James "Denny" Norton
1952 - 2021
Hood Mortuary - Durango
1261 East Third Avenue
Durango, CO
Denny was born October 8, 1952, in Durango, Colorado and graduated from Durango High School in 1970. He went to Heaven, to meet his maker, on December 16, 2021 after a 2 years battle with lung cancer. He was an avid outdoor fisherman and hunter. For 13 years he ran the concessions at Tamarron Resort. He was employed at the City of Durango for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Inez. Denny is survived by his wife, Lynda, the love of his life; his daughter, Crystal; 2 grandchildren, Dillon and Camille; his sister Linda, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. A graveside service will be held at a later date for family and close friends.
Published by The Durango Herald on Dec. 18, 2021.
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Denny was one of a kind, salt of the earth. Even though he was exauhsted from work he took time in the evenings to teach me, an unknown neighbor, archery. Always with a project. always preparing for his next hunting/fishing trips.
Allison DiBona
December 27, 2021
Our sincerest condolences to his wife Lynda, and to his sister Linda and his family. Denny was our cousin. Over the years our family went on hunting and fishing trips with him and his family. So many wonderful memories. Denny was one of the good guys.
Larry and Darlene Holmes Pampa, Texas
December 27, 2021
Denny was always a positive person and always was kind to others. He will be missed dearly.
Carl Potter
December 26, 2021
Denny's smile, words of wisdom, encouragement, and genuine love of people are well known to his family, close friends and in the Durango community. He was loved by all who knew him. Michael shared his love for hunting and fishing, and they became partners as they explored the Colorado mountains each year. Denny's love of the outdoors, was only surpassed by his love for his wife Lynda. I can still hear him proudly saying..."ain't she a pistol?" He could tell a story like nobody else, he knew a little bit about every topic, and his face would light up when he caught you in one of his jokes. He was a huge part of our lives and he will be forever missed. Rest in peace Denny.
Michael and Kristy Rodri
December 25, 2021
With deepest sympathy on the passing of a great man. Phil worked with Denny for City of Durango. Our thoughts and prayer's are with all of you during this very sad time
Maxine and Phil Martinez
December 22, 2021
To Lynda and Family of Denny.. I am sorry to hear of Denny's passing..As a classmate and long time friend I knew he was a great person and we swapped stories all the time.. He will be missed .. May He Rest In The Arms Of The Lord Forever ....... Dennis McCoy
Dennis McCoy
December 21, 2021
Lynda we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God bless you all through the coming days. We didn't know Denny very well but he was always so kind.
Vicki and Jon
December 20, 2021
I have many fond memories of Denny from our childhood as I have known him since I was 5 years old when he set me up on the back of a horse! I will always hold him dear to my heart. He will be greatly missed as he was loved by many. Love and Prayers for the family.
Brenda Meeks Paul
December 20, 2021
So sorry to hear of Denny's passing he was a Great guy. Condolences to Lynda and family.
steven r perkins
December 19, 2021
I will always remember Denny as the sweetest nicest guy that loved the outdoors, loved people, loved telling stories, loved teasing the kids, and helping them hone their fishing skills.. He always had a smile a warm greeting and a few jokes to make you laugh.He enjoyed life and people even if he was working hard he always gave the impression he loved living his life and was giving it his all. He adored Lynda, he was one of the great ones. My family has some great memories with Denny and Lynda. God be with you Lynda we know the hard times that come with having a family member struggling with cancer and how hard it is when it doesn't turn out the way you've prayed. Just know you are loved, you are not alone. Sending hugs, love and prayers. Heaven is going to be spellbound listening to Denny spin his stories, tall tales and jokes. We are all lucky to have known him he was a blessing.
Debra Safley
December 19, 2021
We´ll forever remember Denny for his love of the outdoors, his unique sense of humor and for his continued friendship over the last fifty some years. He was a great friend and will sadly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lynda. Memories will be the gift Denny left us all with. Much love to you.
Tony and Sharon Stonehouse
December 19, 2021
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