James "Jim" E. Norris, age 61, died at home in Three Forks on Feb. 23, 2007, from complications of diabetes.
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Jim was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Herman H. and JoAnn (Wilson) Norris. He was the oldest of five children -- Harold, Wayne, Barbara and Charles. As a young boy he was raised at a sawmill near Campwood, Ariz., where his father was employed. When Jim was in junior high school the family moved to Prescott, Ariz.
Right out of high school Jim joined the Navy and then the Navy Reserves. In the Navy he was a gunner's mate and retired as a chief petty officer after 28 years of proud military service. He then went to work for North Island Rework facility in San Diego as an aircraft engine repairman. In his spare time and throughout his life he was an avid scuba diver, semiprofessional clown (named Bubbles), and the first belly dancer making up to $100 hour. He went through the sheriff's reserve academy and was on the National City police reserve, and he was also a security guard for many years.
Jim loved to ride his (want-to-be Gold Wing) Triumph motorcycle, go camping, hunting, hiking, plinking with his boys. He was also a very good mechanic and worked on all our vehicles. Jim and Rose also loved to square dance and clog.
Jim married Rosalie Barham when she was 17 on June 28, 1968. They moved to National City and raised four sons, Jimmy, Jason, J.J. and Jake until they moved up to Three Forks to help manage a ceramic shop, Ye Olde Depot Shoppe, for her mom and dad. On June 26, 1971, Jim and Rose were sealed for time and all eternity in the LDS temple in Los Angeles, Calif.
Jim will be missed by all his family and friends.
Jim is survived by his wife, Rose, and his four sons, Jimmy of San Diego, Jason of Three Forks, J.J. (Dezi) of Three Forks, and Jake (Kim) of Bozeman; his three brothers, Harold (Kathy) of Arizona, Wayne of Prescott, Ariz., and Charles (Jan) of Texas; sister, Barbara (Steve) Henderson of Texas; brother-in-law, Robert (Laurel) Barham of Provo, Utah; grandchildren, James Norris, soon-to-be Molly Rose in May, Austin and Dallas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Three Forks, with Bishop Aaron Baczuk officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks. Viewing will be Thursday and Friday at K&L Mortuaries in Three Forks. Friends and family are invited to attend a luncheon following services at the LDS cultural hall.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2007