Norman Lee Damitz, 63, of North Pole, died July 29, 2012, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.|
Norman was born Oct. 27, 1948, in Waukegan, Ill., to the late Norman E. and Louella Damitz. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1967, and earned executor chef rating and expert marksmanship. Norman was honorably discharged in April 1969, and married Mickie Miller in May.
In June 1971, his love for hunting and fishing along with his desire to live in Alaska prompted him to re-enlist with the guarantee of being stationed in Alaska. During the next two and a half years, Norman spent time at Fort Wainwright, where he was assigned to cook at the fire station; and during his free time, he attended training classes. He enjoyed firefighting and soon gave up cooking to pursue his new career. Norman spent a year and a half at Fort Riley in Kansas but soon returned to Alaska to work for the Municipal Utility Systems power plant and also was a member of the North Star Volunteer Fire Department. After 12 years at the power plant, Norman moved his family to White Lake, Wis., but in December 1988, moved home to Alaska for good.
For the next several years, he worked many jobs including firefighter at Clear Air Force Station, cooking at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, and at the housing department at Fort Wainwright.
Norman's last days were spent surrounded by his loving family including his only grandchild, Mercaide, who was able to come and spend a few days with her papa.
In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his son, Matt Damitz, and brother, Floyd Rice.
Norman is survived by his sons, Brandon Damitz, of Fairbanks, and Paul Damitz, of North Pole; granddaughter, Mercaide Damitz, of Fairbanks; and former wife, Mickie Miller, of Fairbanks.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 28, 2012