Daniel F. Horn, Danny was born on April 29, 1947 in Long Beach, California to Jessie and Vail Horn. He grew up surfing the waves off Long Beach pier, playing in Ray Bay off of Huntington Beach, building and racing hotrods. His love of cars became a life long passion. He was a mechanic, master gardener, welder, builder, and talented artist.
Shortly out of High School he was drafted and sent to Vietnam, serving in the Army. Having survived the conflict, he returned to California a different person. Danny struggled with PTSD the rest of his life. Ultimately, however, it was the effects of Agent Orange that claimed his life on Nov. 19, 2019. In the late 1970’s Danny visited Roswell and fell in love with the city and New Mexico. He found a sense of peace here. He saw the beauty of New Mexico that so many could not. The sunsets that are so magnificent, the cranes that fly in every fall, the hawks that come back every year to nest in our trees, and an occasional owl. Danny loved to be outside “dancing with the dogs” or working on one of his many projects whether it was a car, motorcycle, or a hand carved wood cane for a friend. He could always be found making something out of almost nothing. But Sunday were mornings reserved for cruising main street with the dogs in his truck-you might have seen him-smiling! Danny worked a variety of jobs; Tesco signs, Ready Mix, Rhoads and New Mexico Military Institute. After 17 years at NMMI he retired 10 years ago to do what he loved to do, working on his pet projects, of which he had many, and enjoying life.
Words are not adequate and my writing not eloquent enough to describe the man that Danny was. He was fierce, independent, loving, stubborn, strong, silly, caring, simple, complicated and so many other things — did I mention stubborn — Those that knew him know what they have lost.
Preceeding Danny are his parents Jessie and Vail Horn, his sister Diana Williams, his brother Gerald Horn and niece Sophia Etheridge.
He is survived by his brother Ron (Glory) Horn of Huntington Beach, California, brother in law Tim Williams of Seal Beach, California, sister in law Georgia Horn of San Jacinto, California, sister in law Claire Bennett of Centennial, Colorado, brother in law DAvid (Patricia) Bennett of Englewood, Colorado, children Jordan McCutcheon and Bryan McCutcheon of Roswell, New Mexico, Andrea McCutcheon of Ruidoso, New Mexico, His wife Elizabeth McCutcheon-Horn of Roswell, New Mexico. Special friend Brent “Doc” MacDougall of Long Beach, California and George DeMartini of Gold Hill, Oregan. Also all of his four legged furry critters and two legged feathered buddies. We all miss you very much. If there is a heaven, let it be filled with animals so that Danny can dance with the dogs, cuddle with the cats and sing with the birds.
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As Danny would say as he was headed on one of his frequent trips to the hardware store “I am off!” to which I would reply “I know dear, but I love you anyway.” We love you and miss you.
Per Danny’s wishes there will be no services and he was cremated. California was his home, but New Mexico was his heart, so at a later date, some of his ashes will return to the ocean and “his heart” will remain here in New Mexico.
Written with love by your wife Elizabeth
Thanks for the Memories