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Norman, 87, died June 6, 2011, in Kalispell, Montana. He was born on a farm east of Kalispell on July 19, 1923. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and served 13 months in Idaho in the Civilian Public Service before jumping from Missoula in 1945."The one distinctive event I claim during my time as a smokejumper was that I was the only one who had to use his emergency chute on a fire jump." Norman joined the crew of the U.S.S. Mount Whitney in 1946 and helped transport horses to Poland as a part of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Act. He attended Hesston College in Kansas before earning a degree from Eastern Mennonite College in Virginia. He then became a teacher and school administrator, continuing until 1970, when he became a pastor in the Mennonite Church. He enjoyed church volunteerism capacities following retirement from the pulpit, including service with Gospel Echoes Prison Ministries.



Publication Date

June 2011


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


Forest Management

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