Leon Pruitt Horne Was born August 20th, 1950 in Donaldsonville, GA. He died peacefully in his Tacoma home from a long battle with cancer. Leon's father was a decorated WWII veteran. Leon, along with his family, moved to Ft. Lewis, WA in 1957. He completed elementary and junior high school at McCarver, and graduated from Stadium High School in 1968. He received his BA degree from Central Washington University in 1972, and the same year began his teaching career in the Tacoma School District. Leon severed two terms as president of the Tacoma Association of Classroom Teachers. He was very active in the NEA and served several years as a state NEA director. Leon was preceded in death by his loving mother and father. He is survived by his brother Edward L. Horne Jr. of Louisville, KY, and his sister Kittrell Dixon, and her two children, David and Breaunna Fontenette, of Spanaway, WA. A celebration of life will be held at 4pm Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at the Washington Education Association Headquarters, 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA. Visitation will be from 2pm to 9pm on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at the Mountain View Funeral home, Lakewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WEA Children's Fund or the , PO Box 102454, Atlanta GA, 30368 Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 21, 2013