John Marshall Norling

John Norling


Sept. 1, 1950 — June 1, 2018

John Marshall Norling passed away peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, June 1, 2018, at the age of 67, with the love of his life, Elaine, by his side.

John was born in Seaside on Sept. 1, 1950, and called it his home all of his life.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to know John, and for many of you locally who did, it was his gentle nature and his kindness that would draw you to him. Once there, he could slip in his beautiful sense of humor, and have you laughing right along. A friend for life.

John was a talented finish carpenter. He built the home that he and Elaine have shared together in Seaside for the past 17 years. Working in the trade was his passion and his joy until his retirement five years ago. He loved to take things apart, repair them, and put them back together. A “fixer” from the gate!

He loved spending time with his wife, Elaine, and taking their dogs to run on the beach. He met Elaine Harding in 1986, and the two of them fell deeply in love, and married in January 1988.

John is survived by his wife, Elaine Norling; stepdaughter and daughter-in-law, Melissa Harding-Lupo and Stacie Lupo; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Alison Norling; sister-in-law, Kathleen Murphy; nieces, Stacey Norling, Katie Norling, Carrie Parma-Collier and Kim Fragneli; nephews, Justin Fine and Josh Fine and his wife Kathleen Fine; and dear friends, Robin Laughlin and Kathy Malin.

John is preceded in death by his father, Henry Norling; his mother, Catharine Norling; his stepson, Matthew Harding; and older sister, Linda Norling.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 25, at noon, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 503 N. Holladay Drive in Seaside.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Clatsop Animal Shelter, 1315 SE 19th St., Warrenton, OR 97146.

His family would like to thank Pam and Brian Dutton of Ocean View Funeral & Cremation Service for their kind, compassionate and personal care. They are deeply appreciated by the Norling family.

You are invited to sign our online guest book and share a memory at


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