Larry Dean Norton, 60 years young, of Marshall, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018, at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, from a terminal illness that took him far too soon.
He was born on September 23, 1958, in Covington, Kentucky, to Francis C. and Irma A. (Lanter) Norton. He attended school in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, and graduated from Grant County High School in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry C. Norton of Marshall; his adult daughter, Rebecca Norton of Phoenix, Arizona, and his sister Betty Waters of Taylor Mill, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Irma Norton; his older brother Gerald Norton, and his older sister Sandra (Cookie) Lovelace.
His first marriage to Rebecca’s mother, Elizabeth Cross also of Phoenix, ended in divorce. However, the two remained close friends. Larry had an incredible sense of humor and fortunately this was inherited by his daughter, Rebecca.
Having grown up in the Cincinnati area, he was a big fan of good Cincinnati-style chili and coneys. He lived on a dairy/tobacco farm for a bit with his Uncle Elmo and Aunt Juanita Hedges and acquired a strong work ethic at a young age. He learned to drive tractor on the farm and was a lifelong fan of a good tractor pull contest (John Deere). He loved automobiles (Chevrolet) and had a 1968 Chevy Impala and 1968 Chevy Caprice that he spent a good amount of time gathering parts for and tinkering with when he was able. He always loved to go to a car show and respected any muscle car from the ’70s or earlier.
An avid gardener, he would make his own compost, fine tune it and share the garden bounty with his co-workers and neighbors. Although he could be a sharp-dressed man when an occasion called for it, he was always most comfortable wearing a pair of sweats and a hoody to putter around performing his many garden tasks.
He also loved the deep cuts of classic rock, guns and burgers with tomato, lettuce and mayo. He absolutely despised warm beer and a former neighbor who egged his car.
After moving to the Northern Virginia area in the late 1980s, he spent most of his life working with electronics in quality-control positions where he could use his highly perfectionistic tendencies for good. He found his niche in the mechanical field and enjoyed that aspect the most.
He was employed at Northrup Grumman as a principle quality assurance inspector for the Mechanical Machine Shop Work Center prior to his death and enjoyed the challenge of the job, however the commute to get to the area was a slight hindrance to his overall satisfaction, as it is with many in this area. Good ol’ 66.
A casual gathering of friends will be at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton on Wednesday, October 3, between 5 and 7 p.m.
“To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die” — Thomas Campbell.