Deputy Coroner Roy Horton Retires

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Supervisor Estelle Fennell congratulates Roy Horton on his retirement.

Supervisor Estelle Fennell congratulates Roy Horton on his retirement. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]

Sheriff Mike Downey and the members of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Deputy Coroner Roy Horton for his 20 years of service to the citizens of Humboldt County. Roy began his career with the City of Arcata in 1993 as a reserve Police Officer and was hired by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as a Deputy Coroner in 1996.

During his time with the Coroner’s Office, Roy became a field training officer, a lifetime member of the California State Coroner’s Association, and member of the Humboldt County Child Death Review Team. Roy was an educator as well, teaching drug and alcohol education classes at local high schools and elementary schools, and Coroner Investigations at the College of the Redwoods Police Academy, which he will continue to do after retirement.

Sheriff Mike Downey, the Humboldt County Supervisors, and the staff of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office wish Roy and his family a long, productive, well deserved retirement.



  • He never found a COD for my friend’s baby though he kept control & possession of her remains for more than a year. I was not impressed

  • A truly wonderful man. Enjoy your retirement!

  • Happy retirement!!!best wishes.what a sad and hard job.i don’t think just anybody could do that job.

  • Roy has been a friend since high school and you will never find a more honest person. He truly cares for all he has contact with.

  • Veterans friend, it sounds really painful that he kept the baby’s ashes for more than a year. That would have been really hard on the parents. I’m so sorry.

  • It has been a pleasure working with you Roy, good luck in your retirement.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Roy and all coroner staff. They are the unsung heroes of this county. Generally, you meet them under the worst of situations. Although the job is physically and emotionally difficult, they carry it out professionally and with great compassion and empathy. They often get little sleep. It isn’t a job just anyone can do and I thank Roy for his service and wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.

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