NORRIS LYFFORD PINOLI June 16,1921 - December 07, 2012 Norris Lyfford Pinoli, born June 16, 1921 in Philo, California; third child of the Guiseppe Tranquillo (Joe) and Maria Alvira Pinoli, passed on December 7, 2012 at home in Ukiah. Norris is survived by his wife, Grace, son Burton (Beijing, China), brother Raymond (Philo), niece Lola Danielli (Concord), daughter-in-law Gayle Pinoli, (Fort Bragg), and grandsons Nicolo (Portland, OR), Dr. Mario Pinoli (Lubbock, TX), Lucas Pinoli (student at Univ. Wisconsin-Madison) and granddaughter Alicia Pinoli, (Sacramento, CA), seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. Viewing will be at Empire Mortuary-Ukiah, December 14th from 4-7pm. Funeral services will be at the LDS Chapel-Ukiah, December 15th at 10 am. Following a graveside service at the Evergreen Cemetery-Boonville (12:30n-1pm), Norris will be laid to rest along side his son Glen Pinoli, CDF Battalion Chief-Fort Bragg. Guests are welcomed to a luncheon at Boonville Hotel afterward. The son of Italian immigrants, who arrived to northern California in 1901, Norris is a native of Anderson Valley. The Pinoli family moved into their 'new' farm house on Clark Road in 1932, where they cleared land, planted apples, prunes and grapes and raised sheep. Norris graduated from Anderson Valley High School in 1939. He worked on the family farm, as well as with the Boonville highway crew and the Philo mill. In 1956, Norris began his beloved career with CDF-California Division of Forestry Fire Protection (now Cal Fire), where he was fondly nicknamed 'Pappy'. During his CDF career he was stationed in a variety of locations including Boonville, Ukiah, Willits, Rockport, Glen Ellen and Cazadero. In 1972 he returned to Philo as vineyard foreman for Anderson Valley Vineyards, where he helped establish a new premium varietal vineyard of over 100 acres. In 1983 he moved to Ukiah, working as the PFR for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ukiah Stake. Norris' family extends special thanks to his cardiologist, Dr. Peter Chang-Sing of Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Andy Coren, Ukiah. The family asks in lieu of flowers, to consider donation(s) to: "Glen Pinoli Memorial - Campership Fund, BSA-Boy Scouts of America, Camp Navarro", and/or to Sonoma County 4-H.
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Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Dec. 13, 2012