Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000


Samuel Harry Norman

A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at the Rose Hill Presbyterian Church for Samuel Norman who died Dec. 4.
   He was the first son of Harry Vance Norman and Vertie Okel Cain Norman, born on Sept. 13, 1929, in Spokane. After graduation from Priest River High School in Idaho, he attended Washington State University until being drafted into the army as a medical sergeant in the Korean Conflict.
   Following his honorable discharge, he went back to WSU where he met his loving wife of 45 years, Catherine Elizabeth Davidson. They wed in Seattle on Aug. 27, 1955.
   He then embarked on a very successful career with McNeil Pharmaceutical (J&J Corp.). Throughout his 37-year career he won numerous achievement awards.
   While residing in Spokane, he and Katy had the first of their four children. In 1965 Sam, Katy, and their three boys (William, Robert and Bradley) moved to Woodinville where the Norman family flourished and grew with the birth of their only daughter (Kimberly).
   Over the next thirty-five years Sam continued to contribute to his community and family in countless ways. He was a member of the local PTA.
   He volunteered for numerous positions in the Boy Scouts of America.
   He served as a council commissioner, scoutmaster and troop adult leader.
   Sam's three boys all received their Eagle Scout awards, something he was very proud of. Sam volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America.
   His daughter, Kimberly, received the distinguished, Girl Scout Gold Award. He was an elder at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bothell. Sam also volunteered for the Republican Party serving as a delegate at several state conventions.
   Sam loved and tirelessly provided for his family. He sent all of his children to college and was proud at their graduation.
   He believed in the happiness of marriage and was proud to be present at all four of his children's marriages. Sam walked the last of his children down the aisle just three months ago.
   He raised sheep and a large garden, sizeable enough to supply the family and neighbors with fresh vegetables throughout the summer. Sam was a an approachable, friendly man with a twinkle in his eye, a sharp wit, and a deeply committed manner of giving of himself and providing for others.
   He is survived by his wife, Catherine; sons, William, Robert and Bradley; daughter, Kimberly; his children-in-law, Heidi, Diane, Keri and Robert; grandchildren, Elisha, Andrew, William, Amanda and Hannah; brother, John, the rest of his extended family and devoted friends near and far.
   In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to your favorite charity or Sam's preferred charities, the Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, andGirl Scouts.