Norman Ford Friehauf

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Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home | Portland OR
4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR

April 5, 1950 ~ August 14, 2018

Norman Ford Friehauf was born in Yakima, Washington to parents Wilbert Dudley and Mary Ellen (Ford) Friehauf on April 5, 1950. Norman was the second born of four children. He was brother to Greg, Nancy and Brad. He was raised in Yakima and graduated from Eisenhower High School.
Following high school, Norm attended college for one year at Washington State University. After that, he studied for three years at the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor's degree. After his time at UW, Norm continued his educational path and received a Master's degree from Portland State University.
Norm had a passion for mathematics and following his education, he went on to a long career as an educator. He taught first at Roosevelt High School in North Portland, OR, for 3 years, 2 years at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, WA, and 31 years at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA. In addition to his service as a math teacher, Norm served as a wrestling coach for 36 years. He developed a wrestling scoring program that was used in many high schools throughout the United States and for Washington's State Wrestling tournaments for many years. In October 2012 the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association presented Norm with the Dr. William Tomaras Award for exceptional leadership in the development and promotion of wrestling in Washington State. Following retirement, Norm continued as a substitute teacher.
Norm met Tamara Malsey at a night class at Multnomah Bible College in March of 1975. The two exchanged wedding vows later that same year on December 27, 1975 at Willamette Church of Christ in West Linn, OR. The ceremony was officiated by Tamara's brother, Terry. Norm and Tammy were blessed with a daughter, Rachel Ann. Norm and Tammy have been members of Glenwood Community Church of Vancouver, WA for 37 years.
In addition to his love for teaching and coaching wrestling, Norm enjoyed wood working and woodturning. He won blue ribbons for his works entered in competitions at the Clark County Fair. Norm also made many items to auction in support of The Friends of the Carpenter.
He was a great neighbor, helping when needed and sharing tomatoes from his garden. His biggest love of all was his family and spending quality time with his grandchildren. He took the grandkids on many adventures riding bikes, picking berries, gardening, working in his shop, and walking along the Columbia River.
Norm is survived by his wife of 42 years, Tamara "Tammy" Friehauf; daughter, Rachel Ann Smith (Bryan); brothers, Greg Friehauf (Mary Jane) of Houston, TX, and Brad Friehauf (Jeannie) of Richland, WA; sister, Nancy Friehauf of Redmond, WA; grandchildren, Caleb Eugene, Nathaniel Bryan, Noah Ryker, and Aubrielle Jacqueline (all Smith); mother-in-law Barbara Malsey, father-in-law, Eugene Malsey; brother-in-law, Terry (Barbara); sisters-in-law, T.J. and Trudy, and many nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
He was preceded by his parents, Wilbert and Mary Ford.

Because we live in the sure and certain hope of the
resurrection and eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ,
death has lost its sting. This is a separation but it is not the end. The best is yet to come. For Norm that time has come.

A memorial service will be held on September 14, 2018 at 4p.m., at Glenwood Community Church, 12201 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA. Norm will be privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens of Portland, OR.

Please visit Norm's online memorial and guestbook at and

Published in The Columbian on Sept. 9, 2018
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