Robert Arnold Norton
May 19, 1932 - December 26, 2016
Known affectionately as "Bob" to his friends, and "Papa" to his family, he died quietly at home after a long battle with deteriorating health. He was 84 years old.
Bob was born in Washington D.C. on May 19, 1932, the only child of his parents, Kenneth and Rosalind Norton. Bob grew up there; however after WWII, had an opportunity in high school to spend a summer working on a surveying crew in Wyoming and Montana. That summer would change his life forever, when he found his passion in the mountains and the West. Soon thereafter he decided to attend the University of Colorado, where he graduated with both his bachelor's and master's degrees. It was at college where he met the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Marcia. His parents soon joined him in Boulder, when Kenneth transferred to the newly commissioned National Bureau of Standards. Bob was an Algebra teacher and spent 33 years teaching at Baseline Junior High School before he retired in 1988.
Bob loved the mountains, backpacking and fishing extensively all over Colorado, Wyoming and Montana whenever he could find the opportunity to do so. Bob was a veteran and served his country in the National Guard. He and Marcia both retired from teaching and moved to Grand Junction in 1995, where they enjoyed their loving friends and family.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Julie (Peter) Boomgaard of Grand Junction, Colorado; son, William (Bridget) Norton of Richmond, Texas; granddaughter, Natalie Boomgaard and great-grandson, Samson McCaleb of Grand Junction, Colorado; grandson, Mark Boomgaard of Houston, Texas; grandson, Tyler (Shannon) Norton and great-grandson, Elliot of Austin, Texas, and grandson, Grant (Liz) Norton of Houston, Texas.
Bob was always optimistic, friendly, outgoing, took the time to listen, and was incredibly encouraging to those around him. He was persistent, patient, and genuinely one of a kind. He is dearly missed already.
His wife, Marcia, preceded him in death this past February. It is comforting to know that he is peacefully resting and that he has been reunited with her once again!
A celebration of his life will be held at Martin Mortuary on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 4, 2017