set in his life. My thanks to the family for the life he gave for others and prayers for their peace.
March 29, 2006
God bless and keep you in your time of sorrow...Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. A true hero has entered the gates of heaven. Although we did not personally know your husband and father, we truly know in our hearts what a hero he was. God bless you and your girls.
Roy, Erin, Trevor, Sydney and Trey
March 29, 2006
I never had the opportunity to meet Destry. My husband is a firefighter and was fighting the same wildfire on March 1st. Your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers daily. Trust in God .. He will be your strength.
March 28, 2006
Destry's life has touched so many people, both near and far. He is the perfect example of what we should strive to become. God has a very special angel in His presence now. Our love goes out to his family! Darin, you 'raised' an incredible little brother, and Brandy, you've grown up to be an amazing woman! Destry will be watching over you both from above, along with his girls and all the ones he loves! My heart is with you all! ~Suzy and family
March 28, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to Destry's family and friends. I did not know him, but as a fellow volunteer fire fighter, I do mourn and pray for him and his family.
March 28, 2006
Brandy, We wanted to let you and your family know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I was in your brother Shawn's class. I also knew Destry very well. He was a very wonderful, loving, and caring person. You hate to lose someone as wonderful as him, but the Lord has his reasons for everything. Destry touched many lives in such a short time. He will be missed.
March 28, 2006
Though we did not know Destry personally, from all we've spoken with who did, he truly was a man after God's own heart and the angels rejoiced with the heavenly host upon Destry's arrival home. We pray God's peace for you and the girls.
March 28, 2006
Brandy, we can't express our sorrow enough, but I know Destry is walking with our lord. It was a great honor for both of us to work with and get to know your husband, and let me tell ya Brandy, his love for you shone through like a beacon, he loves you and the girls so much. I hope if there is anything we can do, you will call. In deepest sorrow...
March 28, 2006
I am so sorry for your lost. I went to school with you guys and I remember how sweet Destry was. I know in time your pain will be healed. Just remember Brandy he will always be looking over you and the girls. I have heard of what a great person he was from people in my church. And I know what a great person he was. My prayers are with you and your daughters.
March 28, 2006
It was in great sadness that I heard about the tragedy that touch Destry...I knew Destry and worked with him about 9 years ago in Oklahoma City when I first moved to Oklahoma. Destry was and still is a wonderful and caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless,
March 28, 2006
On behalf of myself and Jennifer, we wish you eternal peace. We are continously praying for your family in this perilous time. May Destry Horton's legacy and memory be reflective of his bravery and compassion for humanity, reminding us all of the kind of Oklahoman's we should aspire to be like.
March 28, 2006
Brandi, I know things are all crazy right now. They will stay that way for a long time. I hired Destry here at Lindsay EMS and have always admired Destry for his dedication to God and his family. I worked with Destry the day before the fire. We had a wonderful shift. We enjoyed the weather and Destry, Jim Willis and Myself were playing catch. Destry stopped everything to talk to you on the phone. We admired his athletic ability but were more impressed with his devotion to you. You and the kids were his whole world, but his purpose in life was to help his fellow man. He fulfilled this purpose to an astonishing degree in such a relatively short period of time. I shall always remember Destry this way. Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another. Destry's life was filled with greater love. May God bless, comfort, and console you and your family. Love and admiration, Wayne Testerman
March 28, 2006
God bless the family and all of Destry's comrads.
March 28, 2006
Peace to all Family and Friends. Bless you all.
March 28, 2006
We are praying for your family. Our deepest sympathies go out to Mrs. Horton and girls. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace until you are reunited with Destry in Heaven!
March 28, 2006
All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.May God be with you all.
March 28, 2006
we will miss you very much.you will always be a hero in my heart.
March 28, 2006
May God be with your family in your time of need. I did not personally know Destry, but my son is becoming a firefighter and I pray he will leave an impression and legacy for the world as Destry has done. A true example of a hero!
March 28, 2006
"You are in Gods hands now Brother",My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
March 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 28, 2006
bless ur heart, u & ur family r in my thoughts & prayers!!!! :)
March 28, 2006
God bless you, my prayers are with you.
March 28, 2006
I know words cannot express the feelings Destry's family must feel at this time.My prayers are with each of you and I know only God can mend your hearts and give you the strength you need. May God comfort each of you!!
March 28, 2006
Our Prayers go out to Destry's wife and daughters, May God Continue to Bless Destry's Family & Friends.
March 28, 2006
Brandy, your entire family has been in my prayers and in those of our church. Your pastor has been gracious in sending me updates. May our God comfort you and hold you in His loving, strong arms, and may you find your strength in Him.
March 28, 2006
To The Horton Family~
My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Destry Horton. And we are all so very blessed to have had an individual such as yourself to lighten up our day and now our paths. You were one of a kind and will be dearly missed. We Love you and Miss you!!!! And Our Prayers will remain strong.
March 28, 2006
Few people touch lives like Destry did. I will always remember him as a hero of the May 3rd Tornado and the special feature on the Weather Channel. I heard countless students speak of Destry and only in a nice way. And then there was the time when he took a Saturday and spent it with his neice; helping her with her "wild heifer" at the local show. Destry was always there ready to help whatever the need. His legacy continues in the people who volunteer and give to their community. He has changed the lives of people young and old.
He was and is a hero in our hearts and forever in our memory. May people honor him by serving their God, country, communities and humanity.
With prayers and sympathy,
Sandra Berry and Family
Rush Springs High School
March 28, 2006
Destry was a joy to know. We enjoyed all the years knowing him, and his family and going to church with them. Brandy, always remember Destry was the example Jesus wants us each to be. What a legacy he left. Wow in only 32 years he touched so many people and what a witness for the Lord. Brandy know we love you and your little girls.
Robert & Francene
March 28, 2006
All over the United States these terrible wildfires are running rampant. God bless those like Destry who sacrifice so much so others hopefully won't lose everything. I pray your pain will lessen with time. Godspeed Destry -- job well done.
March 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Destry Horton Family.
March 28, 2006
It was a great privilege and honor to have known Destry. The world is a better place for having him in it. My thoughts and prayers are with the Horton and Pittman families.
March 28, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Such a hard loss of a great man. I did not know Destry, but read lots of good things about him. God bless the family.
March 28, 2006
I do not know Destry or family I have heard of him through a co-worker Carolyn Whatley and son Tim. Destry was a hero for his family and for all of us. I pray for comfort and peace for his wife Brandy and girls, and family. May God Bless you all.

