Horace O. Simmons of Prescott, Ariz., and Vancouver, Wash., passed away on June 11, 2009, at age 63 after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born in Boulder, Colo., attended school in Texas and lived in Alaska, Oregon, California, Washington and Arizona.

As a young man, he lived for several years in the back-country of Alaska, and later worked for many years as a commercial fisherman in Kodiak, Alaska. As the Director of the Kodiak Area Native Housing Authority, he oversaw the construction of dozens of new houses for the local Native American population.

Horace became the principal of a software consulting firm, and later became a clinical hypnotherapist, serving several years as president of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association.

Horace is survived by his mother, Helen Simmons; his children, Tina, Selina, Anthony and Christine; siblings Ruth Anne and John; and beloved friend Vicki Nier.

The family would like to thank the staff of Granite Gate Senior Living Community and Family Hospice Care for their care and support.

A private celebration of his life by family and friends will take place on June 14, 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, Family Hospice Care of Prescott, Ariz., or the ALS Association of Arizona.