Frank Gilbert Norris, 61, died Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, after a courageous 2½ year battle with cancer, surrounded by family.
Frank was born in Clarkston, Washington, on October 12, 1957, to Melvin and Dusty Norris. Frank was the fifth of ten children. Frank spent his childhood in Loon Lake, Ahsahka, Weippe, and Later years in Calder, Ione, Salmon, British Columbia, Clarkston, Asotin, and Lewiston.
Frank attended Weippe Elementary and Middle School, Timberline High school, and received an AA degree from WWCC and attended LCSC.
Frank married Leann Hutchins in 1977 and had two children, Melissa and Michael. Frank spent many years as a logger and worked various jobs in the timber industry. Frank was a gifted mechanic, machinist, and could fix or fabricate anything. He worked for John Barker River Trips and worked as a handyman-gardener for a paraplegic man in the valley.
One thing he especially enjoyed was volunteering as a camera man for the NAIA World Series until his health would no longer allow. He also ran the lighting for the theater at LCSC.
Frank was passionate about Geology, Anthropology, and Gemology. Frank loved to spend time in the outdoors exploring and enjoying nature. He would help anyone in need and had a special place in heart for his two grandsons, Justin and Ryan.
He especially looked forward to excursions and watching sports with his brother, Lawrence.
He is survived by his wife Leann, of 42 years, his daughter, Melissa Berger (Jim Click), son, Michael Norris, Grandsons, Justin Berger and Ryan Click, Sisters, Regina Wyant (Rick), Melvalyn Boggan, Laurel Norris, Brothers, Lawrence, Melvin, and David Norris. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Dusty Norris, his brother Ron Norris, and sisters Billy Jo Norris and Mona Schoonover.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sennett Pierce, Anita Ringering FNP, Nurse Linda and staff at Valley Medical, Dr. Morgan, Hospice nurses, Brooke and Kathy, and social worker Emmy. You all went above and beyond.
Memorial services will be on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th Street, Lewiston, Idaho, with a potluck to follow.