Folsom resident, born Aug. 28, 1938 passed quietly on Nov. 17, 2014 of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus disease. Norman is survived by his loving partner Ken Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents Frances E Earle and Leslie R Earle and also brother Ronald Earle. He is survived by brother Ray Earle and family. Norm received his BA Degree in English in 1960 and his HS teaching credential in 1961. In 1962 he got his MA degree in Theatre Arts. Norm taught at Norte del Rio and Foothill HS in Sacramento. He was a friend & mentor to his students and was deeply admired over the years by many of his former high school students through the years. Norm also had many very good friends in the Sacramento area. After retirement in 1993 Norm had a variety of interesting part-time jobs working in an art gallery and at Toys That Teach putting on children's workshops. He was participant of the MyFolsom.com forum under the name of Farley. In the last couple years he was a member at the Folsom Senior Center where Mondays and Fridays were his favorite days singing as part of the Off Key Singers. He had many great friends there. Norm was artistic, literate, humorous, and appreciated beauty in all of its forms. He loved to laugh, talk, and sing! His philosophies were similar to those of Thoreau, Wordsworth, Emerson, and other writers. To live free, simply and happily was always his goal. He achieved his goal many times over. Norm's ashes will be spread in the beauty of nature. Ken can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norm was an early member of Capital City Squares and served as secretary from June of 1983 until May of 1986. He was affectionately referred to "Norma Jean" or 'Karma". He left the club for a few years, and after his retirement in 1993, he came back to square dancing in the mid and late 1990's.