Don A. Norman Sr., 75, of Pine Island passed away Aug. 23, 2012, at 7:05 p.m., at Hope Hospice. He was born in Vienna, W.Va., Feb. 5, 1937, the youngest son of Otto Dwain and Orla McCoy Norman, now deceased, and was the last immediate member of the Otto Norman Family.
His parents were among the early homesteaders on Pine Island having acquired their property by squatters rights in the early 1920s. It was on this original property that Don and his family lived. His father was a water well driller and drilled many of the original wells on Pine Island and was owner of his own well drilling company. Don worked with his father drilling wells for many years, both here in Florida and in West Virginia while he lived there. His family traveled between Florida and West Virginia twice a year, as his father couldn't winter outside Florida in the cold weather. He made Florida his permanent home in the early 1960s when his parents could no longer make the long trips.
He was a hard worker, working with his dad, uncle and brothers in the drilling business until his father's death.
Don A. Norman Sr.
As a teenager he loved building model airplanes and flying them in the pasture across the road from their Vienna home. He continued this hobby well into his adult years. He was always surrounded by neighborhood children and younger cousins in awe of his planes and flying skills. He was a horseshoe throwing champion. In addition, he worked at the Pine Island Fish Houses and was a volunteer Matlacha fireman many years ago.
Mr. Norman was preceded in death by his oldest son, Don, and daughter-in-law, Connie; 8 brothers and sisters, Marvin Norman, Oleta Haehl, Frankie Douglas, Dwain Norman, Harry Norman, Lillian Wiseman, Joanne Smith and an infant sister.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Bokeelia, son, Marvin of Fort Myers and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who live in West Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Beacon of Hope/United Way House of Pine Island.
The family will have a private cremation service and he will be laid to rest with his son, Don Norman Jr., in the Matlacha Bay.