Frank Gilbert Norris, 61, died Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, after a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer, surrounded by family.
Frank was born in Clarkston Oct. 12, 1957, to Melvin and Dusty Norris. Frank was the fifth of 10 children. Frank spent his childhood in Loon Lake, Ahsahka, Weippe and later years in Calder, Ione, Salmo, British Columbia, Clarkston, Asotin and Lewiston.
Frank attended Weippe Elementary and Middle School, Timberline High School and received an Associate in Arts degree from Walla Walla Comunity College and attended Lewis-Clark State College. 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 and gardener for a paraplegic man in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
One thing he especially enjoyed was volunteering as a cameraman 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 his 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 of 42 years, Leann; his daughter, Melissa Berger (Jim Click); son Michael Norris; grandsons Justin Berger and Ryan Click; sisters Regina (Rick) Wyant, Melvalyn Boggan and Laurel Norris; and 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, family nurse practitioner; nurse Linda and staff at Valley Medical Center; Dr. Morgan; hospice nurses Brooke and Kathy; and social worker, Emmy. You all went above and beyond.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. June 23 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th St., Lewiston, with a covered-dish meal to follow.