Ed Horton to be celebrated by local Boy Scouts

Sheriff Ed Bonner hosts event on Nov. 1
By: Kathy Maynard, Loomis News Correspondent
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Who: Loomis Boy Scouts of America Troop 12

What: 90th Anniversary Dinner, hosted by Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner

Where: Veterans Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road

Why: Honor Eagle Scout Ed Horton and raise funds for Troop 12 activities and equipment

When: 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1

Tickets: $15 available at Main Drug, from any Troop 12 Scout, or 316-7346

Ed Horton has lived the Boy Scout law.

In the Loomis community he has been trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful and brave. And as a young Scout he was most likely also clean, reverent obedient and thrifty.

Tonight, Nov. 1, Loomis Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 and the community will salute him at the Troops 90th Anniversary Dinner organized by Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner.

Bonner said of Horton, “He is a good citizen, a civic leader, and the sort of person you hope Scouting produces. Let’s celebrate this man and his life and his commitment to the community and Scouting.”

Horton said he considers it a privilege to be in Scouting.

“The program really helps young people develop and gives them opportunities that they might not have otherwise. As I think back on it, Scouting was a real turning point in my life. It taught me leadership and how to interact with other people, the kinds of skills that help you in life,” Horton said.

Horton originally joined Penryn Troop No. 9, in 1950, at the age of 12. He became junior assistant Scout master a few years later and transferred to Loomis Troop 12 when his Scout master, Jack Yakote, was asked to lead both troops. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1956 and is still grateful to the adults who were leaders when he was a Scout.

 “Jack was just a wonderful person who was great to all of us. And one of my fondest memories is of my first camping experience, going up to Banner Mountain, in Nevada County, with Red Werner, Eddie Bonner’s grandfather. They were the kind of folks who gave of themselves to help all of us better ourselves,” he said.

Horton went away to school at University of California, Berkeley, then returned to Loomis after graduating from University of California, Davis as a plant pathologist.

“I’ve had a bunch of careers, and always had two or three occupations going at the same time,” Horton said. He farmed for a while, marketed agricultural chemicals for FMC Corporation, then worked with the Blue Anchor Fruit Shed. In 1973, he was appointed to the Placer County Water Agency advisory board, then served on the as a director from 1975 until 1996.

Horton also became a volunteer fireman in 1969 after building a house next to the fire station on Horseshoe Bar Road.

“I worked my way up through the ranks as an engineer, a fire captain, assistant chief, then I was chosen to take over the department when Chief Harvey Carlyle retired. I was fire chief for 18 years, as a volunteer for all but the last seven years. I left the department in 1999, very pleased with the progress we had made,” he said.

Horton remains supportive of Scouting as a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Loomis Lion’s Club, a major sponsor of Troop 12 for many years. His wife, Mary Ann, won a Silver Bear Award in 1977 and their boys, Doug and Robert, are both Eagle Scouts from Troop 12, he said.

Those interested in honoring Horton even if they cannot attend are encouraged to become Scout Star Sponsors for $100 donation, Life Sponsors for $250 or Eagle Sponsors for $500.

For more information, call 316-7346.