Norman Marion McCrae, 84, of Wallowa died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash.

He was born to Marion and Nancy Macauley McCrae of Wallowa and grew up and attended Wallowa Grade and High School.

He liked to travel and started doing so at a young age. He had many occupations: driving wheat truck, picking fruit, working at the ship yards in Vancouver, Wash. as an electrician, milking cows at a dairy, working in a coal mine in Wyoming, logging, and farming.

He married Mamie Laughlin in 1953 and the couple had four children. He operated the family ranch for 56 years.

He enjoyed football, ocean and stream fishing, camping and hunting with friends and family, bird watching, going to Arizona for the winter, playing cards with buddies and drinking coffee at the local coffee shops.

He is survived by his wife Mamie of Wallowa; daughters, Teresa Kelly and her husband Bob of La Grande and Diana Wheeler and her husband John of Rupert, Idaho; sons, Mark McCrae and his wife Dena of La Grande and Blake McCrae and his wife Marsha of La Grande; sisters, Mary Ann Burrows and her husband Thorval of Wallowa, Nancy Marie Stephens and her husband Alonzo of Las Vegas Nev.; brother, Dallas McCrae and his wife Carol of Wallowa; brother-in-law Merton Wade of Enterprise; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jim McCrae; sister, Bethel Wade; sister-in-law Margaret McCrae.

Graveside services were held Feb. 27 at the Wallowa Cemetery. A celebration of life followed at the Wallowa community Senior Center.

Contributions in Norman McCrae's memory may be made to the Wallowa Community Senior Center.

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