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Councilman Norcross, a fixture of Fort Lupton, dies

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Former mayor and longtime leader’s services set for Thursday at Hillside Cemetery, remembrance following at The Fort

By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — Longtime city councilman and former Mayor Stanley David Norcross died April 2 at his home in the city following a brief illness.

Norcross began his city council career in Fort Lupton in November 1993, served two terms until November 2001 before stepping back for a short period away from elected service.

 

“Then I had two years off, ran for mayor in November 2003 and won, ran again in 2005 and lost, two more years off then ran for council in 2007, and lo and behold, here I am again,” Norcross told The Fort Lupton Press in 2011 before running for his final term.

That near 20-year stretch as an elected official allowed Norcross to see some major projects come to fruition for the city, many involving Fort Lupton’s most precious natural resource. Starting in 1989 on the city water and sewer board, Norcross was instrumental in the development of key city infrastructures. 

“The big water project, the water treatment plant, the wastewater treatment plant, the community center, the recreation center, there is just a whole lot of things that I participated in,” Norcross said. 

Norcross’s work on the North Colorado Water Conservancy District in the early 1990s helped bring in pure drinking water to the city.

While his father was serving in Europe during World War II, and his mother working as a munitions specialist at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, he lived with his grandparents, Stanley and Elizabeth Keetle, at their house on Park Avenue in Fort Lupton. 

Norcross graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1958, and graduated from Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, with a 95.5-percent grade average after studying electronics for three years. He worked at Colorado Surplus Supply in Denver for 19 years. Part of the time he commuted, riding the Greyhound bus, for $4.50 between Denver and Fort Lupton. 

Following that job, he owned Norcross Data Solutions, and in 1989, he and his friend, Pat Worley, started a weekly newspaper, The Fort Lupton Independent. 

A member of almost every city committee at some time, he was — at the time of his death — on the Quality of Life Committee, the Cemetery Committee, the Senior Advisory Committee, and the Historic Preservation Committee. He was also a charter member of the South Platte Valley Historical Society. 

He is survived by his brother, Dan and wife, Cathy; his sister; Merrie Beth Edwards Hendeson; aunt Nancy Norcross, and numerous nieces and nephews. In Fort Lupton, he will be remembered by his extended family and friends, including the “Cave Club.” 

Graveside services for Mr. Norcross will be at Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, followed by lunch and remembrances at the Rendezvous Room at the Fort, 2001 Historic Park Way (85 and WCR 14 ½). Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the South Platte Historical Society, P.O. Box 633, Fort Lupton, CO 80621, to the Fort Lupton Cemetery Committee, the Senior Scholarship program or the Fort Lupton Museum, all in care of Nannette Fornof, City Hall, 130 S. McKinley, Fort Lupton, 80621.

 

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522,
ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.