Norman Douglas Hinson, 86, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2021, in Lakewood, Colo.
Norm was born on April 23, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, to Lynial “Garnet” and Evelyn (Huckeba) Hinson, and to the delight of his older sister, Lynial “Jane” Hinson.
As a Korean War veteran stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, Norm served in the U.S. Navy VR-7 PADC. He attended East Texas State University where he met the love of his life, Meredith “Merrie” Williams.
After graduating, Norm began a life, career and legacy with the National Park Service (NPS). The first of nine family members to become NPS employees, he was duty stationed at Rocky Mountain National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument, Catoctin Mountain Park, Natchez Trace Parkway and Yosemite National Park.
He provided protection for Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush as well as Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Yosemite in 1983. Norm served as chief criminal investigator in Yosemite.
Norm took great pride in his 32-year career, sharing his Texas hospitality, good humor and respect for the values of the NPS. After retiring, Norm and Merrie moved to Mariposa, started a BBQ catering business, raised emus and traveled extensively in their RV. In 2001, Norm and Merrie returned to their native Texas where they remained until Merrie’s death in 2009. Norm moved to Colorado soon after.
Norm was proud of and is survived by Jennifer (Hinson) Dems and her children Cody and Dylan; Norman “Scott” Hinson, wife Mary and their children, Norman “Tyler” and Jerra; Jeffery Hinson, wife Maureen and their children, Norah and Sadie.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yosemite Conservancy at yosemite.org/donate/gift-in-memory/?appeal=memorial. Donations received in Norm’s name will be designated for use in protecting park resources and visitors.