Norman Walden

Norman Eugene Walden
Passed away on December 27, 2012. He was born on March 4, 1943, in Royalton, Illinois to Eugene and Eva Walden. He joined The United States Marines in 1961 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside California. He served his country proudly for four years honing his cooking skills. After an honorable discharge he briefly returned to his home town before permanently moving to California to be with the love of his life. He worked at McDonnell Douglas then joined the brotherhood of the ILWU starting in 1969 in Local 13 and retired 40 years later in 2008 from Local 63. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching Dodger and Laker games. He loved to cook and bake. His specialties being homemade fudge from scratch, chocolate pies and the best apple pie ever tasted. He loved spending time restoring his 1964 Chevy Chevelle and tinkering in the garage. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 44 years, Clara Temblador Walden; daughters, Eva Walden Apolinar (Mike), Vera Walden Oro (Freddie), Lori Walden; son, Norman F Walden (Yvette); and six grandchildren, Katelyn, Chloe, Aaron, Drake, Merek, Kristin and one great grandchild, Jackson; brother, Donald Walden, and aunt, Erma Lenzotti. There are no words to describe how much he is loved and will be missed. You are welcome to share or leave the family a message at or the guest book at A funeral mass will be offered Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:30 am at Mary Star of the Sea Church in San Pedro with burial to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park.There will be a Rosary Thursday, January 10, at 7pm, with visitation starting at 3pm at


Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 9, 2013