GREENSBURG – In an emotionally moving moment during The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner Thursday, the executive committee and board of directors announced they have changed the name of the annual Community Service Award to the Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award.
The award was presented to Rebecca Horan, the oldest daughter of Don and Barbara Horan, accompanied by her sisters Olivia, Regan and Adrienne.
Don Horan, wife Barbara and their friends Stephen and Denise Butz lost their lives in a tragic plane crash Dec. 2, 2012. The four were returning from a weekend vacation in Destin, Fla., and went down in fog and rain near the Greensburg Municipal Airport.
The magnitude of the loss of such influential leadership was still near the surface in the hearts and memories of the large crowd gathered for the annual event. The silence as the award was read was reverent. Renaming the award in honor of the late Don Horan and his daughter, Rebecca’s comments, lifted those assembled and inspired them to carry on in her father’s selfless example of giving back to the community.
Rebecca Horan’s words, delivered to a standing ovation by the guests, were reminiscent of the spirit of community so often shared by her parents. “My Dad was sure to teach us at an early age what he felt were the most important things in life and what we needed to do to ultimately succeed. When each of us were old enough to understand and appreciate it, we would get the opportunity to receive a weekly allowance of $5. Before this exciting new rule came into effect, he sat us down and gave us one of his infamous Don Horan lectures that lasted more than 45 minutes and ended with some sort of ‘teach a man to fish and feed him for life’ parable. He told us we would get our allowance if we did two things, work hard at whatever chore we were assigned, which would of course be inspected by him, and gave 10 percent of our earnings every week to the church. And, he informed us, 50 cents obviously rounds up to a dollar,” she said to the smiles of appreciation among chamber guests.