Daren Gene Horton, age 75, of Miles City passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Billings Clinic in Billings.
Daren was born in Billings, Montana on June 18, 1945, the Merriman and Dolores (Beals) Horton. He joined two sisters, Sharon and Karen.
Daren’s early years were spent in Forsyth, Montana , in Greeley and Granby, Colorado and in National City, California. The family returned to Billings in the mid-1950’s, where Daren ultimately graduated from Billings West High School and was proud to have been a member of its first graduating class. Daren joined the Marines in the summer before his senior year of high school, and he was able to complete almost a year of his obligation before reporting to boot camp in June of 1963.
He graduated from Eastern Montana College (now MSUB) in 1968 with a major in mathematics and began his teaching career in Sidney, Montana. In 1970 he moved to Miles City to work at CCDHS and stayed there until his retirement in 2004. He also coached Miles City’s tennis teams for some 22 years, an activity he greatly enjoyed. Daren loved working with kids, both in the classroom and on the tennis court, and he was glad to share his memories in entertaining stories. He met his wife while student teaching in Miles City and they spent 51 years together.
Daren was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Roberta, his sisters Sharon (Jay) Chalgren and Karen (Bill) Schroeder, by eleven cousins, and by a host of friends.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Burial will take place in Wisconsin in the summer. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.