John Louis “Jack” Norlin Sr., 73, passed away Nov. 15, 2012, in Houston. He was laid to rest at Restland Cemetery in Dallas on Nov. 19. Rev. Jimmy Vaughn officiated at his service and Jack was interred with full Military Honors.
Jack, a 22-year resident of Greenville, was born in North Bend, Ore., to Walter John and Cora Larsen Norlin on Jan. 25, 1939. After graduating high school, he was educated at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Angelo State University in Texas, and Troy University in California. After marrying Margret Elaine Burk on April 2, 1961, they began their 51-year marriage in San Angelo. He began his 26-year military career with four years in the U.S. Army; and his military service took them to Taiwan, San Antonio, Vietnam (as a veteran of the Vietnam War), Turkey, Japan, then back to San Antonio. Retiring as a captain, after 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, he began his second career in Greenville as a systems engineer with E-Systems, Raytheon and L-3, retiring from L-3 in 2004.
A man of many interests, Jack loved learning and teaching. Throughout his life he held positions as teacher, coach, counselor, tutor and mentor. He was a father of four children, but was known to many as “Pop.” He was always ready with a listening ear, helpful advice, and a good tease for fun. Ever ready with a fun fact or story, he was known as a man who never met a stranger. He explored photography, music, acting, drawing, and was a published author.
Jack is survived by his wife, Margret Norlin of Houston; his children, Dacia Norlin Blair of Houston, Tim (Kellie) Norlin of Reno, Texas, John (Stacye) Norlin of Mesquite, and Kami (Scott) Keim of Houston; his brother, Tom (Pam) Norlin of Astoria, Ore.; and his beloved grandchildren, Brianna, Troy, Makayla, Tori, Jeffrey, Aaron, Travis, Connor, Corinne, and Jackson; as well as many loving cousins and dear friends.
Please make any memorials in his name to the American Heart Association.
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