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Ray Norton

Died: Tue., Nov. 30, 2010

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POCATELLO-On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Ray B. Norton was called home to his Heavenly Father.

Ray was born in Zurich, Montana on March 30, 1929 to Henry and LaVinia (Hurst) Norton. He was the sixth of eight children. At the age of 6, he and his family moved to Declo, Idaho and he resided there until graduating high school in 1947.

On April 26, 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Worthington. He then served four years in the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict. They lived a short time in Blackfoot, where he worked as a mechanic for Cardon Motors then in 1954 made Pocatello their home, where he attended ISU and studied Mechanical Engineering. Ray worked for Park Price Motor and then later for the State Highway Department, while serving in the Army National Guard and running a small janitorial business with his wife.

In 1983, Ray started his own carpet cleaning business known as "Ray Norton Carpet Cleaning," which he and his wife owned until 2007, when they sold to R.B. Long his son- in- law.

Ray was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions including Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Elders Quorum, and finally as the Executive Secretary of the 18th ward. He was a High Priest. He was active in Scouts and in 1988, he was awarded the Silver Beaver. He also retired from the U.S. Army National Guard, after serving 27 years.

He enjoyed old movies, music from the big band era, doing puzzles, reading, and traveling. He also loved being of service to people and sharing his sense of humor. He loved the gospel, he loved the scriptures and going to the temple. He was a member of the Lions club and served as President and tail twister.

Ray and his wife have six children; Duane Norton of Pocatello, Idaho, Dan (Karen) Norton of Florence, Oregon, Brian (Jerri) Norton of Elko, Nevada, LaRae (R.B.) Long of Pocatello, Idaho, Janet (Isaac) Heiner of Pocatello, Idaho, and Julie (Chad) Marlow of Blackfoot, Idaho. He also has 26 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ray will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Pocatello West Stake Center located at, 3337 Hawthorne Road. A viewing will be held Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 South 4th Avenue from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Interment will be in the Mt. View Cemetery with military rites being conducted by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.

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Eric, Dianna and Jenna Krasa
   Posted Fri November 26, 2010
Ray had a wonderful sense of humor, and we looked forward to hearing a joke when he came to clean our carpets. He was so meticulous and hard working. We will miss him.

Dale & Susie Jones
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
Our prayers & thought are with you. What a wonderful person to have known. He leaves a wonderful legacy of service & dedication to our Heavenly Father & to all mankind. We love you all and send our deepest condolences

Sue Teeter
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will miss seeing Ray around town in his cleaning van, and I will miss having he and Dorothy come to my house to clean my carpets, and the conversations and laughs that we shared. He was always so kind to me, and really cared how I was doing. He had a heart as big as all outdoors, and it always showed. May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone of you in this time of need.

Sincerely,

Sue Teeter and Family

Judy Worthington Cole
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
I am so sorry to here about Uncle Ray, he was a fun loving guy! He will be missed!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Take care! Love You! Judy

Jerry L Boyce
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
I have fond memories of Bro. Norton. He always seemed to be jolly even though he was gruff at times. I always knew he was a teddy bear. It was great to live in the neighborhood with the Nortons. We had a good time growing up there.

Crystal Carson
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
Ray and Dorothy have been friends of my parents, Gayle & Dorothy Anderson, sharing in many fond memories, attending dinners and events, and Chubbuck Lion's activities.
Ray will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken&Jana Peters
   Posted Sun November 28, 2010
I was sadden to here of Ray's passing. Your whole was always so good to our family. I know that this is a sad time for you. I haven't your family for some time, but I remember each one of them. May good Lord be with each and every family member.

Ken&Jana Peters

John Stoor
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
I met Ray when he would come and clean carpets at the apartment complexes that I am associated with. He was always very friendly and would share a joke or two while he was with me. Dorothy would work along side him and I know he like her help. My dearest condolences to this family. R.B. and Larae have always treated me with respect and kindness and I hope to associate with them as long as they are willing to come and clean carpets. You are a great family. Ray lives on and will now be cleaning God's carpets.. He had just better watch what joke he tells him. John Stoor

Carolyn Jolley
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
Ray was a great friend of our family. Not only was he a friend at church, but in the community. He was always happy and since my Maiden name was Betts, he would always call me Little two bits. He will be missed by all.
Carolyn Betts Jolley
4810 Lady Jane Ave.
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Natalie Poole
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Janet & Family -

So very sorry for the loss of your dad! Hope you will find peace and comfort at this hard time. I will keep you in my prayers.

Natalie Poole

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