Seaside - Walter Norman Clark, a loving husband and father and most recently a resident of Seaside, died peacefully, at the age of 89, on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Monterey. He had a long and remarkable life, culminating with the publication of his first novel, Double Identity, earlier this year. Norm was born in Billings, Montana, and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1941, and had begun his first year of junior college when the United States entered World War II.Ê
Norm spent the last half of 1942 working as an apprentice surveyor for the Army Corps of Engineers, and, in late December 1942, he joined the Marine Corps. He served in the Marine Corps for three years, including 14 months in battle areas of the South Pacific, primarily on the island of Bougainville. In late 1945, Norm received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, with the rank of sergeant, and he returned to Los Angeles.Ê
With the financial assistance of the G.I. Bill, Norm attended the University of Southern California from 1946 until 1948 earning a Civil Engineering degree. During this period, he also met and fell in love with Sylvia (Sue) Louise Furst, who attended the University of California at Berkeley. She later graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and thereafter worked for many years as a teacher in California public schools. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1948, in Sue's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.Ê
They began their lives together in the Los Angeles area, where Norm worked as a Civil Engineer for the City of Los Angeles. In 1955, they moved to Santa Rosa where Norm worked for Sonoma County until 1964, when they moved to Fresno and he became the Fresno County Assistant Director for Public Works. Norm retired from public service in 1986 and, in 1987, he and Sue moved to Pacific Grove.Ê
Norm and Sue had three children and eight grandchildren and they gave them all a great appreciation for the wonderful diversity of the United States and the world, from California to Virginia to Germany to Poland to Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Republic of Georgia. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998 and they also shared many wonderful trips together, both to visit their children and grandchildren in the United States and Europe and to visit places around the world.
In 1999, Norm lost Sue, his wonderful wife and a wonderful mother, but they are survived by their loving children, Debra, Paul, and Don, and their spouses, Max, Ewa and Karen, and by their grandchildren, Michael, Gregory, Lauren, Karl, Josef, Colleen, Jakob, and Alexander. Norm was devoted to his family, and he will be deeply missed by everyone who benefited from his generosity.ÊÊ
A private family gathering will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norm's memory may be made to the American Red Cross, at www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10001. To sign Norm's guest book and leave messages for his family, please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 24, 2013