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Norman Wilfred Christiansen

Norman (Norm) Wilfred Christiansen of Seattle Washington left to be with our Lord on February 18th 2013. Norm was born on January 12th 1918 in West Seattle. His years as a young adult were spent boating in Puget Sound, fishing in the upper Skagit River, and exploring the San Juan Islands.

Norm graduated from West Seattle High School in 1936 and enrolled in the University of Washington's School of Engineering. He later signed on as a Merchant Marine and worked in the South Pacific during the 1930s.

Norm was drafted into World War II and was assigned to the 18th Engineers Division who built the Alaska Canadian Highway. After the war, he returned to West Seattle, marrying Nancy Jeanne Kunze in 1947.

Norm worked in marine industry, first for Spalding Shipyards and then for the marine architectural firm of L.R. Glosten and Associates in Seattle. His 20-year career with L.R. Glosten included projects for Foss Tug and Barge, Washington State Ferries, and the U.S. Navy.

Norm's love of boats and the waters of Puget Sound led him to the avocation of racing hydroplanes in the early 1950s. During that decade, he designed and built several limited and unlimited hydroplanes. Both Norm and the boats he built, the U - 4 Miss Tempest, the Miss Bardahl, and the Miss Burien, were pioneers in the early days of the hydro-racing circuit in the Puget Sound and the West Coast.

Norm and Nancy raised four children, then retired to the Washington coast and later to Yuma, Arizona. Nancy passed away in 1995 and Norm moved to Vancouver, WA and later to Eugene, OR where he spent his last years.

Norm is survived by his sons, Bill and Steven, and his daughters, Gail and Carol; granddaughters, Jaimi and Malia; and great-grandchildren, Malia's son, Julian and Jaimi's daughter, Eva.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NW Hydroplane Museum in Kent, WA.

A memorial service will be held on June 1, 2013 at Northwood Park Cemetery in Ridgefield, Washington at 1:00 P.M.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2013
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