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Norman James Carkeek Norm, born May 8, 1930, passed away September 2, 2018 at the age of 88. Norm was born in Los Angeles, CA, and died in Tacoma, WA. Preceding him in death were his parents Stanley Carkeek and Martha Rodman Carkeek, and brother Stanley Rodman Carkeek. Surviving him are his sister Diane Wallraff and children Norman Stanley, Charles Rodman, and Darby Ann Carkeek, along with his 3 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, his nephew, and grandnephew. Norm spent his youth in West Hollywood, CA. He joined the social club The Ramblers, and was a member of the Sea Scouts. He was athletic, and excelled on the parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings. After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1949 in L.A., he attended the University of Arizona, obtaining his BA in Geology. He was a proud American, who served several years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner on the USS Cusk and the USS Carp. Moving to Tacoma in 1964, he was a sure-fire auto salesman and subsequent businessman in several companies. He was an avid reader, and always promoted self-education. His intelligence and sense of humor were unmatched. He was an influential, loyal friend and family man, who will be missed. His cremation was arranged through Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup. A memorial service will be held at the Thunderbird Restaurant, located at 7121 72nd St. E. at Waller Road, from 2:30 to 4:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2018. For more information, please contact Diane Wallraff at 253-948-7884.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Sept. 23, 2018
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