Henry Norton Jr.

Henry Norton Jr.

October 27, 1940 — February 16, 2019

Henry Norton Jr. passed away on Feb. 16, 2019, in his home surrounded by family and friends.

Henry G. (Hank) Norton Jr. was born Oct. 27, 1940, to Henry G. Norton Sr. and Margret Galvan Norton, of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1959 and joined the United States Air Force after high school. He was honorably discharged in 1963.

He married Berta Alsobrook on Dec. 7, 1963, in Midland, Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas with a BS degree in criminal justice and retired from the Midland Police Department as a lieutenant after 36 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; his older sister, Mary Norton; and a niece, Beth Strehle.

Hank is survived by his wife, Berta; daughter, Heather and husband, Brian, and children Christian and Faith Melass of Lake Jackson; his son, Henry III and wife, Darlene Jo, and children Shania, Henry IV, Aubree and Logan Blue and two great-grandchildren, all of Midland Texas; his sister, Peggy and husband Robert Strehle of Fairfax, Virginia; sister, Terri and husband Jim Monahan of Brooklyn New York, and brother, Edward and wife Barbara Norton of Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Hank enjoyed learning new things. He developed a passion for photography and incorporated his skills and techniques to help better the criminal investigations unit of the MPD. His passion for computer integration led him to help design and implement the first computer systems for the Midland Police Department.

Hank enjoyed time on the water. He and Berta spent their free time before children scuba diving. After the children, they spent their free time at the lake boating or jet skiing. Hank always had a project going at the house from deck building to land clearing.

Hank was proud of his Irish ancestry, and lived his life confident and bold.

In recent years, Hank’s favorite past time was to watch the History channel. He was a life long learner and found the world fascinating. Hank loved to explore the world around him and used his great sense of humor to keep others laughing.

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