Charles "Toby" Horst, age 88, of Tollhouse, CA passed away on Saturday May 17, 2014, after a long bout with pneumonia. Toby served in the United States Navy in World War II in the Pacific, then worked for the Southern California Edison company until his retirement. After the loss of his first wife, Toby married Katie Miller, owner of Vermillion Valley Resort at Lake Edison. After his retirement, Toby worked summers with Katie until they sold the resort in 1995. In addition to enjoying square dancing, Toby and Katie were active leaders in the San Joaquin Sierra Unit of Back Country Horsemen of California (BCHC). Toby served as state president for BCHC and was an officer in the Fresno County Resource Conservation District. Working closely with the Forest Service, Toby volunteered countless hours of service, leading and teaching, clearing, building, and repairing trails in the High Sierras while building friendships with many great people. Toby was an old-fashioned, self made man, a technology whiz, horseman and true outdoorsman. He was happiest in the saddle, exploring the mountains. Toby is survived by his wife Katie; two sons; a daughter; and a step-son; as well as grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He is deeply missed. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Independence Room, Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances in the name of Toby Horst to the BCHC San Joaquin Sierra Unit at http://www.bchcsjsu.org.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on June 8, 2014