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Norman Dale Barber

June 28, 1928 — December 22, 2023


Norman Dale Barber


Norman Dale Barber, affectionately known as Norm, lived a remarkable life filled with love, dedication, and adventure. On December 22, 2023, he sadly passed away at his home in Rocklin, California, surrounded by family and leaving behind a legacy of cherished memories. Norm was born on June 28, 1928, in Blue Springs, Nebraska to his parents Angeline Schmidt and Charles Barber. His step-father Reuben Schmidt also played an influential role in his life. He had five brothers, Eugene, Harvey, Raymond, Frances & Donald.

Norm's journey began when he proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. His bravery and commitment to his country were evident throughout his military service. After the war, Norm worked as a mail carrier through the railroad. Then later embarked on a successful career as a plant analyst for the Ford Motor Company. His hard work and dedication were recognized as he faithfully served the company for over 30 years before retiring in 1985. He later became a realtor for Cornish & Carey and sold people their dream homes. Before later becoming a yard duty at Carl Sundahl Elementary in Folsom, Ca; where he and Betty became everyone's adoptive grandparents.

However, Norm's true passion lies beyond his professional accomplishments. He was a devoted family man who cherished every moment spent with loved ones. Norm's beautiful bride Betty stood by his side throughout their incredible journey together. Their enduring love led them to exchange vows on September 18, 1948. Together they raised four children: Diana FitzPatrick (married to Michael), Jan Barber (married to Ella), Tamira McLaughlin, and David Barber (married to Gwen).

The love Norm & Betty shared blossomed even further with the arrival of ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. John Wright, Lisa Fitzpatrick (Children: Patrick & Dylan), Isobel Allen (married to Joe)(Children: Jonathan & Jordan), Wendy Douros (Children: Alan), Jennifer Pfister (married to Tom) (children: Madison, Alden & Emmarie), Chrissy Martinez (married to Nick) (Children: Nicholas & Alexander), Ryan Barber (significant other: Kayla) (Children: Kaylie, Paul, Maddie, Oliver, Mack & Emma), Kimberly Barber (Children: Liam), Valerie Luedke (married to Kevin) (children: Michael) & Nathan Barber.

One of Norm's greatest joys was coaching Little League for over 35 years. The ball field became a place where memories were made and young minds nurtured. Countless children had the privilege of learning from Norm's guidance and passion for the game. His impact extended far beyond the boundaries of the diamond.

Family remained at the core of Norm's being as he showered them with unconditional love and support. He treasured the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Norm had a unique ability to make everyone around him feel loved and cherished. His warm smile and kind heart left an indelible impression on those fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

When Norm wasn't delighting in the presence of his loved ones, he found solace in pursuing hobbies that brought him joy. He had a penchant for collecting anything related to Disney, a passion that grew alongside his frequent visits to the Disney parks. Norm made it a point to explore these magical realms at least once every year since their grand opening. Amongst his most treasured memories were the moments spent at Disneyland and Disneyworld, where his favorite ride was Dumbo.

Norman Dale Barber's adventurous spirit led him on countless journeys throughout his life. Whether it was cheering on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they played baseball or performed in the band. Traveling to magical Disney destinations with his beloved Betty, Norm's boundless enthusiasm and zest for life were truly inspiring.

Norm's passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. However, we find solace in knowing that his spirit will continue to live on through the cherished memories he left behind. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, let us take comfort in the knowledge that he has now embarked on a new journey filled with infinite love and happiness.

Norman Dale Barber will forever remain in our hearts as a dedicated father, grandfather, friend, and mentor. His unwavering love for family, coupled with his incredible zest for life, will continue to inspire generations to come. May you rest in eternal peace, dear Norm.


No public services will be held, as the family will be holding a private gathering at a later time. If you would like to honor Norm, in place of flowers the family asks that you consider sponsoring a child (who may not otherwise be able to afford) to play baseball for your local Little League Organization.

The family also requests that you please share your favorite memory with Norm along with any photos by emailing:

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