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Damon (Wyatt) Horne Sr.

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May 2, 1937 - August 20, 2014

Wyatt was born in Greenwood, Arkansas, on May 2, 1937, to Lucille Dunn and Kenneth I Horne. He died at his home in Live Oak, California on August 20, 2014, at the age of 77, with family and friends at his side.

Wyatt was the oldest of three siblings; Dwight Horne, who predeceased him and sister Anaa Lou Worden, a long-time resident of Oakland, California.

Wyatt's wife, Ann Carothers-Horne, survives him, along with son Damon Horne Jr., daughter Paula Horne, stepchildren George Hembree, Daniel-Ray Carothers, Dennise Burbank, sister Anna Lou Worden and grandchildren Stephanie Horne, Becky Horne, Troy Horne and Jack Horne.

Wyatt was well known in the iron industry, working for his close friend and colleague Doug Loftis at Hilo Erectors. Wyatt loved his work, and frequently told stories of the buildings and structures he and Doug erected.

Wyatt loved politics and world events. He was fascinated by the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency, and often spoke about her readiness for the job. He had hoped he would live long enough to see Secretary Clinton become President Clinton.

Wyatt was a veteran, spending four years in the Navy when he was a youngster.

Wyatt was passionate about travel and dining. He loved both immensely. Prior to becoming sick, Wyatt and Ann traveled to Branson, Missouri to celebrate their honeymoon, where they saw many country and western performers. Wyatt spoke frequently of the entertainment and meals.

Wyatt's health began deteriorating just over four years ago, making it difficult for him to walk and get around on his own. Although he found day-to- day life to be physically frustrating and difficult, he was optimistic that his doctors could help him, and he would be well enough to walk until his 100th birthday. Sadly Wyatt died long before he was ready to do so.

Wyatt was laid to rest at Sutter Cemetery on August 25.

It is not easy to say good-bye to Wyatt. Knowing how much he loved life and wanted to live makes it so difficult to let him go. His big smile and sense of humor will forever be in our hearts.

Good-Bye Big Daddy! We miss you terribly.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 4, 2014
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