Marti Kay Norton was born April 25, 1956, in Jamestown, N.Dak. to Roberta Ruth (Boyd) Norton and Charles Weaver Norton. She joined older siblings Cassandra Jane and Charles Michael.
Marti moved to San Jose, Calif. with her mother, sister and brother in 1964. She spent part of her junior high school years in Jamestown with her father and stepmother, but moved back to California and graduated from Mt. Shasta High School. She received her associates degree from College of the Siskiyous in Weed. She was married to John Wilkinson in 1984 and later to James Sorenson in 1991.
Marti spent her career as a server in the restaurant industry until ill health forced her retirement. She was dearly loved by her customers at the Tree House, where she worked for 25 years. Her brush with fame came when she served various actors while they were filming in the area, including Sam Elliott, Jack Elam and Sean Astin. She specifically remembers serving pancakes to Kevin Bacon, who promptly doused them with ketchup. But it was her everyday customer who gave her the most joy and many planned their outings when they knew Marti was working.
Marti was an accomplished artist and photographer. She was a voracious reader and loved movies of all genres. She had a wicked sense of humor and inherited the family trait of snorting when she laughed. She was also very proud of her webbed second and third toes, which she inherited from her mother and shared with her nephew, Sam.
Marti passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta on March 24, 2015 after a long illness with her husband at her side. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jim; her sister Cassie Sollars (Randy); her brother Michael Norton (Ruth Hardinger); her niece, Jennifer Toney (Jim); her nephews Jon Clemens (Cecilia Cheng); Samuel Clemens (Brynna Reardon); Mitch Horning; and her grandnephews, Jaxon Hensley and Sawyer Clemens. She is also survived by her step-mother, Barbara Norton and her half-siblings, Sonja Christensen and Karl Norton.
Marti’s gentle spirit will live on in our hearts forever.