September 29, 1908 ~ April 21, 2003
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Mr. Dale Hoffman Norton of Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. died Monday, April 21, 2003 at noon at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Ca. Mr. Norton was born on Sept. 29, 1908 in St. Paul, MN to Dr. Harvey G. Norton and wife Louise Hoffman Norton. At age 3 the family moved to Arizona where his father was the company physician to the copper miners' families. In 1920 the family moved to California where he graduated from Gardena High School. At age 16 Dale owned and operated his own dairy, delivering milk before going to school. Upon graduation from high school he ran his own hardware store on Main St. in Los Angeles. After the depression in the 1930's he went to work for H.L. Harvill Corp. as a Die Caster. In 1944 he went to work at the Harvill Corp., a defense plant in Los Angeles. In 1949 Dale and two partners formed Die Cast Products Inc., in Gardena, Ca. They owned and operated DCP until 1969 when they sold the company to Everest and Jennings Inc., and they continued to manage the company until his retirement in 1983. Dale is survived by his wife of 44 years Francie Norton; daughter, Sue Donley of Torrance; two grandchildren, Melinda (Steve) Bowman of Torrance and Michael (Gail) Donley of Springfield, Va; greatgrandchildren, Nicholas Bowman, Christopher Bowman, and Elizabeth Bowman of Torrance. Katie Donley, Cameron Donley and Jaquie Donley of Springfield, Va. Mr. Norton was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. Visitation will be on Friday, April 25th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the White and Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach. Graveside services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave. in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday, April 26th at 12:00 noon followed by a Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church at 243 S. Broadway, in Redondo Beach at 3:00pm. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Memorial Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach, Ca.