29 November, 2021: The world lost a true hero and heaven gained another great man with the passing of Robert Leo Norton, beloved husband, father, grandfather, Bishop, teacher and friend to so many on November 29, 2021. Aged 81 years young and at home and surrounded by his family.
Bob as he was most often referred to by family and friends was born to goodly parents, Orrin Elroy Norton and Della Morrill both of which he held the deepest respect on July 31, 1940 in LaPoint, Utah. He often stated that whilst not wealthy in possessions during his youth it was substituted by an abundance of love and laughter.
He is survived by the love of his life and the “cutest girl he had ever seen” , Jacqui for 57 years as well as five children, Vera Crabtree (Farren), Bob Norton (Tamarah), Daniel Norton (Aminta), Matthew Norton (Marcie) and David Norton. He is also survived by his sister Rhea Hadlock as well as brothers, Arlen Norton (Judy) and Leonard Norton, 22 grandchildren and 15 great children. He is preceded in his passing by his parents, brothers Leon Norton and Richard Keith Norton as well as sister, Ina Mae Norton.
Being somewhat shy and quiet in his youth, he learned it’s best to listen intently rather than speak too often. This wonderful trait carried over to his being such a great listener and help to all those in need. Forever known as a diehard San Francisco Giants fan & somewhat of a jokester, he enjoyed keeping the moments light by quoting movie lines, sharing moments with the biggest bowls of ice cream ever known and no family gathering was complete without a viewing of the movie “Tombstone”, a tradition that still is being carried down through the generations. He would often proclaim “I’m Your Huckleberry” when someone asked for help and stated “Say When” when serving food, which always got everyone laughing. He didn’t pass on the opportunity to “short sheet” his father’s bed on one vacation home from school or greet his new wife with a pillow of shave cream when coming to bed (not too funny for her). As Mark Twain stated “Humor is the great thing the minute it crops up, all of our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place”.
His dreams of becoming a Naval Officer began in High School while regularly watching “Men of Annapolis” with his father. While seeming to be an impossible dream and with very little means and through immense studying, he gained admittance to the Academy through a Fleet Appointment from the regular Navy, one of the many, many miracles he saw come to pass in his lifetime. He loved his country and enjoyed serving in this calling.
Upon completing the required service and now having two small children, he decided it was best to depart ways and embark upon his business career which landed him with Longs Drug Store. After quickly moving up the ranks, he became store manager to one particular store in Santa Rosa, California which became the most successful and highest volume store in the District. Many lifelong friendships were solidified and wonderful people met along the way. Upon relocating to Utah, he then went on to teach with the Math Department at West High School in Salt Lake City and had the opportunity to pass along his great love of math, science, physics and exceptionally calm & easy to understand teaching methods to so many youth for many years.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which was of utmost importance in his life, he was given the opportunity to serve in many duties and callings, one of which was very important to him as Bishop of the Petaluma, California ward for many years. He was then given the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of serving a mission for his Church. In 2002 and with his wife by his side, they left their home and bravely set out for the first of two missions to Russia, which was among the highlights of his and Jacqui’s life to love, serve and teach the loving people along their pathway in the Vladivastok and Kaliningrad areas. It was said that he always had a part of his heart there with the Russian people whom he loved and cared for deeply.
Bob also found great satisfaction as a member of the Santa Rosa and Salt Lake City Kiwanas organizations which furthered his ability to serve others, which was one of his most outstanding attributes.
In an earlier blessing given to Bob through his church when at the Naval Academy in 1962, the promises given to him at that time were fulfilled in his lifetime as he had the great privilege to rear a family and see them grow to maturity and that he was a proper example and counselor not only in his own home but also with those who he associated and administered to their needs. He was a tower of strength through his actions and testimony with advice always being quietly welcomed & received with confidence and open arms.
His love, respect for everyone, commitment to his beliefs, faith and family were his crowning glory and the example that will be his legacy for now and futures of generations.
Visitation will be on Sunday, December 12th, 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at McDonald and Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be on Monday, December 13th, 2021 at 10:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3185 Dahlonega Highway Cumming, Georgia 30040.
Burial will be on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at Georgia National Cemetery at 10:30am.
At his request, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the humanitarian funds of the LDS Church to help others in need.https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/church/humanitarian-services/humanitarian-aid-fund.html?cde2=475-Humanitarian-home&cid=Humanitarian-home-donate-button&
Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899