Norman Everett Holck was born on July 11, 1940 in Stockton, California. He weighed in at 13 pounds. For the past 10 years, Norman fought a courageous battle with Leukemia and Lymphoma and lost the fight on March 7th. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Thelma Holck, his beloved daughter, Andrea Holck Dewey and his sister, Lorraine Andersen of Stockon. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Christine Mammen Holck, a son, Matthew Holck (Marissa) of Ripon, CA, brothers, Don Holck (Lynne) of Tracy and Dale Holck (Carrol) of Riverbank and a brother-in-law, Paul Andersen of Stockton. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Sara Morris of Santa Barbara, Joshua Morris of Santa Cruz, Anniston, Deegan, Kenzie and Brody Holck of Ripon, CA. Many cousins, nieces and nephews will miss Norman.
Norman was part of the Von Sosten’s, one of the early pioneer farming families in the Tracy area. He began farming with his father as a young man in 1958 at the home ranch on Kelso Road. He farmed with Everett from 1958 until the early 80’s. In the early 80’s, he also sold farm equipment with Butch Patello at Engine Sales. During this time he also co-owned and operated Cliff’s Sporting Goods with his in-laws, the Mammens. In 1984, he began a career as a mechanical technician with Allied Bendix/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and worked there until 1996. With farming in his blood, Norman, Chris, Bud and Lucille purchased a cranberry farm in Bandon, Oregon and moved there in 1996.They made their home in Bandon for 17 years. They moved back to California in 2011 to be closer to family. They purchased a home with a walnut orchard in Escalon, California.
Norman was a past president and one of the original members of the Tracy Clutch Burners car club, a Lammersville School Trustee, helped found the Tracy Rodeo Association, was a member of the Alameda County Farm Bureau, and served on the Saron Lutheran Church council for 3 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 AM at Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North St. in Escalon. Interment will be private.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Saron Lutheran Church; 1742 North Street Escalon, CA, 95320 and would be very much appreciated.