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7/15/2017
Norman Melvin ‘Nick’ Farstad


Norman Melvin “Nick” Farstad, 86, died June 22, 2017, in Shoreline, Washington.

He was born July 30, 1930 in Ketchikan. After attending Main School, he attended Ketchikan High School, where he was involved in many activities such as the fire squad, intramural sports, the basketball team and the senior play. He graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1948.

He attended First Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.

In his early 20s, Mr. Farstad settled in the Ballard, Washington, area.

Mr. Farstad was a commercial fisherman and cook aboard the fishing vessel Alrita for 15 years, in addition to other fishing vessels.

He was a member of the Ballard First Lutheran Church, where he married Grete Torvik in May 1968. They resided in Richmond Beach, Washington, for 20 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway (Ballard), and the Elks Club of Lake City, Washington.

Mr. Farstad enjoyed all sports, mainly the Mariners and Seahawks. He looked forward to attending the Ketchikan Picnic in Edmonds, Washington, reuniting with longtime friends.

“Norman was a gentle spirit who took pride in his extended family, visiting Ketchikan often, especially during the holidays,” his family writes.

Mr. Farstad was preceded in death by his parents, Nickoli and Marie Farstad; brothers, Ronald and Lars Farstad; and daughter, Mona.

He is survived by his nieces, Linda (Paul) Transki, Ronda (Paul) Sallup, and Coreen Hadland; nephews, Lee Farstad, Arne (Barbara) Farstad and Nick (Shannon) Farstad; and many great-nieces and great-nephews and relatives in Vigra, Norway, and Alesund, Norway.

At his request, there will be no services.

Mr. Farstad’s remains will be cremated, and his ashes will be spread in Ketchikan.