In Memory


Ralph Norris



Ralph Edward Norris a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on May 22, 2022 at the age of 80. Ralph was born on February 23, 1942, to Edward John and Dorothy Jane Norris at their grandmother’s house in Viola, Wisconsin. , Ralph is survived by his wife, Tamara Alice Norris; They had two children, Bradley Allen and Gregory Edward Norris; his grandchildren, Emily Ellis and Matthew Thier James Norris; His sister Sherrill Kay Davis, his nephew Scott Edward Davis and his niece Sarah Lynn Olsen. Ralph lived in San Clemente, CA for over 50 years, where he owned and operated a successful accounting/financial business helping many clients. Ralph always loved to spend time with his friends and family. He always loved meeting people and maintained lasting relationships, positively touching many people who came before him throughout his life.
Raised on a farm in Mason City, Iowa, Ralph and his two sisters Sherrill and Karen would have a known sibling rivalry. From early on, where to Sunday fried chicken dinners, where each claimed his meal by licking a piece of his chicken, to middle school where he charged his sister a penny per bullet for using his rifle, which we Everyone knows that was in Ralph’s DNA. Ralph made sure he and his two younger sisters didn’t become soft and naive and create long lasting memories for a lifetime with their sisters and the rest of the family.
After graduating high school in 1960 and initially beginning his postgraduate education at the University of Iowa, Ralph eventually earned his degree with a focus in accounting from Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa. After working for several years as a junior accountant in Mason City, Ralph followed one of his childhood best friends, Chuck Stephen, where he moved his home to an accountant in large areas of Los Angeles and Orange County. Worked as. In 1968, he found his permanent residence as he became both a real estate investor and a homeowner in San Clemente, CA, where, over the years, he accumulated eight rental properties, which he owned for more than 30 years. and operated.
In 1969, Ralph met his partner and lifelong friend Tammy while attending a dance at the Grand Hotel in Anaheim. Immediately, Ralph learns that he is the one they met in January, got engaged in April, and married on September 20, 1969.
In 1977, Ralph and Tammy welcomed their first son, Brad, followed by Greg in 1982. Ralph liked to be as involved in his son’s life as possible. He used to take his family on summer vacations to the Midwest to visit his family, and also lived close to his roots. He always maintained strong family ties with his mother, sisters and their families. Ralph visited with his family whenever possible and educated both Brad and Greg on their Midwestern upbringing and strong family values. He loved coaching their own basketball teams at the local Boys and Girls Club. He taught them lifelong skills by becoming their Boy Scout troop leader.
Ralph was a problem-solver, often knowing other people’s problems that he could help those in need. After leaving his job as CFO, Ralph opened his own tax and financial business, REN & Associates. Navigating financial and tax planning, he saved many people from hardships that would otherwise cripple one’s future. Known as a shrewd but fair businessman, he achieved personal and commercial success selling his practice in the mid-2000s. Even in retirement, Ralph continued to exercise his financial skills by supporting close friends and family with tax preparation and financial advice.
Ralph also took his family on vacation to Northern California to go camping in the Sierra National Forest. Ralph loved camping and fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the outdoors and would take his family fishing and hiking near the South Lake area. Camping was one of Ralph’s favorite passions, and over the years, he was able to share his love of the outdoors with his family, moving from tent to tent and later RV travel. As a family, he loved annually to visit his favorite destination, Creekside RV Park outside Bishop, CA, in the High Sierra. After the boys graduated high school, Ralph and Tammy joined the Discovery RV Club in California in 2002, where they joined with several friends and eventually, in 2006, the Two Springs RV Community located in North Palm Springs, CA. Became the owner of a permanent RV lot. where he enjoyed the snowbird lifestyle like many others.
Throughout his life, Ralph formed incredibly strong friendships. Known for the “gift of gub” he can meet with anyone, making him an instant best friend. Ralph loved golf, Los Angeles Lakers basketball, and tinkering with various home projects not only around his house, but with friends, neighbors, and his son’s homes.
In 2012, Ralph found a new passion as he became the grandfather of Emily and later in 2015, Matthew. Together, they regularly went on beach walks, produced projects, went camping, and slept where Grandpa would make his special popcorn during movie nights.
Ralph’s spirit, teachings, wisdom and memories will live on in all of us, influencing many generations to come.

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