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Norman ‘Norm” David Rose
05/10/1951 — 06/09/2022
From Richland, WAWatch Service
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10376 Ridgeline Dr
Kennewick, WA 99336
Norman ‘Norm” David Rose
Norman D. Rose
May 10, 1951 – June 9, 2022
Norman David Rose, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and community member, passed away unexpectedly on June 9th, 2022.
Norm was born to James (Jim) and Norma Rose (née Burke) in Van Nuys, California on May 10, 1951, and was named in honor of his mother. He is the fourth of five children.
Early in his life, Norm developed a passion for printing. He bought his first printing press at 15. After serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Washington DC, he attended California Polytechnical College, studying Printing Management.
Norm met Diane in class at Cal-Poly, refusing to return her pencil until she agreed to a date. They were married on March 22, 1975, and sealed in the Los Angeles, California temple. Deeply in love and partners in a wide range of creative projects, during the lifetime of their marriage they would actively seek out new skills, ranging from repairing their own cars to building a backyard pond to raising four children.
Norm was a hard worker, resilient in the face of adversity and a person who provided exemplary effort. In 1988, the Rose family relocated to Portland, Oregon to further Norm’s career in the printing industry. He later transitioned to professional fireworks, turning his life-long love of blowing up things into a career.
Norm was known for being incredibly passionate about service and never hesitated to help others; pitching in to rewire someone’s electrical system, printing custom calling cards for missionaries, or creating fundraising materials for the Scouts. He served as the Oak Hills Homeowners Association president, on the Washington county land-use board and volunteered as a Boy Scout leader. He recently spearheaded the Goose Ridge/Badger Mountain Neighborhood Watch.
Norm charmed many a small child with his Donald Duck voice impersonations. He delighted his family and friends with his many corny jokes, and due to his complete mastery of puns could be considered the father of Dad Jokes.
Norm is survived by his wife Diane, their four children, Nathan (married to Beth), Mathew (married to Melody), Sarah (married to Edward) and Justin (married to Sara), his grandchildren Adam, Trevor, Owen, Ethan, Hailey, Demitri, Dante, Norah, Calliope and Imogen, as well as extended family, friends, mentors, and coworkers he touched during his life, who loved him dearly and helped him become the person he was.
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 24th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the chapel at the Sunset Garden Cemetery at 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352, with placement at 2:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at the Ridgeline LDS Church, located at 10376 Ridgeline Dr, Kennewick, Washington, on Saturday June 25th, 2022 at 11:00 am.
I was saddened to learn of Norm’s passing. Norm was one of my best friends during my Oak Hills (Beaverton) years. He unselfishly donated his time and printing expertise to help me create advertising flyers when I started a small painting business to supplement my teaching salary. He did the same when I started a career as a financial advisor. Not only did Norm not charge me for his help and time, he often donated the paper. Norm also generously helped my wife and me with the printing set up of a marriage book we wrote. Norm was a great man and a great example of providing service wherever he could. He is one of the few people I have known whose name can be mentioned in the same sentence with John Mitchell. One of my greatest blessings has been to know both of these unselfish, service-oriented men. I pray that Diane and the Rose family will be blessed with peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Norm was a wonderful man of purpose and Faith, who was devoted to his wife, family, community, and Country.
Norm had many skills in his busy life. Norm was skilled at printing, photography, electronic imaging, remolding, masterful jokes, knowledge of electrical equipment, matching perfect timing of suitable music with his fireworks displays.
Many don’t know Norm personally assisted in the printing of some of the most treasured printed passions of Ansel Adams. This task was given to Norm because of his attention to the finest details. Norm knew a “Master of Photography”, Ansel Adam’s wanted the best presentation of his works, and placed and trusted that task in Norm’s hands.
Norm also managed huge volumes of printed products of everything from advertising products, flyers, to business cards. Norm used his skill of getting printing jobs done correctly and on time, even though he was color blind.
Norm was always willing to help others, contribute to his community and share his many passions. Norm was always finding ways to help others, from forming a carpools, using a van to maximize the carpool trips, to organizing his community to recycling Christmas Trees, with the Boy Scouts helping with community HOA fireworks, to training to use, manage, and, sell, plan and manage hundreds of fireworks displays all over the Western States.
It became clear, for years, if you were in the presence of Norm, you would have a blast with him.
His fireworks presentations were fantastic to see, hear, and experience, but Norm also made the hard work, a joy to help him setup. Norm was always quick with a joke and tease.
Norm included many in his family and friends to share the full fireworks presentations up close and personal.
Norm was a expert in fireworks. He designed, and organization all the pieces that made the show. From sale of the show, to getting the equipment, barrages, licenses, insurance, trucks, crews, permits, crews, training, travel, music, together to have a fireworks presentation, shows the true talent Norm possessed.
Between his fun and uplifting personality, his leadership, in Boy Scouts, his leadership in his HOA, his active LDS community activities, and the devotion to his family, Norm has made a meaningful, heartwarming, impact of all of us.
Norm will be greatly missed.
Our family knew Norm in Oak Hills. A genuinely nice man that shared his passion for life through printing, fireworks, bee keeping, pond mechanics, and those terribly good puns. He touched so many lives in the neighborhood with kindness, thoughtfulness, common sense and a smile. May we meet again.
Our family knew Norm in Oak Hills. A genuinely nice man that shared his passion for life through printing, fireworks, bee keeping, pond mechanics, and those terribly good puns. He touch so many lives in the neighborhood with kindness, thoughtfulness, common sense and a smile. May we meet again.
My thoughts go out to the family. Norm was an amazing man. A true genuine good human being. I worked for many years along side Norm on firework shows. He was not only a great teacher but a
man who always brought a smile or a laugh to your day. I will miss you Mr Rose. Rest in Peace.
To a great man and a man never afraid to teach you something new. Your friendship will be cherished by us who played alongside you with the Fireworks. We will miss you terribly my friend