Tracy Lee Norton

tracy-kingsgate-houseTracy Norton, of Lynnwood, Washington, died at the age of 54 on April 11, 2016 after a swift series of devastating medical diagnoses and events. Born in north Seattle in 1961 to the late Willard G. Norton and the late Norma V. Harrigan Norton (nee Locander), Tracy attended schools in the Shoreline School District and worked as a third generation tile and marble mason. Along with his younger brother, Shawn, who was also his best friend, Tracy learned the trade from his father and grandfather, the late Willard H. Norton, founder of Norton Tile and Marble Company in Seattle. Tracy worked from an early age in this family business and spent many after-school hours and weekends at the company warehouse on Lake Union during his teens.

Tracy valued relationships over things, and had a fundamental trust of humanity.  He was known for his empathy, generosity, artistic vision, uncanny ability to comprehend mechanical and technical information, and the high quality of his work. He enjoyed social media and was perennially interested in information technology. He had an abiding love and respect for animals, especially for dogs. Tracy had a special bond with Bear, his childhood Sheepdog cross, and with Canelo, a more recent cattle dog cross.

Tracy is remembered by many as kind and thoughtful. He avoided gossip and thought the best of people even when others didn’t. As a friend, he offered an earnest listening ability, the sincere desire to help, honest advice, and a sense of humor. Tracy lived life on his own terms and sought to understand the world and his place in it.

Tracy leaves behind a son, Chase, as well as Raylee and Sterling White, with whom he had parental relationships.

Family members include: Shawn C. Norton (brother); Suzie Nott, Cindy Norton Christianson, Colleen Harrigan, and Kathy Harrigan (half-sisters); Jon and Dave Emerick (step-brothers); Pat Norton (step-mother); Justin, Savannah, and Kyle Norton, Rhianne Mitchell, Katie Baydek, Adrianne Lee Nott, Kelsey Jo Belgum, Brooke Christianson, Lena Scott, Teresa Harrigan and Shannon Tissue-Shaffer (nieces and nephews). Tracy was like a brother to Teresa and Shannon who grew up in the same household and later were his neighbors.

Tracy leaves behind a variety of close friends and co-workers who will miss his unique insights, his contagious smile, and his mellow voice. This includes groups of friends from Montlake and North City, comrades with whom he enjoyed an enduring closeness.



4 Responses to “Tracy Lee Norton”

  • Cindy Christianson says:

    Our time was too short….so many conversations not finished. You were making your way back to the family and we all left work undone. We have many great childhood experiences, despite the chaos and dysfunction. You were a gentle soul, loving brother and I will miss you terribly.We had our differences and Im glad we got to forgive each other.
    I told you I would be sure to stay in touch with Chase and I will. There are many tales to be told. Be carefree now dear brother…you will live on in my heart.

  • Barb Colvin says:

    Tracy you were the love of my
    Life and always will be forever and I will miss you badly. We had a wonderful life when we were together and was even going to be back together in June. But now God has you in his hands and you are no longer in pain. You will FOREVER BE IN MY HEART AND ON MY MIND. I LOVE YOU AND FOREVER WILL LOVE YOU!!!

  • Lisa Saurdiff says:

    So sad such a great man..and was great getting back in touch after all the years will be missed greatly. .rest easy in the arms of god. .Love and peace forever yours….God Bless

  • Rhianne Mitchell says:

    Tracy you were my best friend growing up… we watched tv every morning before school played outside and you started to teach me pool…. you also steps up to take care of your dad and I was greatful for that…. when I left for Mexico it was my last holiday before leaving you gave me an awesome fourth of July and it was sleeving I will never forget…. you always loved to get me to smile…I love you so much and always will to the moon and back

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