Vickie
March 28, 2006
Although we never personally met Destry, we did have the pleasure of experiencing his wonderful music ministry at church, WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS! May God be with you during this time.
March 28, 2006
From the Tri-Cities Fire Protection District personnel. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the dept and Destry's Family.
March 28, 2006
I was deeply saddened to learn of Destry's passing. Destry and I went to high school together and I will always remember him as a friend. I haven't had much contact with Destry since high school, but have been overjoyed to read how he served Jesus and how his life touched so many people. Brandy & girls, please know that we will continue to lift you up in prayer. God bless you.

Matt & Julie Jarvis
March 28, 2006
Blessings, my brother, Godspeed.
March 28, 2006
Not only was Destry a great fireman, he was a great football and basketball official! It was an honor to step on a football field or basketball court and call with him. He was fair and honest in every call he made. All of us in the Duncan Football Association will miss him dearly and our prayers are with his family. I think this proves there is sports in heaven because God needed a great official to call games for his team, not that God's team would do anything illegal!
March 28, 2006
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Destry's family. He was definitely a fighter. From all I have heard about him, he was a man of tremendous faith. May God bless his wife and daughters and give them strength during this time. On behalf of everyone in Duncan, we will never forget the support Destry gave us on March 1, 2006.
March 28, 2006
Destry was a great guy. He taught my CPR class when I attended Rush Springs High School. All my prayers and love goes to his family. Our own Hero!!
March 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 28, 2006
Destry was the type of man that would stop and ask how your day was going, no matter how busy his was. He always wore a smile and freely gave of his laughter. Brandy, know that Destry is always with you. Not only is he forever in your heart, but also in your arms each time you hug one of your beautiful daughters. Destry's light on earth may have extinguished but he will forever shine from heaven to guide your family until you are reunited at the pearly gates! All our love and prayers.
Michael Livingston and Rita Chandler
March 28, 2006
On behalf of the members of the Healdton Vol. Fire Dept. please accecpt our condolences and our prays are with you. Fireman Horton is a Hero among us all.
March 28, 2006
Growing up in and with family and friends still in the rural Crescent area, I try to keep in touch with Okie items via the Oklahoman on-line. I had read about his plight. I was saddend to learn this morning he did not survive. Always cherish the memories. God be with his family and friends forever. And thank you Oklahoman for allowing me to share.
March 28, 2006
I am no longer a Chickasha resident, but it's my home town. My little sister worked with Destry and told me he was a great guy.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 28, 2006
May GOD be with the Horton family today and always.
March 28, 2006
The entire town of Hobart, OKlahoma's hearts and prayers goes out to the Horton Family...Destry is to be looked up to and remembered as a VERY BRAVE MAN, thinking only of the other person.. We are truly sorry for
the Horton family loss....
March 28, 2006
God speed my brother. Gods grace to the family.

A North Carolina Firefighter
March 28, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 28, 2006
Thoughts and Prayers for the Horton Family.
March 28, 2006
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
March 28, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with this family, both at home and in the service, who have lost such a special, kind, and loving friend and family member.
March 28, 2006
Fallen but not forgotten. Destry is paving the way for the rest of us firefighters. My prayers is with his family.
Sincerely,
David Pack
Empire Volunteer Fire Department
March 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Destry's family . Carthage Fire Dept.
March 28, 2006
My prayers go out to the Horton family. He will never be forgotten.
March 28, 2006
My condolences to the Horton/Pittman family. I have 2 firefighter cousins in my extended family as well. I used to go to church with the Pittman family in Rush Springs in the late 80s. Although I knew Destry in high school, it wasn't until later years that I got to know him. Destry was a very nice guy with a good sense of humor whenever I'd see him. Later, after the May 3rd tornadoes and up to this day, I'd see him on documentaries on TV of the event from time to time. I thought he was always very professional and composed in his interviews and humble about his heroic work that day. I am sorry for the loss, but I am sure he will be in Heaven. His family has been added to our prayer group at work.
March 28, 2006
What courage this young man had. He paid the ultimate price for man kind. As a hero and a warrior he sacrificed his life fighting fire. I grew up a firefighters daughter and now work as a nurse. So, I know the dangers that they are subjected to and the vigilance that these brave people possess. I have been keeping abreast of Destry's condition. I am so sorry for your loss but please know that he is no longer in pain and now watches over you and your children from heaven.
March 28, 2006
God Bless your family. Please know that everyone has you in their hearts and prayers.
March 28, 2006
Destry Horton was a Great Man! A True Hero! A Firefighter! And a Friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Horton Family. He Will Never Be Forgotten! Mike Norman, Chief
March 28, 2006
Dearest Brandy, I am Margaret's (your Grandpa Leonard's sister) daughter and wished I could be there to pay my respect to Destry and you in person. He was clearly a loving angel to everyone he touched. My Family Sunday School group (22 families) of St. James Catholic Church, along with so may of my friends and local family continue to pray for you and your family. Destry was a special Christian on earth and is now in heaven doing more of the Lord's work. Know that we love you and God will continue to give you peace and comfort through his love. God Bless you and your young family, Tanya Moczygemba
March 28, 2006
Thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time and in the days, months, and years ahead.
March 28, 2006
I don't know you, but I am touch by your story. My heart goes out to you and your family. Also, just want to let you know that your family is in my family's prayers.


God Bless!
March 28, 2006
Although I only met Destry a couple of times when I lived in Rush Springs, OK, I could tell what a good man he was. My sister and brother-in-law, both who served with Destry on the Rush Springs EMS, held him in very high esteem.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
March 28, 2006
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY OF DESTRY HORTON.
March 28, 2006
To the family of Destry Horton our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill Rawlings,Chief
March 28, 2006
Brandy,
I just wanted to let you know that 1,400 miles from Chickasha, Beechwood Baptist Church has been praying for you since we heard about the accident. I know that there are no words appropriate right now.

My brother is currently a firefighter with the Spencer department. So the Firefighters across the state of Oklahoma have all been on our hearts and minds during this time with all the fires and drought in the state.

