Norman Been


Norman Been
March 25, 1940 - Sept. 8, 2010

Norman Been, 70, of Pendleton passed away Sept. 8, 2010, at his home after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at 10 a.m., Pendleton First Church of God. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at the Let'er Buck Room.

Mr. Been was born March 25, 1940, in Greenwood, Ark., to Joseph and Ruby (McGee) Been. At age 5, his family moved to Wichita, Kansas for two years, then to Colorado for three years where his dad worked in the coal mines and later worked on a ranch in Lambert Mesa. He attended school in a one-room school house, grades 1-8. The family then moved to Milton-Freewater, where he graduated from high school in 1958. He married Karen Carlstrom in Pendleton in 1961. They had three children. They later divorced. In 2002, he married Sherry Long in Pasco. They divorced in 2009.

After graduation, Norm attended college at Lassen Junior College in Susanville, Calif. He later attended Blue Mountain Junior College in Pendleton where he graduated as an engineer tech in 1964. After graduating from college, he went to work for the Oregon Game Commission as a wildlife biologist until retiring in 1994. He loved his job and was able to involve his kids with his work such as lake surveys, horseback census routes, and big game census. He received a number of awards for outstanding work achievements. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time camping with his family. He always owned horses and made many trips packing into the back country. In his spare time, he built four new homes in the Pendleton area.

He is survived by his son, Curtis Been of Pendleton; daughters, Jamie Been of Pendleton and Jodi Been of Tri-Cities; sister, Carol Sams of Milton-Freewater; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Little League. You may send condolences to


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