Keith Ray Norton was born in the home of his grandparents in Junction, Utah, on April 29, 1928, to Clifford Ray Norton and Edrie Elizabeth Woods Norton. He left mortality peacefully on August 11, 2013, with his wife by his side. Over the years, as his illness progressed, he faced its every challenge with enduring courage and exemplary dignity.
Dad’s career in the trucking business started in 1948 when he bought his first truck. When he was 26 years old he began working with his close friend, Dutch Aires, driving throughout the county. His profession later included IML and Overnite Transportation.
He received an award for driving 6,000,000 (yes, six million) accident-free miles. Dad retired three times, and following each retirement was talked into accepting jobs to help others. He especially had fond memories of filling in for vacationers (which became a full-time job) at Detroit Diesel.
Dad was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for western history. Of special interest to him was the history of Butch Cassidy’s (LeRoy Parker) life.
Growing up, the Parker Ranch was separated only by U.S. 89 from the Norton ranch. As a baby dad lived in the infamous Butch Cassidy’s cabin in Circleville, Utah.
Dad had a special bond with all children, especially his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many others he loved and cared for as his own. He was called “grandpa” and “great-grandpa” by the lucky few. This list would not be complete without mentioning his special Pomeranians: Allie, Reno and grand-dog Bella, whom he loved with all his heart.
Survived by his wife, Lorena Foust Norton; children, Robert Norton (Lisa), Susie Norton-Laird (Jack), Richard Norton (Lisa), Kathryn Dennison (Chris), DiAnn Fortner; stepchildren, Tonya Lynch (Keith), Peder Kopperud (Tracey), Kenneth Davis (Dee); sisters, Loretta Nay and Charlotte Barnson, and all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many others that were all very dear and important to him.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers-in-law, Kent Nay and Carol Barnson; many aunts, uncles and dear friends.
The family wishes to offer a special thanks to the staff of Best Home Health & Hospice of Evanston, Wyo.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Unita Street, Evanston, where a visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment: Evanston City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Keith Norton to Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, 257 11th Avenue, SLC, UT 84103. The mission of the center is to provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process. The Salt Lake center serves children in Wyoming & Utah.