The prayers of my Sunday School class have been for the saftey of the heros on the OK fire departments and for lots of rain for the state.

I teach children ages 3-6, and three of them told me they understand that your girls miss their daddy. (Their fathers are in Iraq)

We will continue to pray for your family, the Chickasha Fire Dept, and the brave men and women fighting fires throughout the great state of OK.

Love and Prayers are with you
-the Costine family
and Beechwood Baptist family
March 28, 2006
Destry my heart and prayers go to you and you family.I never will forget what a great friend you were to me when I didn't have many .You were truly an amazing person .I never had a chance to meet your wife ,but she was truly a blessed woman with you in her life.My prayers go out to her and your little girls.You will be deeply missed. love and prayers JJ Fairchild
March 28, 2006
March 28, 2006
I ALSO DID NOT KNOW MR HORTON, BUT I KNOW CHARACTER, AND THIS MANS CHARACTER SPEAKS VOLUME, AND IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW. I WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PROUD TO CALL THIS MAN MY FRIEND/BROTHER. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE HORTON FAMILY FOR THEIR EXTREME LOSS. INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS THIS ARE RARE IN THESE TIMES OF SELFISHNESS. THANK YOU MR HORTON FOR YOUR ETERNAL SACRIFICE. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! I KNOW YOU WILL BE WATCHING OVER YOUR FAMILY! GOODBYE MY BROTHER!!!
March 28, 2006
Brandy and girls,
Until you see our Lord face to face, you may never know the lives that have been changed because of Destry's life. We continue to lift your name up to Jesus and ask Him to rain down comfort as only He can. Our love and prayers.
March 28, 2006
Brandy:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and for the months that lie ahead.

The Preschool 3's & 4's of Liberty Child Development Center send our love and special thoughts.

We will remember our friend and fallen hero.

love. Ms Fran ( Lisa's Mom)
March 27, 2006
Destry, you were a great inspiration for me from hauling watermelons with the Pittmans, playing basketball, and most of all being my youth leader at First Assembly. I'll miss ya and can't wait to see you again. Brandy, you are a strong woman and I am praying for you and the girls everyday. Your in my heart every day, I love you!
March 27, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Destry Horton.

The Firefighters of The Forest Park Fire Department
March 27, 2006
Although I didn't know Destry, it is easy to tell what a great person he was from reading what others have said. I cannot begin to know the pain that you are dealing with at this time, but i know that if you keep your faith in the lord, that the pain will ease with time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
March 27, 2006
We did not know Destry personally, but felt as though we did, from hearing family members who knew him, speak of he and his family. Your families, and your church family is in our thoughts and prayers. The song comes to mind that was played at my grandmother's funeral, "If You Could See Me Now", by Kim Nobblitt...Destry's walking those streets of gold, and his pain is gone. He's whole again. And he's watching over you. God Bless your families!
March 27, 2006
Brandy, girls, and entire families involved. Always know that you are in my prayers, as they have been since the onset of this tragedy. May the love of the Lord bring comfort to your hearts.
March 27, 2006
My heart felt condolences to you and your daughters.

I have prayed for Destry, you, your children, and your family from the first day I learned of this tragedy and will continue to pray for you all as the healing begins.

I only knew Destry as a child but I remember how sweet he was. I understand that the sweet child grew into a caring man. How very fortunate for you that he chose to share that with you. He lives on in your children and you will see him in them from time to time, something they say or something they do and you will just shake your head with happiness and heartache all at the same time and think, ‘you act just like your daddy.’

The world was fortunate to have someone like Destry in it. We should all strive to be a little bit better person than we were the day before.

God bless, keep, and comfort you.
March 27, 2006
We will always keep you in our prayers.
March 27, 2006
It is an impossible task to try to understand why things happen, what the plan must be or to justify the loss of such a good man. We in NYC have been struggling with this task for a while now and no one I know has come to any conclusion. Perhaps it is just a simple equation of the need for the sacrifice of good people to offset the bad and evil in this world. Without knowing FF. Horton I know people who call him their friend and they indeed are fine, inspirational figures and Destry stood very tall in their estimation , he must be an awesome guy and a tremendous loss.
On behalf of the members of Ladder Company 5, Engine 24 and the 2nd Battalion FDNY please accept our most heartfelt condolences.
March 27, 2006
I am so sorry to here about Destry we have been praying for all of you and you are all in my hart . I know that Destry in with the Angels now you and your girls are in my pray's GOD BLES YOU
March 27, 2006
It is hard to put into words the feelings I want to express to the Horton and Pittman families. Please just know that our hearts go out to you during this time of loss. We are praying for you Brandy, Kylie, and Mackenzie. I hope you can find strength and comfort in the Lord during these difficult times.
March 27, 2006
Although most of us do not personally know what you and your family are going through, I hope that somehow our words, thoughts and prayers manage to provide some comfort. Destry's spirit will certainly live on through the brotherhood of Oklahoma firefighters. From one firefighter's family to another, we wish you brighter days. God bless and keep you.
March 27, 2006
Dear Horton Family, I can only imagine the pain your family must have felt watching Destry fight through his burns. He must have been a strong man with great strength and determination. This strength is something that will help guide his children throughout their lives. I hope that each day forward becomes a little lighter and that your memories of past help to carry you through.
March 27, 2006
We did not know Destry personally but heard about his story from a co worker Carolyn Waverly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family as they were from the first. If there is any way we cold help please let us know. You can contact us throught Carolyn
March 27, 2006
I was proud to serve with Destry on the Rush Springs EMS and the Acme Fire Department. Not only did I know Destry, but consider him a friend. He will be missed not only by his wife and daughters, but also the communities of Rush Springs and Chickasha. God Bless you Destry, and may God Bless Brandy and the girls. This is a sad end to a wonderful man's earthly life with us, but a better beginning to his new life with Christ.
March 27, 2006
TO THE FAMILY OF DESTRY HORTON,
I DID NOT PERSONALY KNOW DESTRY BUT FELT LIKE I DID EVERY SINCE THIS HAPPENED YALL HAVE BEEN IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND WILL BE FROM NOW ON. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU FOREVER!
March 27, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers have been with Destry and the family and friends these past weeks. We have so many wonderful memories of Destry from when we lived in Rush Springs (Alan was on the Fire Department there). You all will continue to be in our prayers. May God bless and comfort you.
March 27, 2006
God has another angel by his side. My prayers are with you. Also a thank you to Destry for volunteering to help others (in my eyes that is a definition of a hero)
March 27, 2006
My husband is a vol.fire fighter. I pray our Heavenly Father helps you and your family through this most difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
March 27, 2006
Words can not express our sympathy for your family. Just know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in each other.
March 27, 2006
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family during your time of need. We Pray that God will ease your pain during this time.. God Bless.
March 27, 2006
To the family of Destry Horton: We want to send our sympthy to the family. We did not know Destry, however, we knew his parents and went to school with them. From everything that we have heard and read about Destry, he was a wonderful Christian man. Our hearts go out to his family. He is indeed a hero.
March 27, 2006
Our love and prayers are with you all. We weep with you in your loss. Jeri, we are praying for you, Warren and the rest of the family each day since we got the news.
Randy & Annie Snyder
March 27, 2006
Words simply cannot express the heartfelt condolences that we wish to convey to the Horton and Pittman families. Destry was a hero in every aspect of the word and I know he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you from the beginning and will continue to be with you. We pray that God will give you strength in this most trying time.
March 27, 2006
I am very sorry for your loss
no more pain
No more long nights
But with the heavenly host
May God bless you
and give you peace during
these difficult times
March 27, 2006
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of Destry.

