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Norman A. Traub
1931 - 2019
April 10, 1931 - January 14, 2019 It is with deep sadness that we, the family of Norman Traub, announce his recent passing. The Norm we knew and loved would have preferred that, instead of our mourning his death, we celebrate his life. And what a life it was! Beginning as a nine-year-old youngster selling newspapers on Trolley Way in Venice, Norm was always a hard worker. As a teenager, Norm turned his attention to antics, managing to have himself expelled from Venice High School. After graduating from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, where Norm's gymnastic and rope-climbing prowess earned him district-wide recognition, he promptly enlisted in the United States Air Force, where, as an MP, he proudly served his country. Before leaving for Korea, Norm asked Marlene Ann Epstein, his girlfriend who lived across the street, to wait for him. And she did. Upon Norm's return in 1954, they were married. From their beginning in Culver City, Marlene was the gift, the center, the great love of Norm's life. She was always there for him, whether he was studying, or on the job, or helping to rear their loving children: Eric, Tracie, John and Adam. Norm and Marlene were happily people often said ecstatically married for 51 years until her passing in 2005. Norm was also successful in his professional career, rising through the ranks to become the Police Chief for the cities of Placentia and Orange and the interim Police Chief in the cities of Banning, Coachella, Murrieta and San Bernardino Community College. Having received his B.S. Degree in Public Management from Pepperdine University and his M.P.A. from USC, Norm was graduated from the FBI National Academy and from Josephson Institute of Ethics. A fellow Police Chief wrote that Norm taught him "leadership, character, integrity and the willingness to help others." Clearly, Norm's high moral standards have both touched and inspired so many, be it other professionals or members of his very own family. The boundless energy and indefatigable spirit of our family patriarch included his playfulness. Like his father Jerome Traub, Norm loved storytelling, especially when it included a "miracle." And a "miracle" was how he described his luck in finding Robin and marrying her. And it is to Robin that his entire family gives deep appreciation for her around-the-clock care as Norm lived with ALS. Norm will be missed dearly by his adoring wife and the rest of the loving Traub family: son Eric and wife Clare, and children Angelique, Emily and Arianna; daughter Tracie, and children Nicole and Natalie and grandson Liam; son John and wife Liz, and children Joe and Sophie; son Adam and wife Debra, and children Michael and Jeremy; his sister and best friend Marsha Miller; his nephew Brad and former wife Bonnie and their son Dylan; his nephew Craig, parent to Karen, Ana, Bardo and David; niece Valorie Smith and husband Kelly, and children Dalton and Daniel; nephew Derek and wife Sheila; his brother-in-law Ron Leiter and wife Betty; and sister-in-law Gail Long and husband Jack. Norm was predeceased by his sister Ruth Brooks in 2007. Even with ALS, Norm would say he was a lucky man for having a loving family, purposeful and engaging work and devoted friends. Alongside his family, he had the great fortune of true friends who visited and sustained him during the course of ALS. The family is grateful for their attention and loving kindness. Private Interment Services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Norm's honor to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Published by Orange County Register on Jan. 25, 2019.
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I just heard a few moments ago about Norm's passing in an email from Jimmie Kennedy, retired Police Chief of Anaheim.

I am so sorry I missed his memorial service. He was one of the best chiefs Orange County ever experienced. Honest, forthright,and always fair in his dealings with everyone.

He was a mentor to many and one of the leading lights in California Law Enforcement. He will be dearly missed.
Earle Robitaille
February 9, 2019
Mom saw the LA Times today. She never reads the obituaries...but today she did...for some reason and we know why now :( :( she found out that Norman had passed away. We are very sorry to hear that Norman had ALS and has passed on. Our thoughts are with you all. We have wonderful memories of Norman. Norman was a kind, caring man who always had a smile on his face! May the wonderful memories sustain you all forever and ever. Hugs, Blanche, Barrie and Deanna.
Barrie Silberberg
January 25, 2019
My condolence to the Traub family during this time of sorrow. May you have the peace of God to guard your hearts. Php 4:7
January 24, 2019
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