Former Indian kicker Jason Norton dies of cancer at age 47
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 4, 2020
FAYETTEVILLE — Jason Norton, a former football star at Catawba College, died on Wednesday.
First diagnosed in 2016, Norton had waged a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Norton coached three sports for many years at Richmond High in Rockingham before becoming AD at Pine Forest in 2015.
Norton made two 52-yard field goals for Catawba in 1994, against Gardner-Webb and Liberty. Those are still the second and third longest in program history.
He also was Catawba’s punter from 1991-94 and ranks as one of the best in school history with an average of 39.5 yards on 129 punts.
Norton earned first team All-South Atlantic Conference honors as a punter and placekicker in 1994 and was a third-team All-America placekicker.
Norton was a member of Richmond’s 1988 and 1989 state champion football teams and was a coach on the 2008 state champs.
He coached baseball, football and basketball at Hamlet Middle School from 1997-2004.
Kevin Norton followed his father to Catawba and became a starting offensive lineman for the Indians. He was a senior during the 2019-20 school year.
Norton’s oldest son, Alex, was a starting offensive lineman at the Air Force Academy.
Jason is also survived by his wife, Lauren, and his youngest son, Jase.