Obituary:Horst, Ford B. |

Obituary:Horst, Ford B.

Ford B. Horst was born June 9, 1951 in Boise, Idaho, son of Raymond T. Horst and Evelyn C. Horst.

Ford died Sunday, Feb. 9 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

His death occurred 55 days after Ford was struck in the head while clearing a fallen tree off a power line in Truckee. He was 51.

Ford graduated Hollywood High School in Hollywood, Calif. and attended both UCLA and Whitworth College earning a degree in History and Education.

Ford always loved the great outdoors.

He was involved and interested in camping and swimming from an early age. He always participated in outdoor sports and continued to be active throughout his school years, participating in wrestling, surfing, scuba diving, and skiing. He also learned to fly at an early age and enjoyed the freedom of flight.

Ford developed a strong faith as a young man. He was active in the College Department of Hollywood Presbyterian Church and served as a guide with Young Life at their outdoor camp in Malibu, British Columbia.

Ford’s love for the outdoors took him to Juneau, Alaska in 1974.

There he met his wife, Susan and lived a very full and adventurous life.

After briefly teaching junior high school, Ford began his own construction business. He also owned and operated a remote sport-fishing lodge and managed various investments. Some of Ford’s outdoor adventures included climbing Mt. McKinley, white-water kayaking, hiking and photographing God’s beautiful creation.

Ford was a devoted father to his two children, Brandon, 18, and Erika, 15.

These aspiring ski racers attend Sugar Bowl Ski Academy in Truckee.

Ford was active in the Christian community and was passionate about his faith.

In Juneau, he attended the Chapel-By-The-Lake Presbyterian Church and in Truckee, attended Sierra Bible Church.

Ford was an exemplary man among men, noted for his integrity, inquisitiveness, resourcefulness and loyalty in friendship.

He reveled in pondering the deep mysteries of God, had an easy laugh and discerning spirit.

Two memorial services will be held.

The first has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Sierra Bible Church located at 11460 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA 96160.

A second service will be held in Juneau, Alaska at a later date.

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