Jack Copeland Norton
Jack Copeland Norton
  • November 22, 1931 - May 22, 2014
  • Tampa, Florida

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NORTON, John Copeland (Jack) of Tampa, Florida passed away on May 22, 2014 at the age of exactly 82-½. Jack was born November 22, 1931, to John Francis Norton and Katherine Copeland Norton in Chicago Illinois. At age 19 Jack joined the US Navy Submarine Service. Jack cruised the world beneath the sea's surface and returned to meet and marry his dream girl, Martha Sue Stephens. He soon attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Jack soon obtained his Professional Engineer License for Pennsylvania and Florida and began a very successful career. Jack became the BEST DAD EVER to daughter Kyna Lynn Norton and son John Stephens Norton. Working for Dravo Corporation, Jack built monumental construction projects throughout the United States. Projects included bridges over the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, river locks and hydroelectric dams. With Dravo, Jack was the lead man and Project Manager of the Archives Subway Station in Washington DC. Moving to Tampa in 1977, Jack became the Vice President of the Tampa based Hardaway Constructors & is responsible for many notable Florida projects. Jack lived in the Florida Keys for a time and built many of the newer US1 bridges there. His local notoriety will carry you straight to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge where Jack led the efforts to remove the old Skyway Structure and build the main pier foundations for the new and existing Skyway Bridge. Jack started his own consulting firm in 1984 and worked until his untimely death at 82-1/2. years young. Jack was an avid sportsman, hunter, fisherman, marksman, and scuba diver and traveled throughout North America and the Bahamas to practice his sport. Most of ALL Jack was an amazing husband and DAD. He is survived by his two sisters Kay Smalley and Susie Gilby, daughter Kyna N. Thomas son-in-law Wade and son J. Steve Norton with his wife Judy. He also leaves behind his grandson's Bradley Thomas & Jon Thomas and his granddaughter Lindsey Norton of Americas Got Talent 2012.

Visitation and viewing Tuesday Evening May 27, from 6PM-8PM
Moss Feaster Funeral Home
2550 Highlands Blvd N,
Palm Harbor, FL, US.
(727) 562-2090

Church Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Community United Methodist Church of Oldsmar
207 East Buckingham Ave.
Oldsmar, Florida 34677

If you would like to send something in Jacks Memory, Tax deductible donations can be made to one of the two LOCAL organizations:

Tampa Ducks Unlimited,
3902 Henderson Blvd.,
Suite 100,
Tampa, Fl. 33629


Community United Methodist Church
207 East Buckingham Ave.
Oldsmar, Florida 34677