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Quintin A. "Sandy" Narum was born on November 29, 1926 and died on May 1, 2013 after having lived a full life. From birth through high school he lived in Waubun, Minnesota where his parents owned a general store. After graduating from high school, he volunteered for duty in World War II and served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, achieving rank of Lieutenant. At the conclusion of WWII, Sandy returned to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he met Alice Gerjets, his future wife and devoted companion of nearly 63 years. Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and went on to gain a Master of Science degree in the same discipline. He put his education to use first with Dow Chemical, then with Kimberly-Clark and Simpson Paper companies in Neenah, Wisconsin, New Milford, Connecticut, and finally in Anderson, California. He retired from Simpson Paper in 1988 after having served for several years as Corporate Director of Environmental Quality.
Sandy will be missed by his children Greg (Kyoko), Jeff (Kathy), Gail, and Scott, by his sister Christina-Michelle Kramer, by his five loving grandchildren Jen, Lisa, Austin, Aarik, and Audrey, and above all by his wife Alice.
Sandy Narum touched the lives of many people beyond his immediate family. He was widely respected by his co-workers and colleagues in the pulp and paper industry as a principled, responsible, and highly capable engineer. On a personal level, Sandy was actively involved in the Catholic congregations in Redding and had numerous key roles in the founding and growth of Our Lady of Mercy Church. One of Sandy's greatest pleasures in life was the enjoyment of music and during his retirement years he re-mixed hundreds of musical cassettes and CDs which he provided to friends as "Musical Potpourris". Sandy loved to travel with Alice and their trips included cruises to Alaska, through the Panama Canal, and down the Danube River. They equally enjoyed making trailer trips to the Oregon Coast and to national and state parks throughout the western United States.
In honor of Sandy's life, a rosary vigil will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Monday, May 13th at 7:00PM. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:00AM followed by a reception in the church auditorium.
The family respectfully requests that flowers not be donated but that donations be made instead to Redwood National and State Parks in California. Checks should be made payable to "National Park Service" in honor of Quintin Narum and mailed to:
Redwood National and State Parks
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on May 9, 2013