Norman E. Meyer, 74

Norman E. Meyer, 74, of Tonto Basin, Ariz., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, of a sudden heart attack.

Norman was born Nov. 26, 1944, in Winona, to Elmer and Etta Meyer. Until the age of 16, he grew up on the family farm in Rushford. He always considered this his home, and returned to Rushford many times throughout his life. In 1960, he moved with his family to Rochester, where he graduated in 1963 from John Marshall High School.

Norman felt the call to serve his country during the Vietnam War and enlisted in the U.S. Marines in September 1963 and served until March 1966. He protected his country in combat as a member of the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, including Special Forces Teams, serving two tours in Vietnam. As a result of his military service, he suffered PTSD and medical conditions that were later diagnosed which led to the VA granting him total disability status for his injuries. Norman was a very proud Marine and a true patriot to his country.

Norman was united in marriage to Penny Bethel in 1967. They lived in Rochester, where Norm was a claims adjuster, and Rushford, where he owned a furniture store. Together, they had two children. In 1978, they moved to Phoenix. They were later divorced.

In 1982, Norman married Katherine Dezart, in Phoenix, where they made their home for most of their married life, except for a brief period of time when they lived in Rushford. At that time, Norm tried to reconnect with his childhood roots and bought a small farm, but after his home was destroyed by fire and the farm and livestock did not yield what he expected, he once again returned to Phoenix.

Norman's professional life took him down many different roads. His career began as an insurance claims adjuster in Rochester, which eventually took him to Phoenix, where in 1984, he launched his own business, Realistic Adjustment Company, which he ran until 1995 when he sold it for company stock in Alanco. Norm was President and CEO of Alanco, a NASDAQ listed public company. In 1998, Norm resigned from Alanco to pursue other private business investments. Norman retired in 1999 and moved to Happy Jack in northern Arizona to enjoy the cooler weather and the outdoors. He eventually settled in Tonto Basin, where he and Kathy have a home on Lake Roosevelt.

When Norman wasn't working, spending time with family, or helping others, he could be found in his boat fishing on the lake. He was a devoted husband and father, and very proud of all his grandchildren. The last three months of Norm's life were spent at his wife's bedside, caring for her following her brain tumor surgery. He wanted nothing more in life than to be there to care for her, to bring her comfort, and to spend time with her, just holding her hand.

Norman is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Jill Dillon; stepdaughter, Theresa Mitchell; grandsons, Colby, Brenden, Alec, Adam, Mahlon and Kale; great-granddaughter, Sydney; mother, Etta Meyer; sisters, Janice Zeller, Beverly Northouse and Carol Brandt; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jodi, and his father, Elmer.

A service of remembrance was held Aug. 26, at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV), 19030 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.