Veteran and craftsman
Aurora High School graduate and former Aurora resident David J. Thornton Sr., 69, of Bel Air, Md., died Dec. 12, 2013 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
Born in East Cleveland, he was the son of the late Charles Macon and Lilan Margaret Norman Thornton, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served with the Marines as a corpsman.
He enjoyed traveling around Bel Air on his scooter with his two dogs, Chessie and Mazie. He made handmade reindeer ornaments which can be found on many Christmas trees, and traveled around the world on family vacations.
Survivors include his wife Kathleen Ann Thornton; sons David James Thornton Jr., Daniel Jason (Julie) Thornton and Dale Joseph (Heather) Thornton; brother Charles Peter Thornton; sister Charlotte Marie Tarkey; and grandchildren Gabrielle Thornton and Jenna “Littlest Pumpkin” Thornton.
Services were private. Contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1229, Baltimore, Md. 21201 or American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
Memory tributes can be sent to the family at mccomasfuneralhome.com.