Scott and Deanna(Parish) Myers,
Ronald, Cindy and Lee Parish
March 27, 2006
Hey Uncle Destry. I will miss you so much. I am so proud of you and all the things you have done. You have touched so many people and will continue to touch people as time passes. You have helped me in so many ways and I will always be thankful for that. I love you and I will miss you always.
March 27, 2006
God Bless you and your famliy. So sorry about your loss. Sincerely, Jenny Moore
March 27, 2006
Though we've never met I wanted to you to know how much I thought of your husband. I'm an RN at the hospital in Lindsay and had the privilege of working with Destry there. He was always friendly and smiling and always seemed truly concerned for the patients he brought us. (those smiles are hard to muster up in the middle of the night) I pray you feel the presence of the Lord through this terrible time; I know He will not forsake you. For the future, look to Him, lean on Him, and trust in Him; He loves you and your children. After the untimely death of my 1st husband at a young age the Bible verse that kept being brought to my attention was Phillipians 3:13. At first I didn't know why, but now it is one that I look to often. I hope this one along with the rest of God's word will fill you with comfort and assurance as you continue raising your children. May God grant you His wonderful peace.
With Christian sympathy,
Brandi
March 27, 2006
For Everyone in Destry's Family - I am so very, very sorry for your loss. The courage Destry displayed when others needed his help is truly amazing. I didn't have the privilege of knowing Destry well, but over the past few weeks I have come to see him thru the eyes of my son, Tim Whaley, who has shared with me many times his admiration for the man he called his friend. My prayers and those of my family and coworkers have been with Destry and his family since the beginning and will continue on. My love to all of you.
March 27, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss. My husband is a fire fighter in Moore, Oklahoma and when we heard about Destry are hearts when out to his wife and family. I know being a fire fighter's wife is scary, worrying about them on every call they go on. Im sure Destry will be missed very much, again my husband and I are very sorry for your loss.
March 27, 2006
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THROUGH THIS TOUGH TIME. I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO LOSE A LOVED ONE AND ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT OKLAHOMANS ARE ALWAYS THEIR FOR OTHER OKLAHOMANS.
March 27, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
March 27, 2006
We were visiting in Duncan on that terrible fire day. Have been following the story of Destry in the Daily Oklahoman. We pray that God will surround you with his love, strength, and encouragement as you walk through this valley. He will bring you through it. The prayers of so many will give you that strength. May God keep his loving arms around all of your family at this time is our prayer.
March 27, 2006
Brandy,
I am honored to have the privilege of being a part of your and Destry's church family. He made, and is still making such an impact on people's lives. Though he is with his heavenly father now, he will continue to live on with us in our hearts. He left us with so many good memories. Our praise and worship services will never be the same.
God bless you and the girls.
Love,
Linda & Elvin Setters
March 27, 2006
Destry, the sweet, good-natured and happy baby I once kept in our church nursery grew up to be the wonderful, loving, young man we all knew. I've never known a finer young man in my life. Brandy, one day your girls will understand more fully what a real hero their daddy was and how much he was loved by everyone who knew him. Our hearts, our love, and our prayers go out to you. We will continue to pray for you as we have from day one.
Bill & Jo Ann Dryden
March 27, 2006
From the entire Duenweg Fire Department our heart and prayers are with the family and friends. may God give you strength and comfort.
March 27, 2006
The hearts of Oklahoma EMSC and General Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital are heavy with the loss of Destry. Our prayers continue for the family and friends of this courageous young man.
March 27, 2006
My second grade class at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Duncan has been writing cards and praying for Destry since the fire. We are very sad to hear of Destry's death. We know that he was a hero. We send our sympathy to Brandy and the girls. We all care about you. We are making more cards for you. :) We will always remember Destry.
March 27, 2006
I do not know you but wanted to express my condolences, I have followed this story since the day it happened and I am so sorry for your loss.
March 27, 2006
Any words we could say would be inadequate. Our hearts go out to Brandy and those two beautiful daughters as well as the Horton,Jones and Pittman families. May your rock at this time be the Lord Jesus Christ. The celebration in Heaven at Destry's arrival must be something to see.

May God Bless you all
March 27, 2006
I worked with Destry and went through EMS training with him.Destry was a great partner and friend.He and his family will always be in my thoughts and prayers.(Formerly) Rush 33
March 27, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I have been praying and will continue to pray for your family. God Bless and take comfort knowing that Destry is watching over you now!

