Lives Lived: John Norris |

Lives Lived: John Norris

John Pat Norris Sr. died Feb. 4 in Hackettstown, N.J. He was 93.

He was born Jan. 6, 1917 in Big Springs, Texas. He graduated from El Paso High School, Texas, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and tennis.

Mr. Norris married Mary Zoe Nichols in Deming, N.M., in 1936.

He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad building trestles and learning the rigging trade. He was later hired to go to Pearl Harbor and to rebuild after the bombing.

Mr. Norris worked for Fluor Corp. and was rigging superintendent on the Davis Dam project on the Colorado River. He became a supervisor and job superintendent. During the 1960s and 1970s he worked worldwide until his retirement from Fluor.

He enjoyed fishing and vegetable gardening. While in Penn Valley, he grew oat hay and was awarded the 2003 Conservationist of the Year at age 86.

He was a member of the Grass Valley Elks Club and Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Mr. Norris is survived by his son, John Pat Norris Jr. of Grass Vallaey; daughters, Zola K. Mills of Hackettstown and Karen E. Jones of Corona, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Norris.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley.

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