Norman E. Going of Jacksonville, Fla., moved on to “a far, far better place” on July 24, 2013.
He was born Oct. 14, 1939, to Norman L. and Bernice Going of Stillwater. Going graduated from Stillwater High School and later from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree in journalism, then graduate school at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Going subsequently worked in various editorial positions with the Orlando Sentinel-Star, Florida Alligator and (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union. He left the Times-Union in the mid- 1980s for the “wonderful world” of public relations. “Not one of my brighter decisions,” he said later.
In the mid-1970s, he received a direct commission in the U.S. Navy and served at a number of duty stations as a public affairs officer: Pensacola Naval Air Station; Norfolk Naval Station; and Jacksonville NAS; where he retired in 1991 as a lieutenant commander after 20 years of naval service.
Going leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Sharyn’ and son, Christian. In addition, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Marijean Going of Houston, Texas.
Going has requested no service, and asks friends and family to remember him as he was before chemotherapy: A guy who loved his family, a multitude of house pets, his feral cat colony, his muscle cars, Oklahoma State University, the Florida Gators and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In remembrance, donations may be made to The Animal Rescue and Adoption Agency, Inc., 13976 Denton Rd., Jacksonville, FL, 32226.
Arrangements under the care of Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N. Words of comfort can be left at www.hardage-giddenschapelhills.com.