Shannon Lane (Chad Lane's step-mom)
March 27, 2006
Brady, girls and Family
My heart goes out to you at this time. I met you briefly when I came to Chickasha to visit my sister and bro-in-law (Joshua & Christy Sullivan) while you were in revival. Our family and our Life Group have and will continue to lift you up in prayer. Keep leaning on God.
March 27, 2006
Brandy and family,
I am a member of the Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma -- and Deena has kept us informed of the progress Destry was making -- and then as things changed, we prayed even more. My heart goes out to you in your loss, but rejoices for Destry because he is in the presence of Jesus, his Lord. He is whole and able to play music again! We will continue to pray for you and your children as you walk through this valley of the shadow of death. There is sunshine past the shadow -- and Jesus will walk with you and sometimes even carry you through it.
March 27, 2006
As the father of a former Firefighter and having known this family for along time, I dont nor will I ever know the loss you have at this time. Destry was the kind of firefighter who made you proud of the men who choose this role in life. May God Bless You and keep in HIS mighty arms.
March 27, 2006
True heroes are measured by the selflessness they exhibit in the face of danger without regard to there own lives. Destry a volunteer, has given the ultimate sacrifice to help his fellow countryman. He is the essence of Truth, Honor, Courage, and Commitment. May god bless his soul and guide his daughters in life so that they will always know that DAD was the best and a true Hero. From this sailor, MTC(ss) Chris Lowe I salute you / your family for your sacrafice and pray that they may find Fair Winds and Following Seas.

God Bless the Little Ones, Chris
March 27, 2006
Brandy, Just know that our prayers and thoughts have been with you all every minute since this happened and will continue to be. Just know he is in a better place with alot of wonderful people. Lots of Love, David and Sharon
March 27, 2006
Horton family and friends, please accept my condolences in your great loss. The wildland firefighting community mourns your loss. You have been in the prayers of many at First Baptist Church Hemphill and in the USDA Forest Service. You and your family remain in our prayers. May God bless you with comfort and peace.
March 27, 2006
To John Destry Horton,

I'll miss you! You were like a brother to me. When you moved out of Norman back to Rush Springs I thought you would never come back, but you continued to pursue the relationships you had developed. You even called my mother on Mother's Day almost every year! You gave us 32 years of courageous, crazy and hilarious years. Climbing the tree in your backyard just to fall out of it for fun was the kind of things you loved to do. I knew that you were a unique and special person the day I met you some 21 years ago and I took a portion of your integrity and character within myself as I was around you. The idea that you are gone is very surreal and unbelievable, but you will impact a lot of lives evan after you are gone. I enjoyed every minute I spent with you and my heart goes out to your wife and kids (I have never met) and your mother Jeri and brother Darren! It is true that God takes His best early!

We love you all!

Jas and family (Angela, Mason and Carter)
March 27, 2006
To the entire Horton Family,

Our families were linked together over many years. And we have seen the best and worst that life had to throw at us. All while knowing that the God we serve is faithful and is never out of reach. Destry was a man after God's own heart and we know that he and Dad are praising God together.
Please accept our sincere love and sympathy in this time of tragedy. But also receive the encouragement from Jesus Himself that He has welcomed Destry into His presence.
We stand with you and we love you all.
The Alvin McConnell family
Ruth, David, Kathy, Phil, Christine, Tammy
March 26, 2006
Brandy;I didn't know Destry,but I have been following his story ever since the day that I found out that him and his fellow firefight got trapped in the fire. That is when I stopped what I was doing and kneeled down before God and just started praying for all the firefighter and volunter firefighters and their families. I broke my heart when I heard that he had died. Brandy; you and the girls and the rest of your family are still in my prayers and you will continue to be in my prayers
March 26, 2006
I have many memories of Destry,I have know Destry his whole life.
I remember back when I would come to Rush Springs in the summer
as a child and help my uncle move airagation pipe in peanut field for Mr.Johnny and Mr.Raymond. Destry was not old to go with us to the field but he was always there at the house with that BIG Smile on his face and would have ice water waiting on everyone.Was always will to help anyone in need.
And I'll never forget Destry coming to Louisiana and wanted to go Aligator hunting. Then seeing the Smile on his face when he come back with his first gator(it was about 18" long)but You would have thought he had a 18' gator.He well be miss by a lot of people from different walks of live but never forgotten. My prayers will always be there for all of Destry's Family and Friends. I love you Destry.
March 26, 2006
BRANDY WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF A GOOD HUSBAND,FATHER AND FRIEND TO ALL THAT WAS BLESSED TO CROSS HIS PATH IN THIS LIFE. IT WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU,DESTRY AND THE GIRLS IN SHARON'S DINER IN RUSH SPRINGS.DESTRY SURE LOVED HIS GIRLS AND HE WAS SO PROUD OF YOU BRANDY FOR THE FINE JOB YOU ARE DOING RAISING YOUR GIRLS,REMEBER YOU AND THE GIRLS WAS HIS LIFE THAT HE LOVED MOST. THEN IT WAS HIS NEIGHBOR HE LOOKED OUT FOR IN TIMES OF FIRE AND TIMES OF OUR HEALTH HE WAS THERE FOR US WHEN WE NEEDED HIS HELP MOST.THIS TOWN FEELS LIKE IT IS PART OF YOUR FAMILY WE ALL CARE FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY OF DESTRY. ONE DAY WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN IN HEAVEN SO PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN THIS PROMISE FROM GOD OUR FATHER. WE LOVE YOU AND WILL KEEP YOU AND THE GIRLS AND FAMILY'S IN OUR PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANK YOU DESTRY WE LOVED YOU.
March 26, 2006
I have been praying as have my family since Destry's tragic accident. I prayed that God would give Destry perfect healing, and now he is singing with Jesus. God bless your family. You have touched my heart and helped me to grow closer to the Lord thru Destrys testimony of faith.
March 26, 2006
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Thank you, Destry, for the sacrifice you made for others. You will be greatly missed and remembered, not only by your family, but also by the many friends in the surrounding communities for which you sacrificed your life.
March 26, 2006
You have our blessings and prayers for your lost love one. May GOD watch over your family thru these difficult times.GOD bless each and every one of you.
March 26, 2006
Our Prayers go out to Destry's wife and daughters, and to the Horton and Pittman families. I know that the pain will ease in time by continuing to Trust and Love our Lord. May God Continue to Bless Destry's Family & Friends.
March 26, 2006
Dear Horton Family,

James and Renee Sparks had asked all their friends to pray for Destry and his family and I was one of many doing so. My heart goes out to you on your loss. I will continue to pray for your entire family; that each of them will be comforted by our Heavenly Father. May God bless you and bring you the peace that can only be found through Him.
March 26, 2006
Did we know Destry personally? No. But, like everyone else, we feel as if we did. He was truly a hero. May God Bless you, his family and please know that so many care. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and tragic time

With our deepest sympathies --

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7



An Empty House

It’s not as if I’m going,
To an empty house, you see.
I know I’m going up there,
With my other family.

