Spc. Christopher D. Horton, 26, of Collinsville, Okla., died Sept. 9 in Paktia, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 279 Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla. He is the son of the Rev. David and Cherie Bonnema Horton of Tulsa, Okla., and husband of Jane Horton of Owasso, Okla. He is also the grandson of Roger and Marcy Bonnema of Willmar, and Jeri Horton of Tulsa, Okla. Spc Horton was married to his wife Jane Horton of Cleveland, Ohio whom he met while attending The King's College in New York City. During his time with the Oklahoma National Guard, He was trained to be an infantryman, was SWAT certified, and was sniper qualified, graduating at the top of his class. Some of his extensive marksman awards include: The Gus Hadwiger Award in 2009, 1st place novice pistol in the Oklahoma National Guard Sergeant Major's match 2009, 1st place novice pistol in the Governor's Twenty Matches in 2009, 2nd place novice rifle in the Oklahoma National Guard Sergeant Major's Match in 2009, 2nd place in the Old Fort Shootout in the Unclassified Production Division 2009, 2nd place pistol in The State of Oklahoma Governor's Twenty 2009, Oklahoma State IDPA Championship High Military 2008 and 2009, 3rd place in the Carolina Cup Enhanced Service Pistol Sharpshooter in 2008 as well as many others. Chris worked on many political campaigns including K.T. McFarland's 2006 Senate Campaign, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2005 re-election campaign, President Bush's 2004 election campaign, and Governor Romney's 2008 Presidential primary. Chris also was a professional sponsored shooter through United States Shooting Academy in Owasso, Oklahoma, and was a business owner as well. Christopher was an accomplished competitive and recreational shooter. Every opportunity he had, Christopher fished both ocean and freshwaters. He loved fishing for all species of fish. Chris was both passionate and dedicated to politics and conservative causes. He also worked on many campaigns and was extremely patriotic and passionate about America and the freedoms we love and enjoy. Chris had a love for baseball and had aspirations of someday trying out for the minors.
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