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Norman Paul Stark 1920 ~ 2010 LCDR Norman Paul Stark USNR (Ret) age 89, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in Murray, Utah. He was born September 22, 1920 in Evanston, WY; the son of Bessie B. and Norman M. Stark. Norm was an only child. Norm served as a World War II F6F Navy fighter pilot during 1944 and 1945 in the Pacific on the USS Essex, Wasp, and Yorktown earning a Distinguished Flying Cross & Permanent Citation for meritorious conduct as a member of the Naval Service. Upon returning home he graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the University of Colorado and certified as a Russian interpreter and translator by the Department of the Navy. He was shot down off Okinawa and was picked up a few hours later by a sea plane. While in his life raft, off shore, the Japanese took an occasional shot at him, but Norm told his family that they were under a heavy air attack. As a geologist, Norm was employed by Standard Oil of Ohio and the U.S. Forest Service. The study of archeology became Norm's focus after retirement including travels to a dig in Petra, Jordan. Norm is survived by his daughter Sanford Alexandra Stark and cousins Bob and Jan Savage, and Lynda Turner and family. Visitation will be held at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston, WY. on Monday, March 29, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2010 at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston, WY. Military graveside services will follow at the Evanston Cemetery.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 26, 2010.
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March 21, 2019
He was an amazing person. A great friend and cousin to my father Clifford Norman Turner. We have many fond memories of family get togethers in Wyoming with Norman. I miss them both a lot!
Lynda Turner
March 29, 2010
I will miss your Dad very much.
Rob Haas
March 28, 2010

You don’t know me.

I met Norman only once--
When I was a younger man, in my thirties--
Almost thirty years ago.
But I have known him since birth.

Peace be with you.


“On the day I die, don’t weep.
Don’t say he’s gone.

Death has nothing to do with going away.
The sun sets and the moon sets, but
they’re not gone.

Death is a coming together.
The human seed goes down into the ground
like a bucket, and come up with
some unimagined beauty!

Your mouth closes here,
and immediately opens
with a shout of joy

13th century Sufi poet


“Listen to the reed (flute), how it is complaining!
It is telling about separations (saying),
‘Ever since I was severed from the reed field,
men and women have lamented in (the presence of) my shrill cries.
(But) I want a heart (which is) torn, torn from separation,
so that I may explain the pain of yearning.’ ”

From the first verses from the original poem of Rumi's "Tale of the Reed"

Paul Lindsey
March 28, 2010
On many occasions we have recounted the 9:00 A. M. coffee sessions adt Cottonwood Mall with Norm, Barbara and Lynn. Your dad kept us informed about the important matters going on in the world and in or town. We miss him
very much.

Doris and Norm Hall
March 26, 2010
Sas, We always called Norman "Paul Stark" For my Dad Clifford Turner he personally knew Aunt Bessie and her Husband Norman Paul Stark. It was his way of identifing the son from the father. So he was always Paul to me. We enjoyed every Memorial Day Cliff and Veda my parents and Aunt Via Siems, Duwayne & Glena Thompson. We always made a day of it. Decorating all the graves then a picnic at Fort Bridger or a piece of pie at the Evanston Flying j restraunt. Paul was always so interesting to talk to. He was always upbeat and optimistic
Lynda Turner-Burrows
March 26, 2010
Sas, We just read about your Dad. If you are going to the service, please give us a call in Park City. We'd like to keep in touch. Fondly, Rob & Carlyle Morris
March 26, 2010




March 26, 2010
Norm was one of the many heros from the "greatest generation". He wrote many detailed accounts of his WW II experiences and I enjoyed reading his memoires. He was a dear friend of my mother, Naomi, and as I got to know him in his old age, I considered him one of my friends too. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Shawn Moore
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