Charles William Horton

August 11, 1985 - January 18, 2021
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Charles (Chuck) William Horton, 35, passed away on January 18th, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family in Tucson, Arizona.
Charles was born on August 11th, 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas to Robin and Brenda Howard. He moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1989 to live with his Uncle (Larry) and Aunt (Barbara) Horton, who later adopted him in 1992.
Charles grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from Amphitheater High School, Tucson, Arizona in 2004 where he played football and enjoyed spending time with many close friends.
After high school Charles spent time working for the family business, attending school at Pima Community College, and eventually finding his way to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. It was during this time that he met Tiffany, they immediately fell in love and knew they were meant for each other. Charles and Tiffany were married on March 21st, 2009 in Oro Valley, Arizona. The following May they welcomed their son Hunter into the world and two years later they welcomed their daughter Hannah into the world in April of 2012. It was shortly after the birth of Hannah that Charles was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He bravely battled ups and downs of his cancer diagnosis with strength and optimism. As his disease progressed Charles remained optimistic and a committed husband and father. He looked for ways to make lasting memories with his family and his spirit brought a light to all who were around him. His life has left a lasting impression on so many and his vibrant spirit will be greatly missed.
Charles is preceded in death by his Father, Larry Horton of Tucson, Az;
Charles is survived by his wife, Tiffany Horton of Tucson, AZ; his son, Hunter Horton; daughter, Hannah Horton; his mother, Barbara Horton of Tucson, AZ; his biological mother, Brenda Howard of Kansas City, KS; his biological father, Robin Howard of Kansas City, KS. his brother, Lee (Christina) Horton of Tucson, AZ; his sister, Jennifer (Stuart) August of Tucson, AZ; His brother, Shaun Howard of Kansas City, KS; Charles loved his many nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid-19 No public service will be held. A celebration of life will be held in Tucson, AZ at a later date.

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Born: August 11, 1985
Died: January 18, 2021

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Hannah Horton posted on 10/3/22

i miss you daddy!


Josh posted on 2/24/21

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Josh posted on 2/24/21

I heard this news I was heartbroken I have a ton I could say about Charles A lot of it not a lot of people would want to hear things we did when we were kids and the things we did when we were adults still striking impact on me one of my all-time favorite people I've ever met in my entire life and I hope you rest in peace brother


Brittany Ratliff posted on 2/19/21

Charles and I grew up together. I don’t remember a time growing up that he wasn’t there. All of the wonderful camping trips and vacations will always be cherished. I remember being in the same 3rd grade class together to learning to drive together. Getting lost with Uncle Larry with the horses in the Tucson desert and in the middle of now where on vacation with Aunt Barb my grandma. Rest In Peace cousin! You left a lasting impact on all of us.


Sydney laudenbach posted on 2/16/21

Charles was my brother’s best friend and a second big brother to me. He was the reason I got stuck in the toilet (and the reason I always double check to make sure the seat is down to this day). He caught me when I couldn’t figure out the breaks on my roller skates and used me as a human wrecking ball to bulldoze walls of couch cushions. He gave me life advice like- never let a teacher make me memorize the periodic table. My memories of Charles are always carefree sunny days.


Kathlyn & Grant Wilhelm posted on 2/14/21

Thank you Chuck, for all the laughter and love you brought to our family gatherings. Every time I saw Charles he was there with strength and fortitude, with love and laughter, with kindness and generosity. I think of Tiffany, Hunter, Hannah and all of our family every day. Wishing you peace, strength and faith especially through the upcoming months. Chuck will always be remembered and kept close in our hearts.


Aaron Kirk posted on 2/13/21

I will always remember Chuck as the hilarious, foul mouthed three year old with the bright red curly hair and the pure silver grill. Watching him grow into such a great teenager was incredible, and then seeing him become the most kind and helpful young adult, full grown up and then amazing father was nothing short of inspiring. Chuck was the most positive person imaginable, and I will forever miss the way he always lit up a room with his energy, but most of all I will miss his humor. Chuck’s gift to this world was how he could so easily make everyone laugh... and he was always “on”. He spread joy, laughter and happiness like no one else could and I will miss that the most.


Benjamin Hand posted on 2/12/21

Although we lived hundreds of miles away, Charles was my closest cousin growing up and someone I looked up to immensely. Every two or three years we would visit Tucson, and I always looked forward most to the time I got to spend with Charles. I have early memories of watching "Jurassic Park" with Charles for the first time, as well as "That Thing You Do," which remains one of my favorite films. Despite being several years older, Charles never let me feel like I was a bother, or too young to spend time with him, which made that time all the more special. I will miss Charles' humor and wonderful nature, but I look forward to seeing his two children grow into similarly kind and generous people. They had a wonderful example in Charles.


Pennie Harcus posted on 2/11/21

I hope your wonderful memories of Chuck will help heal your pain. The strength you all have will carry on and guide Hunter and Hannah. My deepest sympathy. Love Pennie Harcus


Robert and Jean Hand posted on 2/10/21

Charles was a gift to all of us. His love of life, his willingness to help others, his enthusiasm and positive outlook brightened all of our lives. Though we miss him, we can know that his spirit, his eternal essence, is still around to shine a light in our hearts when we think of him. Robert and Jean


Ruthie Hooper posted on 2/10/21

I remember Charles so well as a little boy at Shadow Rock school and then all grown up. I would see him at the YMCA gym in the back room where the “serious” weight lifters were and admire his stamina. We would always talk & hug each other! I shall miss seeing him, but know that he is with Jesus, healed & free!!!


Sarah and Justin Zwick posted on 2/10/21

Chuck will be greatly missed. We feel blessed that we were able to know him. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences are with Tiffany, Hunter and Hannah. We know Chuck will continue to live on through his wonderful family. We will miss Chuck’s willingness to always help, his friendly demeanor, and his ability to be adventurous with kids. May God Bless all of those missing him. ❤️


Bob Jimenez posted on 2/10/21

Chuck was one of the kindest toughest people I’ve known. I met him his sophomore year at Amphi as a coach and was always impressed by his class and kindness as well as being a superb athlete. I would see him in later years at the gym and loved talking to him about his family and how his workouts were going. I shall miss him and all that he stood for and loved. Amphi Class always. God bless.


Chris Horton posted on 2/10/21

Chuck touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He was a loving friend, mentor and uncle. Words will never be able to describe what joy and brightness he brought to this world even when he was going threw things that would flatten even the most strong willed of people. Charles will always be apart of us, his laugh and jokes will never leave our ears and his smile in our soul. Till we meet again - Chris