William “Norman” Salter, Sr. was born November 29, 1933 in Livingston, Illinois. Son of Albert & Helen Salter. Eldest brother to Howard, Dolores & Mary Lou. He married Jeannie (Zralka) Salter on August 11, 1956. They were married for 65 years until the time of Jean’s death in 2021. He is survived by his children, Shrisse (Salter) Ninteman, William “Bill” Norman Salter, Jr., and Sallie (Salter) Heger. Grandfather to Matthew, Robert, Elizabeth, Christopher, Kimberly, Ryan, Theresa, Melissa, Andrea, and Silas. Norm was also Great Grandfather to 24 children. Norm joined the Navy in 1952 and served for 5 years during the Korean War. After, he became the owner and operator of his own company, Salter Plumbing & HVAC. For more than 60 years he made his mark on many residential and commercial properties throughout San Diego. Norm was known for his generosity, great stories and his made-up jokes. In private life, he never totally left his farming roots and dabbled in livestock raising and eventually settled into gardening. He was mildly famous for raising the best white corn and tomatoes you would ever eat!
His greatest passions were fishing, football, and basketball. He was a coach at heart. He was involved with coaching football at Helix High School in the late 50’s and assisted coaching Varsity Girls’ Basketball at Christian High School in the early 90’s, helping to take the team to State Championship for 5 years. This would become one of his most beloved memories. He was an avid fisherman whose entire calendar year revolved around the next chance to fish. He was especially fond of deep-sea fishing and his annual trip to Saddleback Lake in the Sierras to trout fish. He was a lover of music from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and could name that tune and artist like an audio encyclopedia. While we rejoice that we will be reunited someday, but he will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at Singing Hills Memorial Park on August 11, 2023 at 11:45 am.