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Fort Thomas High School
Saturday April 2nd, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Fort Thomas High School
Saturday April 2nd, 2022

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Ashurst Cemetery
Saturday April 2nd, 2022

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Honk Norton

Honk Norton, of Fort Thomas, entered life eternal Monday, March 21, 2022, at his residence with his wife, Roberta, by his side. He was 88.

Marland LaVon “Honk” Norton, was born at home in Hubbard, Arizona, on October 14, 1933.  He grew up running through the fields, river, and neighbors’ kitchens. He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse across the river from Pima. He then attended school in Pima where he graduated High School. He attended and graduated from Eastern Arizona College, and then onto ASU with a full ride Basketball Scholarship.

After attending one year, he was drafted into the Army. Once he completed service to his country he attended BYU for one semester, and then back to ASU where he finished his education.

He met the love of his life, Roberta (Bird Legs) Stratton. They were married February 6, 1959, and started their lives in Ft. Thomas, both working for the school district. After his retirement from Ft. Thomas High School, he became a farmer/rancher, was responsible for bringing the Arizona All-Star High School Sports Camp to Graham County, served as the President of the Mt. Graham Regional Hospital Foundation Board (during this time the Cancer Center was developed and opened), and served on the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), of which he became President.

Honk is survived by: his wife, Roberta; sons, Brian and Toby (Allison); daughters, Cindy (Cliff) and Sterlene (Chris); 10 grandchildren and 10.5 great- grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family

Funeral services for Honk will be conducted Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., at the Fort Thomas High School old gym by Bishop Wyatt Palmer of the Fort Thomas Ward. Concluding services, with military honors conferred by the Gila Valley Veterans Honor Guard, will follow in the Ashurst Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., also at the high school.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. (MST).

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Mr. Norton was my all time favorite teacher. He treated me like a friend every time I saw him. Definitely influenced my life for good. He will be missed. My condolences to the family

Charlene Hatter Long May 11 2022 11:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Honk Norton

Annie Bowman-Urie Apr 6 2022 12:47 PM

What great memories we have! As Louis L\'Amour said, \"... what else have we but memories? For all life is divided into two parts: anticipation and memory, and if we remember richly, we must have lived richly.\" We have great memories of our association with Honk and we look forward with anticipation for the next chapter is our eternal relationships!

Keith and Kathleen Crockett Apr 4 2022 10:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Honk Norton

Clarence E McBride Apr 2 2022 3:10 PM

Honk was my class mate In Pima and worked in the cotton fields with him and ash his Dad. I so happy I got to visit with him last summer as much I live in Murrieta, Condolence to his family which he was very proud off. Rest in peace. Tony Chavez

Tony Chavez Apr 2 2022 11:46 AM

Honk is a LEGEND. He was an instructor, coach, friend, jokester, storyteller, hunter, traveler, athlete, leader and it goes on and on. What will live in my heart about Honk is his laughter and his sincere concern for others. Honk, I will truly miss your presence in my life. ❤️

Becky Johnson Mar 31 2022 1:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Honk Norton

Marty and Sherrie Johnson Mar 30 2022 11:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Honk Norton

Rex and Merilyn McEuen Mar 30 2022 2:18 PM

A great man, a great teacher. He truly was an inspiration to me and made a difference in my life. My deepest most sincere condolences to the Norton family.

Herb Whidden Mar 30 2022 10:44 AM

I remember well HONK , Dell @ Ed Hubbard and Terrrel Bryce on the Bryce Round up and uncle Wills comment on how much those boys could eat. Lot s of good memories.

Ross Bryce Mar 29 2022 5:14 PM

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