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Longtime West Linn resident and former Mayor Norm King has died.

Norm King

Norm B. King, longtime resident of West Linn and more recently of Wilsonville, Ore., died March 7, 2017 after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer.

He was born in Yakima, Wash. to Norman T. and E. Blanche King. Norm and his wife Marylee Hansen King were married for 43 years.

Norm graduated from Mabton High School and attended Yakima Junior College. He received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Washington, served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army, and received a second degree in business management and a master's in agricultural economics from Washington State University. He farmed dry land wheat with his father for several years in the Horse Heaven Hills.

In 1978, Norm and his family moved to Shafter, Calif., where Norm worked as Vice President of Jackson & Perkins Rose Nursery. Later they moved to West Linn, Ore., where Norm worked as general manager of Oregon Bulb Farms, Aurora, and later as the cost recovery manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Throughout his professional career, Norm was a dedicated community volunteer and leader. He was elected mayor of West Linn for two terms. He was president of the Shafter Rotary; a West Linn City Counselor; served on the planning commissions in Shafter and West Linn; was South Fork Water board chairman; co-founder of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition; and founder of Heritage Oak Preservation at Mary S. Young State Park. He was also active in the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, serving as trustee president. He was a strong advocate for inclusiveness and served people experiencing poverty and hunger. Yet he rarely missed the family dinner hour and made it to virtually all of his children's soccer and basketball games and school activities.

He is survived by his wife, Marylee; mother E. Blanche King, Yakima; brother Gordon A. (Connie) King of Mabton; son Art (Kathy) King and grandsons Oliver and Evan from Seattle; his daughter Beth Anne King (Jeff Johns) of Spokane.

A celebration of Norm's life and a reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 Southshore Blvd., Lake Oswego, with a private interment March 27 at Willamette National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, PO Box 7, West Linn, OR 97068; or Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239.

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