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Randy Dale Horn, 58, left this world behind on April 13, 2013. Randy was born on February 05, 1955, in Scottsbluff NE, to Dale A. and Leta (Griffith) Horn. He became a long time resident of Loveland, having moved to Colorado in his teens. He was a loving son, father, brother and friend. Randy was preceded in death by his mother and leaves behind his father; siblings Danny, Vicki and Lori; his children, Alan Horn and Lana Scott, and his granddaughter Olivia. From a very young age Randy was fascinated by electricity. He relished receiving battery operated toys, mainly so he could tear them apart and play with the motors, wires and batteries. His pre-teen accomplishments included constructing a functional table-top pinball machine and inventing an early version of a computer. His professional life included working for years at CSU in the atmospheric science and cloud simulation laboratory. That was followed by his being part of a world-class NOAA research project aboard a specially outfitted C130. In the mid 80's he pioneered an innovative approach to precision humidity measurement and calibration, reducing measurement times from days to minutes. From there he co-founded Digilog Instruments, with ex-wife Paula Clark, where he incorporated his ideas into a production model precision instrument, trademarked as Vaportron. That device achieved worldwide sales and is still in use today. Though he was entirely self educated post high school, he was introduced as Dr. Horn for a scientific presentation he gave in Germany. His academic credentials were an assumption based upon his grasp of the subject and his interaction with attendees. Music was another of his life-long passions, both as an avid listener and an accomplished musician. After self-learning to play bass guitar in the 70's he performed regularly with the family band and later with others. His innate intelligence and passions for science and music blended to produce an eccentric, quirky, funny and sometimes times exasperating human being. Randy was stricken with disabling depression in his later years and died after a hard battle with the disease. We miss him dearly. The family invites friends and relatives to attend an informal and casual memorial in his honor at 5:30pm on Friday, April 19th at the Allnutt Reception Center. To view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the guestbook, go to www.allnutt.com.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Apr. 17, 2013
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