Former Sublette County Sheriff Morris Horton passed away Dec. 13 at Cheyenne Health Care with three of his sisters, Margil Hubbard, Barbara Burnett and Sharon Federer, and his brother Doc by his side.
Morris, 92, was born Dec. 28, 1920 in Gerard, Kan. to Harold Thomas Horton and Zelta Lere (Herron) Horton, the first of 11 children. At a young age, his parents moved their young and growing family to southeast Wyoming, close to Harold’s brother Frank in Goshen County. The family farmed and ranched until WWII, when Morris was drafted and served in the Army in Europe until the end of the war.
The family moved to Cheyenne by the end of the war, but Morris and his wife Daisy moved to Torrington, where he worked for Carl Sawyer as a truck driver. In the early ‘50s, Morris was hired by the Wyoming Highway Patrol and was assigned to Big Piney. Friends of Morris encouraged him to run for sheriff, and he was elected and served for about 20 years.
During this time, he was selected as Wyoming Peace Officer of the year in 1966.
Morris and Daisy divorced, and he married Clara Jean, with whom he had two children. During this time, he participated in calf roping, cutter racing and chariot racing. Horses were always a big part of his life, and he always had terrific horses and won numerous buckles and trophies.
After his service as sheriff, Morris moved to Rock Springs, where he worked for Sulenta Construction Company and Delgado Oil Company until he retired in 1985. He and Clara Jean bought a motor home and spent the winters in Arizona and their summers in Jackson until they purchased a home and lived fulltime in Apache Junction. During this period of time, he worked for Don Donelly Stables, taking horseback rides out into the desert. In 2004, Morris and Jean moved to Gillette and lived with their son Alan and his wife Perry until his son passed away. He then moved to Cheyenne and lived with his brother Larry and his wife Sherri for six months before moving to Cheyenne Health Care, where he stayed until he passed away. Larry, Sherri and his sister Barbara visited him daily during his stay at the nursing home.
He was preceded in death by his wife Clara Jean, sons Alan and Terry, daughter Debra, mother and father, brothers Dale and Harold and sister Ellen. He is survived by grandson Shane, step-grandchildren Jarred, Josh, Jason and Danielle, his brothers Truman, Larry and Doc, sisters Margil, Doretta, Barbara and Sharon and daughter-in-law Perry, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are pending at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes and will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the familky at 5023 Windmill Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009.For the complete article see the 12-21-2012 issue.
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