Retired Marine Colonel, Norman Van Dam, 82, died August 25, 1994 at his home in Oceanside, California.
Funeral services were held August 31, LDS Church, Vista, California. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, September 7, 1994, with full military honors.Norman Van Dam was born August 12, 1912, in Salt Lake City, son of Herbert Van Dam and Lillieth Ann Smith. He was a varsity swimmer at both Granite High School and at the University of Utah. A member of Sigma Pi, Van Dam also was swim team captain.
He joined the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, June, 1935. During World War II, he served in the Pacific and rose to the rank of Colonel. His final duty was Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After retiring, he and his wife, Geraldine Stokes moved to San Diego, California. Van Dam attended San Diego State University where he earned a master's degree in counseling and then worked for the Department of Rehabilitation, State of California.
He served in many capacities in the LDS church. He was an ordinance worker in the Los Angeles Temple.
Survivors include his wife, a son, Norman Van Dam, a bishop in Springfield, Virginia; three daughters, Gloria Hamson, Solana Beach, California; Lou Baxter, Ogden, Utah; Geri Slaght, Rialto, California; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and six brothers and sisters, Donovan Van Dam, Margaret Van Dam Allen, Betty Van Dam Ebert, Doris Van Dam Bailey, Lou Van Dam Gunderson and Ralph Van Dam.
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