Los Angeles Times
NORTON, Walter Wesley
Walter Wesley Norton, 95, April 18, 1927 - February 16, 2023. Walt was born (at home) on 18th St. in Downtown L.A. but grew up in Hancock Park. After graduating Los Angeles High he attended the Merchant Marine Academy and later USC then Stanford University where he received his MBA in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as its postmaster in Germany for three years before returning to California to own and operate Norton Electric Wholesale in Los Angeles for 68 years until he passed. His marriage to his wife Joan endured for nearly 60 years until she died in 2010. Walt’s son, Walt Jr., and daughter, Elizabeth, also preceded him in death but he is survived by his sister Carol, a son, Scott, and four granddaughters, Sarah, Michelle, Samantha and Grace. Walt was President of NAED (an electrical distributor trade group) and active at St. Edmunds Episcopal in San Marino, CA where he resided for many decades. Walt’s passions were numerous—golf, hunting, fishing, gin (paired with rummy or tonic), finance, and an infectious, trite-free optimism. He was a devoted family man who was immeasurably loved and admired by those whom he touched during his long life.
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