Obituary of Kevin Horn
Exactly one week before Christmas, on December 18, 2020, Kevin Horn, devoted husband, father, son, and brother, died after a lengthy illness. He was objectively one of the kindest people to walk this earth, and his passing has devastated many. Kevin was born on October 10, 1973 in Wurtsmith AFB hospital, near Oscoda, Michigan, to David and Barbara (Marshall) Horn, and spent most of his childhood in Beaumont, Texas. He was active in both the church (Disciples of Christ) and service community (Key Club, CKI, and later Kiwanis) and was always there to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed playing soccer and played the piano and trombone quite well. He was also a member of his church’s handbell choir and high school German Club. In 1990, Kevin was accepted into the AFS exchange student program, and lived in Germany for 10 months. He was fortunate to travel through most of Europe — the experience shaped him forever. One of his only regrets was that he could not return with his family and introduce them to his beloved Germany. Kevin was a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1996, graduating with a B.S. Degree in BANA (Business Analysis). He was a member of the business honors fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and an integral member of Circle K International Service Organization (CKI). His favorite activities in college included: racquetball, inter-mural sports, dancing, and attending Aggie Football games (naturally). On June 1, 1996, he married the love of his life, Christina Marie Smock, whom he met at A&M, through CKI. Upon both their graduations, they moved to the Dallas area and eventually settled in Carrollton, TX, where they have lived for the last 20 years. They were blessed with two sons (Cameron, 18, and Fletcher, 16) and a daughter (Betsy, 11). Kevin started his career in 1997 at AT&T, and continued working in the IT industry as a software engineer until his death. He was most recently employed at Infosys, and contracted to Conduent; he was a valued and respected member of his team, and is sorely missed. Kevin was known for his punny wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was passionate about Aggie Football, board games and dominoes (especially 42), and spending time with his family. Volunteering in the community, especially with Habitat for Humanity, and serving as deacon in his church, was also important to him. Before he became ill, he coached his younger son’s robotics team, which he loved. He had a servant’s heart until the very end. However, Kevin’s favorite pastime of all was dancing. He and Christy actually fell in love while taking country-western dance lessons at A&M. Later, he went on to take hip-hop classes and actually performed in dance recitals, alongside his daughter. He was known as Dance Dad and very popular at the studio. Some of his best memories were shaking it on the dance floor, and escorting Betsy every year to the Daddy-Daughter Dance, where he won at least two awards (one for 1st Place!) for his moves. Kevin is survived by his wife Christy, and their three children: Cameron, Fletcher, Betsy, by his grandmother, Geraldine, his father, David, and his mother, Barbara, his brother David Jr. and sister-in-law Sandy, mother-in-law Nancy Glover, brother-and-sister-in-law Matthew and Eugenia Smock, along with numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. An online memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, at 1 o’clock p.m., with a virtual celebration following. We will share stories and experiences, sing songs, and maybe raise a glass or two to our beloved Kevin. If desired, donations may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Our world is darker now, but we know that Kevin is dancing in heaven and looking after us all, especially this holiday season.