I want no tears or crying.
I want to see you smile.
Just stay with me and hold my hand
As I walk that last long mile.

My life’s been good and filled with love,
Just see how I’ve been blessed.
I’ve seen a lot and done a lot,
I’ve had the very best.

Why, look around and you will see,
As all of you are here.
That no one could have asked for more ~
You’re all so very dear.

No, it’s not an empty house,
This place I’m traveling to,
I’m just arriving sooner,
Than any one of you.

-- Patti Koch ‘99
March 26, 2006
My heart goes out to you for your loss.It was a privilege to get to know Destry.He was a very kind and caring soul who will be deeply missed and never forgotten.Brandy, may God bless you and your girls.
March 26, 2006
I would like to take this time to share a memorable thought of prayer.
First of all, Destry was and still is a wonderful creature of God. He has done so much for the communities of Chickasha and Rush Springs that I just wish I could walk up to him and say thanks. I know he is listening and he understands.
He has touched so many lives even throughout the world, as far as Germany to Australia. If there was a simple award or statue to present, it would have to be an Eagle holding the US flag.
There is a symbolic meaning behind it. In my opinion, words are hard to say at this time. I am very saddened, and I along with a lot of people were pulling for him to make it through but God has called him home. Second, as for my wife and I, we will keep you and your family in our prayers.
In closing, Destry will be deeply missed but not forgotten. Destry, Thank you.

God Bless
Steven Russell and family.
March 26, 2006
Brandy our thoughts & prayers have been with all of you from day one. Words can't say how sorry we are for you and the girls. We visited in November and saw Destry, all we can say is that it was definately an honor knowing someone like him. He was a man full of hope, faith, & optimisim and we will always remember him that way. We will always be thinking of you & the girls.
March 26, 2006
To Brandy, the girls, and the Horton and Pittman families:

Destry was the epitome of a true friend, compassionate human being, selflesss hero, and loving husband, father, son, and brother. The world only sees a handful of men like him, and I am fortunate to have known such an amazing person. He nver hesitated to help anyone in need, and his love for life and helping others was the passion that made him the person everyone loved to count as a friend.

Brandy, my heart breaks for you and your daughters. Please know that my family and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers and asking God to fill your hearts with strength and comfort as you mourn the loss of the man you've shared such a wonderful life with. Destry was one in a million, and the world has lost one its best. His memory will not be forgotten, and his life, work, and love was not in vain. Peace be with you all.

With sympathy and love,
Courtney
March 26, 2006
Brandy, I can barely find the words to express my deep sorrow for your loss. Although Destry has gone, he left you something very wonderful that will help ease your pain, your little girls. Hold them, and let them hold you. This is how God will tend to your wounded heart. Just continue to lean on all of your loved ones and receive God's healing love through gifts and acts of kindness from stangers.
March 26, 2006
I didn't know Destry, but my dad (Martin Burnes) is a retired Chickasha firefighter and spoke well of him. I've been following Destry's story since he was injured. I am heartbroken for his family, fellow firefighters, friends, and church family, but take comfort in knowing he is with Jesus. I'll continue to keep the family in my prayers.
March 26, 2006
To The Family of Destry Horton: We are truly saddened by your loss. Our family has been praying for you and Destry since the beginning. I am the mother of a firefighter and he knew your son. Destry will not be forgotten. God Bless and Keep you until you all see Destry again.
March 26, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandy, the girls and all the Horton and Pittman families. Just know that Destry is in a much better place now and that he will always be in your hearts and in the hearts of all that knew him. His girls will grow up knowing that their Daddy was a true giving hero. God be with and give comfort to you all.
March 26, 2006
To the Horton family: Words can not express the sadness that I feel for you all in your time of sorrow. I hope that the words of love and prayers that have been showered upon you over the last few weeks will somehow ease your pain. I never met Destry, however, he has been someone I have been grateful to for 4 years. My Uncle, Fred Woodman, lived down the road from Destry and Brandy, and the night Fred died, Destry came to help my Aunt Katy. I will never forget that. Destry was a hero, a man who was so giving to everyone around him: his family, town, community, church, and Oklahoma. God bless his wife, his beautiful girls, and his entire family. You will be in my prayers always.
March 26, 2006
Brandy, you have been so strong through this all! If you need anything I'm here...To the girls, Daddy will ALWAYS be with you no matter what! I will miss Destry so much! He is truly a HERO in my eyes. I love you guys so much and my thoughts and prayers are with you!
March 26, 2006
To The Destry Horton Family:
Brandy, I recently heard of your wonderful husband from friends of his here at Fort Stewart. I cannot tell you how sorry I am for your loss. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy for you and your girls. How lucky to have had such a wonderful husband and father even for but a brief time. He has now been called home to be with our father and he is never but a call away. I pray that his strength will now be your stength. God Bless you!
March 26, 2006
So sorry when things like this happen. He will be missed.
I hope something is planned by way of memorial in his name, this man was a true hero!
March 26, 2006
To the family of Destry Horton, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am David Miller's sister-in-law and his wife Laurie has been keeping me updated on Destry. May God Bless you and be with you at this time .
March 26, 2006
We are so sorry for your loss, and have been monitoring and praying for Destry and his family. I'm the mother of a firefighter who went down in October 2003 in the San Diego - Cedar Fire. My heart aches for all of you and the firefighter family.

