Blake Norvell is gone, but his achievements—and his smile—won’t be forgotten.
William “Blake” Norvell died May 28, and it took only days for family and friends to establish a Blake Norvell “Smile” Scholarship, designed to honor the man who left a mark on those he knew and loved.
The scholarship also recognizes Norvell’s hard work and accomplishments in school, his passionate, fun-loving spirit and, of course, his infectious smile.
Maycie Thorton and her mother took the time to construct the scholarship because they felt as if Norvell’s legacy is something that should be passed on to other students who represent the same drive, involvement and leadership within the education system and within their communities. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school student each year.
Norvell, 25, grew up in Chandler for majority of his life, attended Corona del Sol High
School, and graduated from ASU with a degree in Business and Communications.
He continued to flourish all through his years in school, where he participated in student council and volunteer work, played men’s volleyball, and became the senior class president.
He was loved and appreciated by many peers. He then moved to Prescott and successfully exercised his skills into the creation of what he felt was his greatest accomplishment: Prescott AZ Deals.net.
Norvell is remembered for being a fierce friend, a loving companion, a cherished family member, a leader, an innovator and a passionate, humorous and engaging person.
Long-time friend Tim Martin remembered Norvell fondly.
“I think the scholarship is a wonderful idea and it’s a great way to pass on Blake’s legacy. He was such a great person and very involved in school,” Tim Martin said.
“I will never forget that smile.”
Blake is survived by his parents, William and Stephanie Norvell; his sister Juliana; and his grandmother Rosalin.
A memorial service was held at Arizona Community Church in Tempe, with burial at St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix on Saturday, June 1.
For any wanting to make a donation, visit the Tempe Union High School’s Education Foundation Website, www.tuhsdedfoundation.org and click on the donate button.
Under Billing Address Line 2 indicate “for Blake.”
Donations may also be mailed to the Foundation at 500 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283.