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Obituary: Nyle Norris

1940 ~ 2004

RICHFIELD, UTAH <! > Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Nyle B. Norris, passed away at his home in Central Valley, Utah, August 12, 2004. Nyle was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, August of 2003. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by asbestos. Through this year long battle he never complained but spent his time spoiling his grandkids and assuring his wife things would be OK. This past year was a blessing to the family and especially the grandkids.

Nyle was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 5, 1940, to Bill and Doris Boulton Norris. He attended Cyprus High School graduating in 1958. After graduation he attended Snow College where he meet his eternal mate Mary Bell Mortenson. After dating they both determined they wanted to fulfill missions. Nyle went to the Gulf States Mission and Mary to California. After completing their missions they returned to Snow and Nyle eventually graduated from BYU, later he received his masters degree from BYU.

Nyle was a student of life. He had a great insight into the worth of a soul. He was a coach and teacher, but much more he was a friend. He saw in youth what others could not and helped them reach their potential. He coached football, track, wrestling, and cross country. He not only coached but he taught the students about life and success. Many a student owe their desire to be successful to Nyle and his ability to instill in them success. As a coach he always continued to learn about the game, the track and the mat, so his athletes would be prepared. His teams won numerous state championships. He coached Millard before moving to Richfield. After coaching he worked in administration and had many opportunities to counsel youth, to help them to be better. Nyle loved to watch sports and was an authority of all aspects of the game.

Away from the school Nyle loved to garden and ride his 4-wheeler. He was a master photographer. His sun flower and old farm pictures are loved by many. Of course his favorite subjects were his grandchildren which he felt were a little smarter and better looking than any one else's.

All of this said, Nyle's greatest love was his wife and family. He married Mary Bell Mortenson, September 4, 1964, in the Manti LDS Temple. They are the parents of Troy Nyle (Ann Marie) Norris, Panguitch; Cindy (Brett) Gurney, Saratoga Springs; Brandon Loy (Jennifer) Norris, Ephraim; Lance M. (Sharon) Norris, Richfield.

Nyle will be remembered as someone who tried to make young people reach their goals, he had a special relationship with the Native American students. He loved to laugh with them and encourage them in everything they did. He loved to speak Navajo to them. When he coached he always had Native Americans on his team. Nyle was a great speaker and spoke in numerous farewells for young men leaving for missions.

He was a great gardener and loved mother earth. His produce he shared with his family, friends, and neighbors. It was in his gardens he taught his children to work. Nyle will be missed by coaches throughout the state who consulted with him about strategy, plans, and plays. Nyle was an active member of the LDS Church with a testimony of his Savior and God's Eternal Plan.

He is survived by his wife; children; a brother, Ronald (Mary) Norris; sisters, Marjorie (Ray) Meeks and Susan; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Kathy Norris. He is preceded in death by parents; brother, Ray Norris.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 16, 2004 , at 1:00 p.m. in the Richfield East Stake Center, 800 N. 500 E. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary on Sun. from 6-8 p.m. and at the Stake Center on Mon. from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary, Richfield, UT.