Norman Andersen passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his home in Santa Clara, UT. He was born June 27, 1924, in Arbon, ID, to John Christrian and DeSena Sorensen Andersen. Norman was raised on the family farm in Arbon and had many arduous responsibilities. He helped raise horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. He remained there until he was 32 years old.
He attended Valley View High, Lincoln Jr. High, and American Falls High, as well as Laney Trade School and Oakland and T.T.I. Heavy Equipment Training in Salem, OR. Norman left the family farm in 1956, and made his permanent home in Oakland, CA.
Pacific Tire was his first employer in Oakland. He then worked for Oliver Tire and Rubber and the St. Regis Paper Co. in San Leandro, CA. His main employer was East Bay Municipal Utility District, in Oakland, CA, and retired in 1989 after 26 years of employment.
He married Josephine DeFilippis in Elko, NV, on Dec. 8, 1956. Norman adopted her three girls: Paulette Ruby, Charlette, and Cecelia Marie. Paulette passed away in July 2008, in San Leandro, CA. In 1958, they had twin girls in Oakland: Pamela Lee and Priscilla Ann. Josephine died in 1983, and was interred in Arbon. Norman remarried on June 21, 1986, to Tanga Rebecca Brown Dana. They were sealed in the Oakland LDS Temple March 3, 2001. They honeymooned in Canada and saw Expo 86. They had such a good time, they returned the following year.
Norman loved gems and minerals. He was past president of East Bay Gem and Mineral Society. He and his family enjoyed many great trips looking for interesting stones. He and Tanga made it all the way to Canada, New York, the east coast, and Florida on a 14,000 mile trip with two dogs in a fifth wheel in 1996. They had a grand time and enjoyed it very much. They traveled to Israel in 2000.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Santa Clara Third Ward Chapel, 1706 Desert Dawn Dr., Santa Clara, UT. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service. Funeral services in Idaho will be held Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Arbon LDS Ward Chapel. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Arbon Valley Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to share condolences online at www.SerenityStG.com. Arrangements and memorial tree planting by Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 986-2085.
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