Mark B. Norton

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 Mark Belmont Norton, an Island boy who enjoyed water skiing on Oyster Pond in the summer and hunting the land in the fall, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the young age of 47. He was loved by so many, and left a devoted family behind.

Mark was born Sept. 12, 1967, and attended the Mullen Way Nursery School just up the street from his home, as well as the Edgartown Elementary School.

He graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1985 and went on to work for Carroll’s Trucking in Vineyard Haven, where he happily stayed for many years. Mark worked construction and drove trucks on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Falmouth and Florida. He was employed by Dolphin Stryker Building Supplies at the time of his death, a job he loved with a true friend for a boss. Everyone who knew Mark has a memorable story to share, and he will be remembered for the twinkle of mischief that was ever-present in his eye as well as his contagious laugh.

Mark loved ’70s and ’80s music, and any kind of comedy, but especially Saturday Night Live, Richard Pryor, and the pages of Mad Magazine. He had a deep love for animals that started at an early age with turtles, and continued into adulthood with his beloved pitbull Zoey and his birds Bob, Franklin, and Little Bird, as well as a rabbit named Rambo.

Mark lived most recently in East Falmouth with his life partner of 16 years, Norie Lundgren Collins. He was the son of Allen and Judy Norton of Oyster Pond, and a loved brother of Rachael Norton Boone and her husband Darris, and of Melissa Norton Vincent and her husband Peter. Mark was an uncle and Halo Xbox companion to Taylor and Chase Eppers, Peter Vincent, and Justin, Morgan, and Camryn Boone. He will always be remembered as a devoted friend to many across the Cape and Islands.

A memorial visitation hour will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 11 am followed by a 12 pm service in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Burial will follow in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Felix Neck Wildlife Preserve. Mark loved going there as a child, and sustained a love for the wildlife he was introduced to there. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, In Memory of Mark B. Norton, P.O. Box 494, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or felixneck@massaudubon.org.