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Norman Lee Willis


1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Norman Lee Willis Obituary
Norman Lee Wills 1935 - 2013 Norman Lee Wills passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 11, 2013. He leaves behind wife Betty, two daughters, Sharon Wasden and husband Bob, Lee Ann Hansen and husband Rich, his two beloved granddaughters, Anna Wasden and Ava Hansen, and his sister, Patsy Denison. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Alice (Lawrence) Wills. Norman was born on April 25, 1935 in Checotah, Oklahoma, to Joseph H. and Verta M. (Smith) Wills, and was raised in Tehachapi, California. He was an athlete and a scholar in high school, achieving recognition for his academic achievements, and playing center for his high school football team. He attended USC and graduated from Fresno State University. He later earned a master's degree in criminology. He served his country in the military, and met his first wife, Alice, while stationed at Dugway, Utah. They were married in 1960 and moved to Bakersfield, California, where Norman began work for the Kern County Probation Department, and became a father to Sharon and Lee Ann. During his long career with Kern County probation, Norman worked in juvenile probation, adult probation, and eventually became the chief of the adult probation department. He ended his last few years of his career serving as a Kern County traffic court judge. Norman will always be remembered for his beautiful roses, his love of the outdoors, and his artistry as a photographer. He hiked for many years, and hiked Mt. Whitney on at least two occasions. He also loved hiking the mountain ranges of Utah. Later in life he was able to travel and hike and fish in Alaska, a trip he always cherished. After Alice's death, Norman married Betty Toschi, a native of Bakersfield, in 1998. Norman loved Bakersfield, and considered it home. He gained many friends during his years in Bakersfield, and he loved nothing more than to enjoy a round of golf with many of those friends. Norman had a special love for animals, and has always enjoyed his many cats and dogs. He especially had a close relationship with his dog, Bonnie, and would take her in his spotless green truck to chase balls in Hart Park several days a week. Norman was a man of integrity, strength, and compassion. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father. He is loved, and all those who knew him are better for having known him. The family would like to express their thanks to DeeRoy, Phyllis Crowell and Beth Balboa for all of their love and support. Services will be held at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara, 1100 Truxtun Ave., Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 14, 2013
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