Norman R. Lauritzen
April 20, 1925 – February 21, 2012
Norman Reginald Lauritzen, 86, of Edmonds, passed away on February 21, 2012, surrounded by family. Norman was born to Conrad Hoff Lauritzen and Lena Regina (Saastad) Lauritzen, in a small village in Alaska called Unga. It is there where he learned the Commercial Fishing business from his family. Norman was one of the last great fishermen from the north. In 1950, Norman was introduced to the love of his life Imogene, on a blind date, set up by his sister Ruthie, who were both in Nurses training at Virginia Mason Hospital. They were married 57 years lived in Unga, Ballard, Richmond Beach and settled in Edmonds in 1961. Together they raised five children; Conrad (Josee), Janet, Norman, Alan (Laurie) and Diane (Ron). Norman is also survived by seven grandchildren; Chris, Deron, Daniel, Nikki, Kjeller, Anna, Oliver and three great grandchildren; Colton, Kayla and Julianna. Norman loved to hang out in Ballard with his friends, watch his grandchildren play sports and dink around his home and yard. In 2008, Norman received discharge papers from the Army! We were all unaware that being a member of the Alaska Territorial Guard during WWII was being in the military. The Guard members received recognition and Veterans status in 2000! He proudly displayed his certificates. Norman is happily with Imogene again, may they rest in peace together, we will miss you dad. In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Fisherman’s Fund.
Norman R. Lauritzen
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March 14, 2012
i knew alan norman and conrad and janet for years.in 2002 i was lucky to meet norman sr imogene and diane.norman was working as a night watchman,something i figure he picked up in Unga when the army handed him a rifle and said"WATCH OVER THIS VILLAGE" we are at war,and you could be invaded.and he walked each night waiting for something to happen....to us at sand point Unga area you are our hero.ill be your deck hand when i get to your port..god bless you.
Holly Huntress Lovejoy
March 13, 2012
My condolences to all Lauritzens from my family and me. My first glimpse of Norman and his beautiful fishing boat, Mount Pavlof, was in Squaw Harbor in 1976. Over the years I remember Norman over at Unga tending the family plot and resting up between salmon openings in Squaw Harbor. It was either Norman or one of his boys who told me that you had to run up the steps there or you couldn't stay. He will always be in my mind a fine fisherman, a family fisherman, and a friend. My prayers to all the family..
March 12, 2012
Dear Norman, now you can wrap your arms around Imogene, and be happy again. I promise to take good care of Alan, and love him forever. Laurie
March 11, 2012
norman was a nice man to be around .would out work people half his age.only got to be around him a few years in alaska while purse seinning on the FV arline ,while his son conrad ran the FV mount pavloff norman would be tending his set net. got to go with him one day on day off to help do mantenence on the cemetary there on unga island where he grew up. the small town is abandoned now but he saw too it the graves where his elder family members are buried was kept from being overtaken by brush he told me storys of growing up there and proud of his heritage he was a interesting man to talk too he will be missed and my condolences to his family
Stacy & Fred Willcutt
February 23, 2012
We will miss you Uncle Norman. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow.