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Norman Roy Warner

d. April 11, 2007

died peacefully from cancer in his home on April 11, 2007. He was holding his wife's hand and listening to her talk when he went to be with his Lord. Norm was born April 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California to Roy and Vera Warner.As a boy of 12 his beautiful singing voice brought him to the attention of some producers casting a new TV show - the Mickey Mouse Club. At first they thought he might make a great Mousketeer, but then decided he looked too old for a part (although he met the entire original cast and worked with them as an understudy). This didn't stop Norm. He continued to sing and had enough talent to persuade Tennessee Ernie Ford to become his voice coach, and to win the lead role in several plays at his high school in Burbank.But this taste of the entertainment world was enough for Norm. He decided that his future was elsewhere. He enlisted in the Air National Guard as a reservist and got a full time job at Lockheed Martin as a draftsman. His efforts at Lockheed quickly bore fruit and he advanced into a trusted management position there. Norm stayed with Lockheed for 36 years. While at Lockheed, Norm worked on several important projects. He was program manager of Tech/Publications for the Space Systems division (where he had his name etched onto a plaque that was launched with a satellite). He consulted with Ford Motor Company on their electric car projects, and he was closely involved in implementing the Crescent Project, which allows trucks to be weighed in motion along our interstate freeway system.But by far his favorite project was his 1980 marriage to Frances Ann Warner, the love of his life. Together they bought 13 acres of treed property in Port Hadlock and after slowly developing it into a beautiful oasis they retired there in 1995. They became active members of the OVAC antique automobile car club in Bremerton Washington and in 2001 they acquired a love-child, a 1936 Dodge police patrol car that they called The Constable. They spent many treasured hours together, riding in or showing-off that special car.Norm was a "project-guy" and loved to challenge himself. He could build anything, and anything he built was built right. He was an avid long-time member of the Amateur Radio Club, the Los Angeles Masonic Order, and the Port Townsend Elks. He also enjoyed boating and fishing, woodworking, camping, water-skiing and he was a real computer wiz.Norm's final challenge was in many ways also his finest moment. The awful sickness that tried to destroy him never was able to tarnish his courage, self-respect or indelible sense of humor. Instead all it did was revel the gold we always knew was the true character of the man we love.He is survived by his wife, Francis Warner, three children, Stuart Warner, Jennifer Scott, and Mathew Warner; three step children, Debbie Mitchell, Sherri Larson, and Paula Balas; eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two half-sisters, and two step-brothers.He is preceded in death by his son Gary Warner, his mother Vera Ruff and his father Roy Warner.Remembrances suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Jefferson Healthcare Hospice.

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