Kalvin Norris

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On Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Kalvin "Glenn" Norris finished his work upon this Earth and went to be with his Heavenly father.

Glenn was born on December 7, 1954 and lived the majority of his life in South Louisiana. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and fondly recalled his days at "the camp" with his father, Oscar, and brother, Jimmy. He graduated from Berwick High School in Berwick, Louisiana in 1973. In 1975, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Carbonell, and began a romance that lasted 37 years.

He worked on the construction of the E.J. "Lionel" Grizzaffi Bridge that spans the Atchafalaya River, connecting Berwick with Morgan City. Soon after this endeavor he began nearly 25 years of work with Cameron Iron Works, machining pieces so vital to the nation's economy. He became a master of his trade and was proficient in electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, automotive repair, and any other field he set out to learn.

In 1996, Glenn and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska where they found new adventures, new friends, and new family. After his time with Cameron was finished, he began working at Unique Machine. He would stay with Unique for 10 years, during which time the company experienced unprecedented growth.

Glenn loved the Alaskan outdoors, especially four wheeling along the Knik River, spending time at the Theis cabin on Big Beaver Lake, and taking multiple trips to Cold Bay with his close friend, Dwight Jones. Glenn was a man with a heart as big as Alaska, shown by his positive effect upon all who knew him.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Alice Chain Norris; brother, David Norris; father-in-law, John Carbonell Sr.; brother-in-law, Michael Carbonell; and son-in-law, Mason P. Lagstrom.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Toni" Carbonell Norris; daughters; JoBeth Norris Adams and husband, Seth, Angelle Norris Lagstrom; son, Jason M. Norris and wife Rae Goedel Norris; and grandchildren, Elijah, Silas and Isaac Lagstrom, Aurora and Atlas Norris, all of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Fraley, of Berwick, Louisiana; brother Jimmy Norris, of Collins, Mississippi; stepmother, Yvonne Norris; stepsisters Connie Hebert, Judith Morrison and Lisa Ellis of South Louisiana, as well as, multiple nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4th at Chapel of the Cross on Hillside. In lieu of flowers, Glenn wished that donations be made to a fund that will seek to provide a Christian education to his grandchildren. Donations can be made to: Wells Fargo, Glenn Norris Memorial Fund, Acct # 7144519332.

The family wishes to express their most sincere gratitude to all who have supported them during Glenn's battle with ALS. Your many expressions of love have helped to ease their burdens.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2012