2014-03-27 / Obituaries

Norman Nichols, M.D.

Norman Nichols was born in Kansas City, Mo. on April 24, 1921 to Elmer and Agatha (Heine) Nichols. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 19, 2014 in Firestone, Colo.

Norman graduated from

West Seattle High School as

Salutatorian and received his pre-med training at UCLA and medical school at USC where he was a Phi Kappa Phi.

During WWII he worked full-time at Lockheed on the Hudson bomber and P-38 while attending school full-time and was a member of the Army Specialized Training Program. He served from 1949-1952 as a surgeon in the USAF in Germany during the Berlin Airlift.

After the war, he chose Mariposa to make his home and practice medicine. He opened his offices in the VFW Building in July 1952 and cared for Mariposans until July 1988 when health forced his retirement. During those years he was a leader in the Salvation Army with Cleo Adelsbach; was Mariposa County Health Officer and Mariposa County Mental Health Officer for many years. He was chief of staff of the John C. Fremont Hospital for 25 years and had the contract to care for the CYA boys until his retirement. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and was appointed to serve on the California Board of Medical Examiners by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan.

Norman lived his life to the fullest. His Lord and his family were first in his life. He was a licensed private pilot and a ham radio operator. He and his wife, Diane, collected minerals for many years from all over the world and his collection now resides at UCLA in the Earth and Space Sciences Building where he also volunteered in designing and placing the displays. He and his family traveled around a quarter of a million miles in campers and motor homes visiting every state in the U.S. He loved fishing and spending time on his houseboat on Lake Mc- Clure from 1971-1988, and traveled down the Colorado River by raft four times. He also traveled overseas both before and after his medical practice in Mariposa. He was a member of Keith Bertken Post VFW.

He was also a member of The Little Church in the Hills and First Baptist Church of Mariposa.

He leaves his wife of 49 years, Diane and five children: Janet Harris (Bill) of Sebastopol, Jeannie Lamb (Mike) of Helena, Mont., Cezanne Cross (Kelly) of Broomfield, Colo., Rodger Nichols (Maryke) of Golden, Colo., and Tanya Carroll (John) of Merced. He leaves nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Carla Mentzer (Clint).

Nichols’ memorial was held in Colorado. His favorite charity was the Wounded Warrior Project.

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He was our family doctor for

He was our family doctor for 18 years........our heart goes out to his family. He was also a good neighbor when we lived in the Mueller Tract. He gave so much of himself to Mariposa.....

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