Don Orrin Norton was Born January 6, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN to Candice and Emily ‘Marion’ (Jenkins).
He never graduated from high school and served for a while at the CCC Camp in Chisholm, MN. While there, Pearl Harbor was bombed and Don received permission to sign up for the US Army and enlisted Jan. 15, 1941. He served in the Amer-ical Division in Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons and Southern Philippines. He was honorably discharged Aug. 30, 1945. Upon returning home he met his first girlfriend, Gloria Olson and married her February 14, 1947. After a few unsuccessful job attempts Donald joined the MN Army National Guard until his retirement.
Donald is survived by his children Kathy Jean Norton, Timothy (Dottie) Norton, Mike (Kathy) Norton, Dennis (Daninne Egizio), Kevin (Darcie) Norton, Shawn (Nancy) Norton, and Colleen (Murrey) Anderson; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and counting.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria (12/20/18), his parents Candice and Marion, his brothers James and Robert and one great-granddaughter, Kerri Ann Norton.
In lieu of the close proximity of their deaths, Don and Gloria’s funerals were held together December 27, 2018. A public Memorial Service will be held for Donald at the Camp Ripley Base Chapel July 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a lunch at the Base Town Hall.
Arrangements were with Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.