Born 10-1-1915 -- Died 1-16-2007
Denny Horton was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Ash Flat, Ark., the son of the late Alton and Crystal Horton. He died Jan. 16, 2007 at Central Washington Hospital.
One of 11 children, he grew up in the Great Depression and left his home for Washington state in 1936. There he met Dorothy James of Monitor; they married Oct. 4, 1941, at the home of her uncle and aunt, Clarence and Betty James.
He began a career in professional baseball in 1939, where he pitched for the Wenatchee Chiefs. He signed a contract with the New York Yankees and played for various minor league teams until the Detroit Tigers picked up his contract in the late 1941.
He was drafted into the Army in January 1942, and served in the Phillippines. After an honorable discharge from the military in 1945, he returned to Monitor until 2000, when he and his wife moved to Wenatchee. Horton was an avid golfer, hunter, sports follower and fisherman.
He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling in their motor home after their retirement. Kodiak, Alaska was one of his favorite destinations. There, he was able to spend time with family and enjoy the abundant fishing opportunities.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son, James Horton (Merrill) his daughters, Vickie Hester-Willett (Walt) and Nan Missal (Rob); and their children, Scott Horton, Heidi Hester, Seth and Zach Missal and Ben and Kate Horton; also his three great-grandsons, Alec Horton, Dante McConville and Max Gatter; two brothers, Jim Horton and Bill Horton of Ash Flat.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight sibling.
The funeral services were held at the Betts Funeral Home Jan. 22.
Graveside services followed at the Cashmere City Cemetery in Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wenatchee Little League Baseball organization or the charity of one's choice.