On August 30, 2013, Norman Sanderson passed away peacefully in his home held by the love of his children and his wife of more than 50 years.
Born in Seattle on the 13th of September, 1938, he was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Agnes Sanderson, and one sibling, Margaret.
Norm grew up in the Rainier Valley and graduated from Franklin High School, after which he served six months on active duty in the United States Army. Following military service, he attended the University of Washington, graduating with a BA in Business Administration and earning a varsity letter in crew. In 1962, he married his college sweetheart, Karolyn Jo Lawrence.
In 1963, Norman began a long, successful career as a home builder when he and Karolyn moved to San Francisco. After a year in the Bay Area, the Sandersons returned to Seattle where Norm took a job with McGrath Homes, and later started the first of several successful entrepreneurial ventures, FirstMark Homes, with his partner, Joel Hethcock.
In addition to developing housing for over four decades in and around the Seattle market, and later in Kalispell, Montana, Norm was a passionate aviator. He learned to fly a float plane on Lake Union, and then owned and loved to fly his own aircraft out of Paine Field. He also enjoyed classic cars, sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, skiing all around the Northwest, and caring for the most beautiful lawn on the beach around Point No Point near Hansville. Norm's recreational interests also led him to summit Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Olympus, and Glacier Peak--all with "the R&R group" as he was fond of calling his closest group of friends.
He was a deeply beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandpa and friend. He is survived by his wife, Karolyn Jo Lawrence Sanderson, and his two children and their families: Jaimee Jo Sanderson Hatt, Sean Hatt, and their son Levi; Scott and Susie Sanderson and their son Preston. He is also survived by two elder siblings, Richard Sanderson and Donna Gustafson.
Remembrances may be made in Norman's name to Compassion and Choices of Washington or to Providence Hospice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 6, 2013