February 16, 1939 - December 17, 2020 Norman Richard Coker was born on Feb. 16, 1939 in Sedro-Woolley Washington to Jenoth and Helen Coker. Norm grew up on a dairy farm and was the youngest of three children. Norm spent his entire life in Skagit County, Washington. Norm passed away at the age of 81 on Dec. 17, 2020. He was at home, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. Norm married Mary K. McCain on November 20, 1959. They had two children, Mark and Cindy. Norm and Mary made their home south of Mount Vernon on Stackpole Road. Norm and Mary created a small farm complete with a large garden, chickens, cows and pigs. They grew and preserved nearly all their own food. Norm and Mary enjoyed hiking and took their two young kids on many adventures in the mountains. Although he had some college, Norm was mostly self-taught and he was truly a brilliant man, genius level, especially in the arena of mechanics and electronics. He spent his career as plant engineer for numerous food processing plants. He started out at Libby McNeil in Mount Vernon as a young man. He also worked at San Juan Cannery in LaConner, Container Corperation of America, in Renton, Bellingham Frozen Foods and Dean Foods in Bellingham. He traveled the world assisting other countries in designing and setting up food processing plants. This included Switzerland, Israel, and Denmark to name a few. Norm lived his life to the fullest especially in his retirement years. He loved to travel, and he and Mary made annual trips to Hawaii; by far Norm's favorite place. He had a large shop where he worked on his classic cars, rebuilt engines, designed and sold car parts and food processing equipment. He had even made his own electric car. He loved tinkering and could envision and build almost anything. In his twilight years, Norm was interested in everyone and loved to both tell a story and listen to a story. He had a beautiful smile, which was commented on by all. He was loved by those who got the opportunity to spend time with him; he charmed all those he met, and he was kind, generous and gracious. Norm was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in December of 2018, and his brother, Lloyd in March of 2020. Norm leaves behind his son Mark Coker, daughter-in-law Kozuru and grandson, James Coker; and his daughter, Cindy Coker, son-in-law Tom Melcher; and his sister, Zona Sjorgen. Norm would love it if everyone got together to celebrate his life, he would just be upset he was not there! Due to COVID, there is no celebration planned at this time. Please just take a moment to think of Norm and hold a good memory in your heart.

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