Norman O. Smith
Norman O. Smith of Everett passed away on December 21, 2012 at age 92.
He is survived by his three children, Dr. Terrilea Burnett of Honolulu, HI, Dr. Jana Kay Slater (Dr. Marc Braverman) of Corvallis, OR and N. Jerald (Jerry) Smith of Freeland WA; as well as three grandchildren, Tristan Burnett, Justin (Elka) Burnett and Blair Braverman; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in Wisconsin.
Norm was born in Superior, WI on February 23, 1920 to parents, George Morley and Harriet Nielsen Smith. He graduated from Superior Central High School in 1937 and the University of Minnesota
in 1943, where he received a degree in business administration. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Norm was an Officer in the U.S. Navy
. After attending Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School at Northwestern University
and receiving anti-submarine warfare training in Florida, he served in the Pacific Theater for three years as Skipper of submarine chasers PC-1080 and PC-1245.
While studying for his CPA exam, Norm fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and Betty Sylvia Slater. They were married in 1948, following introduction on a blind date. They spent their first years in Seattle and in 1956 moved to Everett, where they raised their three children.
The family loved spending summers and weekends at the cabin on Useless Bay, where his children and grandchildren learned to boat, water ski, crab, clam and fish. One cherished tradition was perusing Whidbey beaches for agates and jasper during walks with neighbors. During the winter months, the family skied at Mount Pilchuck, Stevens Pass, Whistler and other ski areas.
Norm was active in the community, involved in many philanthropic and social activities including the United Good Neighbors Campaign, Everett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Rotary. Norm and Betty enjoyed entertaining and were members of the Everett Golf and Country Club and the Jubilee Dance Club.
Banking and the financial world were in Norm's blood. In 1929, Norm's grandfather, Oliver Wattles Smith, was on the Board of Directors of Community Savings Bank in Superior Wisconsin, using his own personal assets to keep the bank afloat following the stock market crash of 1929. In 1951 Norm's father, G. Morley Smith, was on the Board of Directors of the same bank.
Norm began his own career in the financial world as a CPA in 1947 in Seattle. In 1948, he joined Dean Witter as a stockbroker and six years later he established the Everett Branch of Dean Witter & Co, the largest investment banking and brokerage firm with headquarters outside of New York. Later, he was pursued by Foster & Marshall, Inc., where he became vice president. Norm was a stockbroker for 25 years before putting his experience and skills to work as a Trust Investment Officer at Olympic and Frontier Banks. One year his exceptional investment strategies placed him in the top 5% of investment bankers in the U.S.
Norm was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. In 1960 Norm and three friends were featured in the Everett Herald for catching nine salmon, totaling 90 pounds, on a single night at the Windmill Hole on Mutiny Bay. He liked to tell the stories about catching a 33 pound salmon at the Windmill Hole and later a 42 pounder in Alaska. Whether fishing or hunting, Norm was usually accompanied by one of his cherished labrador retrievers. Widows and the elderly were often recipients of fresh seafood and game, reflecting Norm's commitment to family friends and neighbors as well as the Everett community at large.
Betty unexpectedly passed away the month Norm retired. In 1991, he married Marge Kafer, and as he liked to say, "I got lucky twice." Norm was blessed to be able to enjoy his retirement years with Marge. They spent summers and weekends at the cabin on Whidbey Island and traveled extensively. Their international travels included Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany and Spain. Winter trips to Hawaii were always a favorite activity.
In 2006, Norm and Marge launched a new chapter in their lives, enjoying the Washington Oakes community while coping with their respective states of declining health. Loving care provided by Debbie brought much joy into their lives, marked by daily adventures and trips to Whidbey. We are deeply grateful for the exceptional care provided to Norm in his last few months by his private caretakers, Debbie, Erika, James and Sam, and for the much appreciated guidance and care from Providence Home Health and Hospice staff.
Norm will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held December 27, 2012. Information about time and location will be posted in the Herald shortly.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in memory of Norm's nephews. Donations may be sent to the Skip and Buck Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2350 Iowa Avenue, Superior, WI 180556754880 or the