Norman Dwain Graybeal

1931 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Norman Dwain Graybeal January 20, 1931 - May 22, 2013

Norman D. Graybeal passed away at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center

in Walla Walla, WA, with his wife Minobu at his side. Norman began

his life in Elgin, OR born to Lee and Dora (Lewis) Graybeal, the youngest

of 6 children. Norman graduated from Elgin High School in 1949 and joined

the Navy in 1950 serving four years on the USS George DE-697. During

a leave, he met Doris A. Wagoner from Pilot Rock, Oregon and was

married in 1952. After the Navy, Norm attended Eastern Oregon

Normal School in La Grande, Oregon where he received his BS

in Education. Teaching took him all over the US and during his

spare time obtained a Masters Degree in Education in Cedar

Falls, Iowa and Masters Degree in Science in Missoula, Montana.

In 1969 he went to Japan to work for the Department of Defense

as a math and science teacher at Sasebo Naval Base. After a year

in Sasebo, he was promoted and sent to Camp Zama Army Base

where he became Vice Principal. Doris and Norm had three

children, Brad, Douglas and Jennifer. They later divorced.

Norman met Minobu Kitazawa at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan

and was married in 1981. They spent two years in Eugene, Oregon where

Norm finished his PhD in Education Administration at the U of O. After

returning to Misawa AFB in Japan, his career took him to the Clark AFB

in the Philippines and Wurzburg, Germany before retiring in 1992 to

College Place, WA. Norm and Minobu have two children, Michael and Kaori

both graduates of Walla Walla High School.

Norm was very active in the communities of College Place

and Walla Walla with AMVETS Post #1111. He was a lifetime

member of the NRA, AMVETS Gun Club, and American Legion.

He loved to hunt, fish and camp with his family.

He is survived by his wife Minobu Graybeal; five children:

Michael and Desalyn Graybeal, Kaori Graybeal, Brad and Cathy

Graybeal, Douglas and Tamara Graybeal and Jennifer and Israel

Vigil; five grandchildren: Brian Graybeal, Derik Graybeal, Alexis

Graybeal, Raelee Graybeal, Gabriella Vigil ; and numerous nieces

and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Lee and Dora

Graybeal; brother Ira Lee Graybeal; sisters Esther Thurner,

Gertrude Sauter , Doshia Oliver and Verna Eckrich.

A Memorial Service will be Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1 pm at

Mountain View –Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road,

Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-525-3397. Friends may write

memories and sign the online guest book at


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