Brad was born October 30, 1942, at the family home in Grover. He was one of five children of the late Clifford C. and Millie (Adams) Horton. He was a 1960 graduate of Canton High School and served in the U.S. Army while stationed in Alaska during the Vietnam War. On July 31, 1969, he married the former Sharon Hicks and were blessed with two children.
Brad proudly served 26 years with the Pennsylvania State Police, earning the rank of Corporal before retiring in 1994. He then owned and operated Heather Oaks Construction.