Lifetime Big Pine resident Argus Jerald “Jerry” Horton, also known as “Moon” to good friends and family, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, May 22, 2014. He was 71. Jerry was born March 18, 1943 at the Northern Inyo Hospital.
His parents, Clyde and Minnie Horton; sister, Mary Ann; and brother, Jim “Norg,” preceded Jerry in death.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 48 years, Judy; daughter, Joia Bear; grandchildren, Parker and Audrey Bear of Big Pine; daughter and son-in-law Jody and Dave Hallmen; grandchild, Carl Hallmen of Boise, Idaho; niece, Mary Ann Horton of Dyer, Nev.; nephew, Dana Miller and wife, Ellen of San Mateo and Mikko Miller of Burlingame.
Jerry owned and operated Horton Bros. Painting for 44 years. He loved fly fishing Big Pine Creek, backpacking the backcountry to fish for golden trout, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and restoring classic cars, hot rods and playing guitar. Jerry’s love of music extended throughout his entire life. In the early years his music was enjoyed at numerous venues and celebrations up and down the valley, the most memorable time during these years was with The Bottom of the Barrel. Jerry also led worship for 25 years at local churches where he was honored to share his love of Jesus through music. Above all, Jerry loved his family.
Jerry is now at peace and is home celebrating with his precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Services to be officiated by Pastor Leon Baker, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Mendenhall Park in Big Pine followed by the burial at Big Pine cemetery. A potluck celebration of life will be held after the burial back at Mendenhall Park.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Big Pine Fire Department may be sent to P.O. box 382, Big Pine, CA 93513.