A firefighters Mom
Mother of Steven Rucker
March 26, 2006
Dear Horton Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. He was a man with great courage and a true hero. Your family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you guys.
March 26, 2006
To the Horton Family~ I have followed this story from the day the accident happend. I have prayed every night in Destry's wellness and recovery. I am so sorry for your families loss. Just know that he is in a better place with no more suffering or pain, and he is now your family's ANGEL watching over you all each and every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless
March 26, 2006
We are so sorry for your loss.Destry was an amazing person.Brandy, you have inspired us all with your strength and courage.You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
March 26, 2006
To Brandy and all the family, Words can not Express our deepest smpathy when we heard about Destry. In 1982 we lost a son and at that time the pastor of the church comforted us with a scripture from Romans Chapter 8 verse 28 it reads and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Destry's live proved that he loved the Lord with all his heart, we will always cherish the times that we shared with destry. We know that the angels in heaven are rejoiceing for one of Gods family has come home. We are praying for you and all the family of this fine man, may Gods peace and love comfort your heart at this time. From Jerry & Cheris and all the family
March 26, 2006
I am very sorry to hear this. I was expect him to survive and a hero. I may have seen him around while Dad was Chief Of Police in Rush Spring but not sure. He is true fighter..
My thought and prayer for his family.
March 26, 2006
Dear family, You do not know me but i wanted to sign Destry's guest book to say THANK YOU TO HIM for serving our state. The bible says you will see him again if you are a believer. I believe this and hold on to it as i have loveds ones that have gone on to heaven.
He was a brave man, I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you and give you all strength. my love and prayers...a friend in Christ. JR
March 26, 2006
Our prayers and thoughts go to you and your family -- Retired Director of Oklahoma EMS
March 26, 2006
Brand my heart goes out to you and the family> we have been in prayer for you all since the accident know that you are still in our prayers today. Lyvon
March 26, 2006
John 15:13 No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

God's blessings on this family!!

Rom 8:26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid {and} bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer {nor} how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication {and} pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings {and} groanings too deep for utterance.
March 26, 2006
Our whole family and many at our church have been and continue to lift this family in prayer. I never had the pleasure of meeting Destry but he was a good friend of my brother Jerries ( at the Lindsey fire dept). Jerrie thought the world of Destry and we are all saddened for your loss. Thank you Destry and to all our Fireman and there families everywhere for the ultimate sacrifice...
March 26, 2006
Our hearts and prayers are still with you. Our church family continues to also pray for you. We know Destry is sitting beside the Lord and smiling down on you. GOD Bless.
March 26, 2006
Just a note to say thank you for Destry Horton's sacrfice! The dangers of his job are enormous and his life will be remembered in helping others.
I never met this man, but I want to thank his parents for raising a man with the conviction to helping others. We need more people like him in our world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
March 26, 2006
From a Kansas Volunteer Firefighter..To the family.......we extend our deepest sympathy and our sorrow for your loss. To Fireman Horton, thank you for giving your all my friend, even though I didnt know you, rest assured you will never be forgotton by your brother Volunteer Firefighters. Rest In Peace my friend.
March 26, 2006
To the Horton Family, We did not know Destry personally but we have very close friends that are on the local fire department and EMS that knew him well. John was right behind the truck the day that all this started and he is still in shock. We followed the story and checked on him daily to see how he was doing, we never had a dry eye nor do we now. This man along with others that have given up thier life to help , protect and be there for us is and always will be HERO to many of us.We pray for each and every one of the family and know that God will be with you as you adjust to life and we pray that you find comfort in Gods word and love.
March 26, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with your your family. Im so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all and bring you peace and comfort.
March 26, 2006
To the family of Destry Horton, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
March 26, 2006
My condolences to the Horton family. I'm not forsure if I ever met Destry or not...(I worked for Comanche Memorial Hospital EMS - Marlow Division from March 1996-June 1998 and was a Marlow Volunteer FF from March 1997 - June 1998. We did a lot of calls and training with Rush Springs. I did see him on Storm Stories on The Weather Channel after the May 3, 1999 tornadoes. Such a tragic loss to someone my age, it really hits home. Know that ALL firefighters are keeping your family in their prayers. God Speed!!! :) Plainview Nebraska VFD Fire & EMS Divisions
March 26, 2006
Please take comfort in knowing that others share in your sorrow.
March 26, 2006
The Lord greeted him, with arms opened wide, the Angels surrounding him! A gloriuos vision of peace and healing. I pray for the Lord to continue to be the strength and solace for this wonderful family, to carry Destry's memory,legacy and work on. He is truly a legacy with his selfless sacrafice for his community. Although not judged by his works,he will wear MANY crowns for them. May God Bless the family in this time of loss, Dorothy I love you. I pray for you all.
March 26, 2006
May God surround you and hold you in his care. I was not as privilaged as some to have met this wonderful young man. May I say "Thank You" for the sacrifice that he and his family gave. It was only by God's Grace that my own son-in-law did not surcume to the same tragedy. Words seem so little at this time, but know that all of you are in my prayers now and for the the long road ahead. May we all find peace in knowing that his suffering is over and he is now with the Lord. Love you guys, Carla
March 26, 2006
My heart goes out to the Hortons and Pittmans. Destry holds a very special place in my heart, as a person who gave of himself so selflessly. He was there for my family in our time of tragedy four years ago, and his efforts will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in the Lord.
March 26, 2006
I am sending my deepest regrets to Mr Destry Horton's family, I will keep the family in my prayers and thoughts, I thank God that we have such wonderful people who go out and make sacrifices for people everyday...May God Bless you
March 26, 2006
We honor a true hero in every sense of the word. He is now serving the Lord in heaven watching over all.
March 25, 2006
You don't know me, and I never met your husband, but you have been on several prayer lists out here and in Southeastern New Mexico. May the Lord watch over and keep you and yours, Please remember, your husband is not gone, he will live on forever in your heart and in you children's hearts. He can hear you when you speak to him, and if you will learn to listen in a different way, you can hear him, through the wind blowing, or a butterfly that will land on your nose, or through a special song. These things will truly happen when you are down the most. May God watch over and keep you and yours and guide you over this rough path. In God's love.....Clydean Easley
March 25, 2006
May God comfort you and your family in your time of grief.
March 25, 2006
Destry, words cannot express our thankfulness for the sacrifice you have made to keep us safe. But more than that, we are so thankful that you had became a Christian and dedicated your life to God and lived daily for him. We know that you have found favor in his site. You have a beautiful wife and two precious daughters and we will continue to pray that Brandy stays strong in the Lord and will continue to lean upon Him for strength and comfort. The Lord said to "cast all of your cares upon Him; for He careth for you." We also pray for your parents and your brother, Daren, and all of the other family members, that they truly find peace in the Lord. He said, "The peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." If anyone needs anything, please do not hesitate to call us any time day or night. Again, we are so very sorry and give you our condolences.
In Christian Love,
March 25, 2006
May God comfort you all and lift you up in this very difficult time! Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
March 25, 2006
Words cannot express the sorrow... but we can look forward to knowing that Destry is in a wonderful place.We will all miss him and remember him as he truly should be remembered: as a man of God. Our hearts pour out to Destry's family and we love each and every one of you... God bless
March 25, 2006
Please accept our deepest sympathies during this time of your loss. We will be praying that God will grant your family His blessed peace and grace.
March 25, 2006
Destry & I worked together several years with the Rush Springs EMS,taking CPR Classes together & teaching CPR Classes together at the RS School & any place they asked us to. Destry was a fine young man & I am proud to have shared a part of his life with him. My prayers are still with Brandy & all his family.
March 25, 2006
Destry has been in my prayers for quite awhile. I seen on tv this am.where he had passed away. now he is in a better place.God bless his family.
March 25, 2006
To The Family Of Destry Horton.
We send our deepest sympathy to all the family. Sorry to hear of the loss of a fine hero.
March 25, 2006
We rode in the bike run for Destry today and we were in Rush Springs when he came through, it was the most heartfelt thingI have ever witnessed. Know you have many friends that you do not even know are there and they are prayer for your comfort from this horrible pain. Please know that ALL the family, friends and coworkers of Destry are in our thoughts prayers. The LORD will help you through this most awful time in your life. HE IS A HERO
God bless you all
March 25, 2006
I met Destry Horton on a ski trip bus with the Oklahoma City Ski Club. He was only 13 at the time. I fell hard and this spunky little guy from Rush Springs, with a country smile stopped while racing by to help me up and ask me if I was okay or needed assistance before rejoining the race with his cousin and my children, which had already beaten him to the bottom. He won my heart from then on. I knew at that point what kind of young man Destry would grow up to be. He is a true hero in all of our hearts and he has proved his worth each and every time he helped or saved someone. Destry we love you and thank you for being a friend, great father and an hero to us all. You and your family will always be in our hearts.

