Norman Albert Seaholm

Norman Albert Seaholm, 83, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. Norm was born on Sept. 18, 1932 at Grass Range to Albert and Mabelle Seaholm. 

He was raised on the family ranch and graduated from Grass Range High School in 1950. Norm was married to Esther Olson on June 1, 1954.  After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, Norman went on to earn a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. In his early years as an engineer, he served on the Saturn and Apollo programs. 

Norman spent most of his career as an engineer for the Boeing Company, working there for 33 years. This job took Norm and his family all over the country. Norm moved from Montana to Seattle, California, Colorado, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, and finally back to Seattle where his children graduated from college, started families of their own, and like Norm, moved away to start their careers and enjoy some new adventures. Norm was not quite done traveling and went on to Wichita, again to California, finally retiring from Boeing while in Pennsylvania. 

Norm may have moved away from Grass Range, but he never tired of sharing his stories of growing up on the ranch with his parents and brothers. He believed growing up on the ranch taught him what working hard really meant, how to save and spend wisely, to be honest, to be a good friend, but most importantly that your family is by far your greatest asset. 

He settled in Surprise, Ariz. like many retirees, seeking a nice social setting and a warmer climate. Norm was an avid reader, painter, designer, cartoonist, and spelunker.  He loved great debates and talking about metaphysics, life, philosophy, parallel universes, religion and time travel. Norm really enjoyed visits from family and friends. He would take you out on his patio to sit by the waterfall with a good drink and hours of great conversation. 

Norman was a loving father and friend to many. He was kind, funny, intelligent and curious. He valued life-long learning. Over the years, Norman sponsored over a dozen children from various countries so they could have a better life.  He was loved by many and will be missed greatly by family and friends. 

Norman is survived by his five children, Nancy Karanicolas of Leros, Greece; Peggy Marlett of Leesburg, Va..; Helen Balaskonis of Athens, Greece; Mary Isaac of Seattle, Wash.; Norman Seaholm of Tacoma, Wash.; his three brothers, Philip at Grass Range, Marly of Missoula and Earl Seaholm of Billings; and his thirteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.   

A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 30. on the waterfront at the Browns Point Improvement Club in Tacoma, Wash. 

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