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Joseph Alanson Norton, of Salt Lake City, passed away in his sleep on May 5, 2011. He was a patient at Highland Care Rehabilitation Center, working to improve his health in order to return to his apartment at the Wentworth at East Millcreek Assisted Living Center. Joseph had celebrated his 100th birthday on January 2nd, 2011, and was quite proud of having become a member of the Utah Centenarians Club. Joseph was born January 2, 1911, in Logan, Utah, to Elvin Jensen Norton and Martha Amanda (Barron) Norton. He was the fifth of eight children, and one of six boys in the family. Joe still has two surviving "baby" brothers, Harold and Don, who are only 97 and 95. He spent his early years living near the State Capitol, then near the city cemetery, and finishing up his childhood living on Fifth South just west of the University. Joe graduated from the University of Utah in 1932 with a BA in Business following graduation from LDS High School in 1928. After graduation from the U, he worked at several jobs in the city. During this time, he met the love of his life, Ida Olson, at the dedication of the University Library, which later became the Museum of Natural History. They married on September 9th, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple, and remained in love for nearly 73 years. They were together until Ida passed away just before her 99th birthday in March of 2010. Joe has once again been reunited with his sweetheart. The University was to play an important part in his life, as his father was the registrar there for many years. Following in his father's footsteps, he became the registrar in 1944 and held that post until 1965, when he was chosen to be the Director of Admissions at Arizona State University. He retired from that position in 1976. He was appointed to several positions of responsibility over the years in the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. After retirement, Joe and Ida returned to Salt Lake City to be nearer to their roots and to the friends they had made in earlier years. They moved to Cottonwood Heights, then to a condo on 2nd South downtown. In 2004 they moved to Highland Cove Independent Living Center, and finally on to the Wentworth in 2009. Joe was an active member of the LDS Church and held positions in many ward auxiliaries, in quorums and stake callings. He also served in the Arizona temple, the Jordan River temple, and the Salt Lake temple. He was still actively working in the Salt Lake temple into his nineties. Grandpa Joe continued to be funny and entertaining up to the very end, and could always be counted on for a quip or a pun to lighten the mood. He was drawing laughs from the folks at the staff meeting with his remarks just hours before his passing. All of his descendants have their own memories of his humorous comments and observations. Joe and Ida were the parents of three children: Linda (Stan) Korte, Joseph David Norton, and Carol (Ray) Sherer. He is survived by five grandchildren: Jon Korte, Tim (Kathy) Korte, Karen Korte, Matt (Jennifer) Sherer, and Kate Sherer, as well as six great-grandchildren: Caroline Korte, Ryan Korte, Dillon Korte, Angela Korte, Neven Sherer, and Daria Sherer. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staffs at the Wentworth Assisted Living Center and at Highland Care Center for the kind and compassionate care they provided to Joe during his time with them. We are truly grateful for all of the love he received. Funeral services will be held at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, on Monday, May 9th, at noon. Friends and family may visit on Sunday, May 8th, from 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening, and on Monday from 11:00 to 12:00 before the service. Condolences may also be left at www.larkinmortuary.com.