Norman Jerry Lund (Norm), a resident of Lopez Island for 40 years, passed away on Sept. 6, 2018 at the age of 92.
Norm was born on Nov. 23, 1925 to Oscar and Lola Lund in Alhambra, California. He graduated from Alhambra City High School and enlisted at age 17 in the United States Navy, eventually becoming Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (CP) (Catapult) Third Class. He served on the catapult deck and was part of the original crew of the U.S.S. Randolph, an aircraft carrier that participated in the Tokyo, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Norm attended Pasadena City College and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Industrial Arts, and graduated in 1953. In later years he also attended San Francisco State College, Cal State Hayward, and East Contra Costa Junior College.
He met and married the love of his life, Myrna Granger, in Southern California. They graduated from UC Santa Barbara together, and soon moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area where Norm worked as a high school woodshop and drafting teacher for over 25 years in the Hayward area. They had two sons, Dana Andrew and Hans Adrian, and eventually moved to Danville, California, in 1963. His beloved Myrna passed away in 1968.
In about 1965 Norm and Myrna purchased property on Humphrey Head, Lopez Island, and over the years Norm and his boys built a home on the land. In 1979, Norm retired and moved up to Lopez for good, deeply enjoying the quiet life on the island and the opportunity to focus on his other love, boats and boatbuilding.
Norm met and married Joyce Cox, a distant cousin, in 1984 and they enjoyed many happy years together on Lopez. They became grandparents to Christina, Jenneca and Sam. Norm worked as a UPS driver for some years and became a familiar face around Lopez. Unfortunately, he was widowed again when Joyce passed away in 2003.
Norm loved reading science and boating books, designing and building boats, owning several diffent sailboats, eating at The Galley, and watching countless movies from his large collection of videos and dvds. He became a great grandfather to Christina’s children, Damian and Elizabeth.
Norm is survived by his two sons and their wives, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. No services will be held per his request. He will be dearly missed.