Northwest NEWS

January 21, 2002


George Norton of Woodinville died Jan. 11. He was 68.

Mr. Norton was born on March 4, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In his early childhood his family spent several years living in the Philippines where his father managed various mining operations. Returning to Utah in his youth, Mr. Norton attended school in Park City and graduated from East High School and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
   Mr. Norton was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1953 to 1955.
   In 1963, George married Carolyn Ann Miller. Shortly after the birth of their sons, Mark and Burke, they moved to California, where their daughter, Kristin, was born. In 1978 Mr. Norton moved his family to Woodinville. He spent 31 years working for the Ford Motor Company in sales and marketing management. Mr. Norton was an avid reader, with a special interest in World War II history. He enjoyed world travel and spent many summers vacationing at his mountain property in Baker's Peak, Colo., and with his sister's family at Lake Tahoe.
   Mr. Norton died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He will be dearly missed.
   He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn; his sister, Jacqueline Fleckles of Novato, Calif.; his three children: Mark, Burke and Kristin and their families; three grandchildren: David and Kathryn Norton and Matthew Welter; and his aunt, Anne Hamilton of Everett. Those wishing to make contributions may do so in his name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, New Canaan, Conn.
   David W. Nichols
   A private family memorial service for David Nichols, 78, or Kirkland, has been held. He died at the Kirkland Lodge at Lakeside on Jan. 7. He was born on July 3, 1923, in Killdeer, N.D., the son of Alonzo and Claylea Nichols. He was raised in Killdeer where he attended school. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war he worked for Greyhound Bus as an auto mechanic. For several years he lived in Wolfpoint, Mont., where he continued his auto mechanic career. Later he worked for Washington Memorial Cemetery in Seattle, also as an auto mechanic. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Boulevard Auto Service in Burien. Mr. Nichols enjoyed country western music and spending time with his family and friends.
   He is survived by two daughters, Kay Vandel, of Woodinville, and Karen Lineburg, of Hammond, Ind.; a son, David Nichols, of Forest Grove, Ore.; one sister, Joy Wessel, of South Dakota; one brother, Herbert Nichols, of California; seven grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to sign the family's on-line guest book at