Norman Isacson

Norman Andrew Isacson

1939 - 2006

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Norm Isacson, 67, was born January 9, 1939 in Fairbanks, Alaska and passed away June 18, 2006 in his Olalla home surround with the love of family and friends. Norm graduated from Stadium High School, went to University of Puget Sound. With his father, he established a successful commercial painting business serving the greater Tacoma area. He was “kidnapped” by the Army to be stationed in Germany. Norm was proud of being able to serve his country He often would thank the soldiers he met on the street for their service. Norm’s draw to the sea and fishing began as a child. This grew into owning and operating several types of fishing boats. He purchased a boats in Brownsville, Texas, brought them through the Panama Canal to the Northwest where they were retro fitted and sold. The Seafarer, an 82’ foot shrimper was his pride. In one season he caught 3.5 millions pounds of salad shrimp In Kodiak, Alaska. He concluded his seafaring years as one the favorite cooks for Foss Maritime. Norm had a passion for good food and for cooking that he shared with his wife. Every meal was an event, with enough to feed the neighbor hood. His life was rich with many talents and interests; hunting, gardening, grafting and tending to his many apple and fruit trees, discussing politics and sharing stories. He tied hundreds of fishing flies that were individual works of art. In his retirement Norm was known as “the great fisherman”. He never came home empty handed and enjoyed sharing his love of fishing with the kids in the neighborhood. He is survived by his wife Laurie of Olalla, sister, Naida Black (Arnie) of Nevada, niece Kalmarie Black of Walla Walla and nephew Nick Black of Fontana, CA. At Norms request a funeral will not be held. A private celebration of Norm’s life will be planned at a later date. Special thanks are extended to the compassionate and caring staff of St. Joe’s Hospital and his Hospice team, Suzanne, Robb, Judy, Tom, Kerry and caregiver Lana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98466 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. No sorrow, no regrets I will be leading salmon around the Indian nets.
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