Jun 5, 2011, 7:08 PM
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Rick Horn, long time instructor, pilot and damn good guy, passed away yesterday from cancer. Hadn't seen him in too many years, as is usual for most of the people we read about these days.
Rick, and his wife Patty, gave me my first DZ job in the 90's and taught me a lot from my first AFF jump through to my AFF Instructor Course. I have learned and experienced so much since, both on and off the DZ, thanks to skydiving. I owe Rick (and Patty) all that and more.
It is truly sad to lose a friend, a mentor, and one who gave so much to the sport.
Blue Skies brother.
(This post was edited by swooperman on Jun 5, 2011, 9:05 PM)
Very sad news!! Made my first jump and did my static line training with Rick and Patty their DZ Desert Skydiving back in the early 90’s. Some of the most enjoyable times in my life were jumping out at Desert Skydiving with them. They ran a family oriented DZ, made things fun and always put safety first. My heart goes out to Patty and family.
In the AFF jumpmaster course, I got to make my last certification jump with Rick. I still remember the grin on his face right before I tracked off, knowing that I'd just passed the course. He didn't make anything in the course easy but I always appreciated his dedication to making sure that I was as prepared as possible when I got my rating.
I felt sad when I learned that he had passed away.
If not for Rick Horn and Don Mullenix, I would not have made it through the AFF Jumpmaster Course. Rick for working with us before hand (the original pre-course) and Don for keeping things light and me relaxed. Rick set really high standards and made you adhere to them. I have tremendous respect for him because of that. I applaud him also, for controlling his destiny in the sport and getting out when he did. Rest in peace, my man.
I FLAILED his AFF course in the 90"s I brought in a STRIPPER to go over the TLO"S and the prick still failed me!! Another great time and great memory,, I hope ST. Peter gives you some slack!! BLUE SKYS MR. Horn
Rick's Memorial service will be Saturday, June 25 · 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Perris Valley Skydiving.
Blue Skies Rick.
Nice memorial and wonderful send-off. The air was fairly still and the puff of ash lasted for a good few minutes afterwards. Thanks to Martin and James for organizing the memorial and ash dive. Thanks to Jan for the heads-up about the event.