-Craig, Kathy, Dawn and Brace
March 25, 2006
I do not know you, but wanted to expess my sincere condolences. I have followed this story since the day that it happened and am so sorry for your loss.
March 25, 2006
I have known Destry and his family for many years and my heart is broken. You could not ask for such a wonderful young man. I wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time. My prayers are with Brandy and the girls and all his loved ones.
March 25, 2006
Since high school I have never met a more honest and caring person than Destry. I will miss him dearly. I will continue to pray for Brandy and the girls.
March 25, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family through this sad time. What a strong and good young man Destry was. Mike and
March 25, 2006
Destry, you were a truly special person. I will miss you greeting me with a Smile and a Hug. You will forever be in our hearts! Brandy and girls, we are praying for you. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.
March 25, 2006
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, wife, and children. Mr. Horton had officiated some ballgames at our school in the past and was remembered as a giving and caring individual. My son is also a firefighter and we know it takes a special individual to face the dangers willingly to help anyway one can. Mr. Horton is truly a hero.

Dale & Rene
March 25, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls.
March 25, 2006
You have all been in my prayers and will continue to be. To say "thank you" for your sacrifice is so inadequate...
March 25, 2006
I'm so sorry for your loss, I went to scholl with Destry's brother in Rush and had met him several times he was such a nice guy.
March 25, 2006
Our thoughts & prayers are with Destry's family & children. Destry was umpire at Whitneys sotfball games (catcher) he would always tease & play with her. I never met anyone who did'nt have a postive opinion of Destry. A fine young man, a great example for our young people today & a tragic loss to the community of Rush Springs. As a fellow firefighter I say farewell to a good man.
March 25, 2006
We were priviledged to meet Destry two summers ago at graduation party for Colby Spears and Jeremy Jones. Have heard nothing but great and true admiration for Destry and his Devouted Christian life. I feel honored to have meet him and know of his values, valor and victory over death. Destry died as he lived:selfless. Jesus welcomed Destry with more rewards than we could ever give him here!!!Love and prayers to my great neice Brandy and their beautiful girls. Destry left you in GREAT Hands Brandy. Love you, Aunt Margaret Spears Dougherty
March 25, 2006
Wow I am so sorry for you guys. We have been praying everyday for all of you.
I have know Rocky Destry Fatherinlaw all of his life and his wife every since she was born. We here in Ada, Holdenville and all the churches are praying for the family.
Lester Brooks
March 25, 2006
I am sorry to hear about Mr. Horton passing, I have been praying for him and his family. My heart goes out to his wife and two little girls. My father was a Fireman in Frederick,OK and I know the sacrifice this family has went through. May the lord be with you through this difficult time.

God Bless
March 25, 2006
I'll Remember you always as the young nice boy that lived across the street from me in Norman.
We always enjoyed watching movies togather.
I'll miss you young man.
Dan Gunter.
March 25, 2006
Ive met Destry twice and he seemed like a wonderful person ,husband and father. Im sad to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and the girls, Sheila and Rocky. God bless.
March 25, 2006
We are reminded again of the risk and sacrifice firefighters make to protect our lives and property. Their selfless contribution to humanity is too often taken for granted until tragedies such as this occur.

Peace be with you and your family at this difficult time.
March 25, 2006
God Bless you and your family
March 25, 2006
My parents' home was one of the ones that was destroyed on that day. We thank you so much for your efforts to save it and others' homes and lives. We honor your sacrifice and keep you in our prayers.
March 25, 2006
My thoughts will continue to be with you.
March 25, 2006
My prayers are with you ane the girls, Aunt Dorothy and the rest of the family. He was a true hero to all who heard his story. Love,
Carmen
March 25, 2006
I'am sorry for your lost, my God keep you in his prayers.
March 25, 2006
I would like to express my condolences to the Horton family. I am in the USAF stationed in Germany and have been following the story and praying and hoping for the best. We all appreciate the fact that firefighters risk their lives everyday to protect others lives and property. I will continue to keep the family in my prayers.
Bruce Kessler
March 25, 2006
I am so sad to read that Mr. Horton has died. I know he was just doing what he was meant to do when he was injured. My husband is a firefighter and this could have been him. Wow! I will pray for his family and friends!
March 25, 2006
Destry, Words can not express our thankfulness for the sacrifice you have made to keep our community safe. Our love and prayers are with your family. May God bless your family with comfort during the coming days.
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