William Norman (Norm) Quient has come to live with us at Caring House. We are honored.
Norm was born in Winfield, Kansas, the first child born to Ronald and Esther Quient. Nicknamed “Skippy” as a child, he spent his early childhood years in Winfield before the family moved to Downey, in Southern California. He attended Downey High School. Norm enjoyed flying and at the age of sixteen he received his private pilot’s license.
Norm joined the United States Navy and enrolled in flight school. While in the Navy at San Diego he also worked in the shipyards helping scrape the bottoms of ships.
Norm met his future wife Pauline through friends. He and Pauline eloped and were married in Las Vegas. Together they raised seven children: Lori, Janice, Terri, Ellen, Gary, Andy and Jill. Norm and Pauline have 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. “Sweet P” – as Norm called Pauline — passed away in February 2018.
After the Navy, Norm opened a lumber yard. But after falling off a stack of lumber and injuring his back, he left the lumber business and joined the Gardena Police Department as an auxiliary policeman. Later he became a real estate broker and owned one of the first LA County Century 21 offices, located in Torrance. He also taught classes at Los Angeles Harbor College.
Norm then became a fireman for the City of Gardena, starting an almost 30 year career there. In the Fire Department, he advanced to Battalion Chief. He was happier as Captain and returned to that position.
The family moved to Hermosa Beach, with Norm living there on the Strand for 43 years. He loves the ocean and sea life. He enjoys traveling (visiting Maui is a favorite) and he loves to read and entertain. Over the years he’s also enjoyed tennis, water skiing, camping and fishing.
Norm’s family and loved ones know him for his guidance, wisdom and generosity. He has been a big influence on each of their lives.
We are glad that Norm is with us at Caring House. We look forward to caring for this man of many talents.
Norm died on September 8, 2018. Honor him. Remember him.