2014-12-04 / Obituaries

Norman Livengood

Norman Livengood, born in Honolulu when Hawaii was a protectorate of the United States, left us recently after a battle with prostrate cancer.

His earliest memory was of his mother, feeding him bits of sashimi, and swimming in the warm water of Waikiki.

Now he’s back at the top of Machu Picchu, Peru—his happiest place on earth.

Seeing war clouds looming, his father Lawrence brought the family to California where they eventually settled in Orange County. Normie enjoyed playing football and swimming and took typing class in high school so he could meet girls. He was a paperboy in school, saved his money, and bought his first car.

After high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed in England as a radio operator, and that started his love affair with traveling. He saw much of the world, several countries numerous times, and even made it to Livengood, Alaska.

The highlight of his travels, however, was a few years ago when he finally made it to Peru and hiked to the top of Machu Picchu. As he entered the gates of Machu Picchu and saw it for the first time, tears rolled down his cheeks.

While stationed in England, Norm met his first wife, Masie, married her, and had four children named Linda, Lawrence, Norma and Paul. Linda was killed in an auto accident several years ago.

After returning to Los Angeles, Norman joined the Los Angeles Fire Department and was part of Battalion 13. His engine was sent to the Watts riots, a seminal moment he never forgot. Later he transferred to the dispatch office and after a 20-year career he and his wife, Elaine, retired to Mariposa.

Here he worked at the MARIPOSA GAZETTE as a typesetter and the John C. Fremont Hospital where he was a CNA/Cardiac Monitor Tech. For many years he was also a member of the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, and never missed a Black and White Ball, and was an active participant in several fundraisers.

Normie loved golfing, scuba diving, playing blackjack, ice cream and all cats and dogs. They, in turn, were wild about him. He was a jovial friend to many and always enjoyed having good food and good laughs. Besides his wife, children, and several grandchildren, he left behind two cats, Lucky and Harry.

Friends may make donations in his memory to the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1093, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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So sorry to hear about

So sorry to hear about Normand. This end of the Livengood family truly enjoyed spending time with him years ago when we visited with our father Norman, his cousin.

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