Norman L. Horton, 93, of Jacksonville, Ore., passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on September 9, 1917. His career was a long one, graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1941, and serving in the Coast Guard as a line officer and pilot, flying search and rescue for 24 years. He then taught as a professor at University of Southern California for ten years, teaching aviation safety and management. He obtained his masters degree while teaching at the university. His third career was his own consulting business, Aviation Safety and Management Consultants, in which he was active until the age of 82.
Norman was a founding member of The Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl, a Coast Guard Aviation Organization. He received many honors throughout his illustrious career. His passion was saving lives and making airplanes safer for all. His loves were his family, fishing, tinkering in his shop, and making his wife, Lucille, happy. They moved to Oregon in 1979, building their dream home, which Lucille had designed, on Old Stage Road, in Central Point.
Norman is survived by his children, Pamela Roehrig, of San Pedro, Calif., Stephanie Horton, of Jacksonville, Ore., and Robert Horton, of Medford, Ore.; as well as two grandchildren, Lola Pearl Horton, and Kyle Riddle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, in 2007. He will be lovingly remembered and in our hearts forever. Donations can be made to KC Adult Foster Care, 2508 Argonne Way, Medford, OR 97504. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.