Rob  Norton

Rob Norton

Sunday, January 29th, 1961 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Robert (Rob) Lavern Norton passed away unexpectedly in his home March 17, 2020 at the age of 59. Rob was born on January 29, 1961 to Robert and Elaine Norton in Hood River, OR. He was the youngest, and only brother to Nancy (Matthews), Carrie (Billings) and Sheryl (Graves).

Rob grew up in Pine Grove and graduated from Hood River Valley High School. In middle school, Rob played many sports but his activities became more social in nature, as he got to high school. Rob could be described as a jokester, class clown and life of the party. While active in FFA, he raised cows and other livestock. He also enjoyed tinkering with his car and living out his Evil Knievel dreams on his motorcycle.

Rob continued his education (as he would say), in the school of “hard knocks,” working a variety of jobs in the agricultural industry. He started with Willis Family Orchards and later became a Field Man at Diamond Fruit, Stadelman’s and Chamberlain Agriculture. Rob eventually worked with his sister, Sheryl, at GS Long, where he became the manager. The key to Rob’s success was his natural ability to “shoot the shit” with anyone. When you had a conversation with Rob, (business or personal), you always left having had a good laugh and being encouraged.

In 1990, Rob married Cheryl Cates, and in 1994 became a dad to his daughter, Taylor. Taylor immediately melted Rob’s already very tender heart. Rob married Tracy Sanguras in 1999 and their son, Austin, entered the world in 2000. While Rob’s role as father and husband was the center of his world, he also enjoyed coaching, cheering on both of his kids in sports and taking his family on camping adventures.

Rob could not have been prouder of his kids. He beamed as Taylor graduated high school and set off for Hawaii to become a nurse. An added blessing was giving her away in marriage to Clay, who soon became not only a son-in-law, but a true friend. He was also very proud to see Austin flourish in high school and begin his college career at George Fox University, working toward a degree in Criminal Justice.

Rob loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. Everyone who knew Rob has multiple stories of times he cracked them up with his jokes and wild pranks. Beyond all of this, his family was the center of his entire world. He lived to provide for them and make them happy.

Rob gave so much to so many. Whether he was playing Santa during the holidays, plowing driveways during the winter, auctioneering at local fundraisers, or calling BINGO for his mother-in-law’s local sorority chapter, Rob was always willing to step up and help others.

Rob loved to travel with his family, work in his meticulously-kept yard, complete home projects, and host barbecues and poker nights with friends. There were very few people in the valley who didn’t call Rob a friend. He will be dearly missed by all.

Rob was proceeded in death by his mother Elaine Norton, father Robert Norton, step mother Barbara Norton, and step sister Sally Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Tracy Norton, his daughter Taylor (Clay) Cox, son Austin Norton, siblings Nancy (Ernie) Matthews, Carrie (Dennis) Billings, and Sheryl (Randy) Graves, step siblings Sherrie Chevron, Susan (Larry) Lucas, and Mike Johnson, his mother-in-law Debbie Sanguras, sister-in-law Lindsey (Lang) Cook, brother-in-law Todd (Katrina) Sanguras, nieces Joyce Willis, Tina (John) Combs, Shana Mattson, Sara (Chris) Rumrill, Anika Sanguras, Kennedy Cook, nephews Cole Billings, Derrik Johnson, Reed Johnson, Beckam Sanguras, and Kameran Cook, great nephew Blake Willis, and great nieces Grace and Tatum Willis.

Due to the current Corona Virus concerns, both the graveside service and Celebration of Life will be postponed until further notice. Details of both events will be provided by family once information is available.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Pine Grove Butte Cemetery
    2687 Van Horn Drive
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Robert Norton passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2020 at his home in Hood River, Oregon. Rob was born on January 29, 1961 and was 59 years of age at the time of his passing. A committal service is planned for 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery (2687 Van Horn Drive, Hood River, Oregon, 97031). A public memorial service will be held and announced at a later date when health restrictions get lifted.


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Annette (Annie) Wells

Posted at 04:31pm
Tracy and family,
Carrie, Nancy and Sheryl-
I want you to know how very sorry I am for the shocking loss of ‘Robbie’. My heart hurts for each of you. Part of me feels like this is unreal or maybe because I wish it were.
I grew up in Pine Grove with the Norton family and you all are like my ‘other’ family. The ‘jokester’ Robbie for sure followed in his Dads footsteps in that regard :)
By not living in Hood River does it lessen the love I have for the special people I grew up with. Robbie and his family are/were a huge part of my childhood giving me numerous special memories to hold on to.
It’s taken me this long to write something and I apologize for that but for me, words have been hard to come by.
Please know I have been thinking of each of you and continue to do so. Robbie was a pretty special person and definitely had a gift to make people laugh.
I will always remember his goofy joking, laughter and his smile! I will miss not seeing him again.
Hugs to each of you.
Annette (Annie) Wells

Janet Sjoblom

Posted at 07:32pm
Dear Tracy,
What a wonderful man you chose! You may wonder at times how the world just keeps spinning when your world has stopped...We will hold you and your family in our hearts during this very sad time. Janet, Michael, Owen & Sawyer Clemett

Sue & Pat Moore

Posted at 12:26pm
Memories of Rob's "nuttiness" are still bringing a smile to a lot of folks. He was seldom without a laugh or a devilish grin on his face. Our hearts go out to all of you in the family during this hard time.

Melanie Bloom

Posted at 04:38pm
The Nortons were so much a part of my growing up in Pine Grove and with Robbie being the closest to me in age, I think I related to him most. The world has lost another Norton Great. I'm so very sorry to his wonderful sisters, wife, daughter and son.


Posted at 12:30pm
Tracy, Austin and Taylor,
Words aren't enough to say how sorry we are of your lost. Rob will be truly missed in this valley. Delta Kappa will definitely
miss him. For he was after all "Mr. ESA. And so much more than that. Rob was always there when we needed help with something.
And his since of humor was always present in what ever he did. What ever he did with us you could count on it being hysterical.
But this is just one of the organizations Rob has left a footprint on. There are so many others that he has helped. yes, Rob will
truly be missed by everyone in the Valley!

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