Norman Clark SkinnerApril 29, 1936 ~ January 6, 2018 (age 81)
Norman Clark Skinner
Norman Clark Skinner, born April 29, 1936 in Payette, Idaho, passed away on January 6, 2018. He was 81 years old and is survived by his wife, Chrystine Skinner, his daughter, Carmen Greenleaf (Derrek), his son, Mark Skinner (Laura Emerizy), his daughter Lauren Hackett (Eric) and his brother, Dale Dean Skinner (of Severna Park, Maryland.) He has seven grandchildren: Aleksander Greenleaf, Oliver Greenleaf, Eliott Greenleaf, Jaden Hackett, Olivia Skinner, Reece Hackett and Porter Hackett, and he has two great-grandchildren: Ulysses Greenleaf and Adeana Greenleaf. Norman is preceded in death by his father, Dale Louis Skinner of Stillwater Oklahoma, and Leatha Mae Shepler of Golden City, Missouri.
In 1940, Norman’s family moved to Boise, Idaho, where he attended Whitney Elementary School, South Junior High School, and Boise High School. Norman spent four years in the United States Army, where he served in Goose Bay, Labrador shortly after the Korean War. He attended Boise Junior College (now Boise State). Norman spent a few years in Stockton, California, trying his hand at various odd jobs and pursuing his degree. Upon returning to Boise in the 60’s, he worked as a Systems Analyst for Albertson’s Corporation where he met his wife, Chrystine McNeill. Norm and Chrys were married March 12, 1971. For most of his life, Norman owned and operated Chow Now Drive Inn. Famous for its burgers and handmade onion rings, Chow Now was a fast food restaurant located on Broadway Avenue from 1971-2007.
A utilitarian renaissance man, Norman was a jack of all trades. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, nothing he wasn’t willing to try. He was funny, vibrant, and always seemed much younger than he really was. He loved skiing, and taught all of his children to have confidence on the slopes from a very young age. He designed and built his own cabin in Cascade, Idaho. He was a seasoned hunter and gardener. He loved dogs and owned some very well trained Labs and Samoyeds. Norm was an avid runner and ran numerous half marathons, most notably the Race to Robie Creek nearly a dozen times. He loved being on the water on his sailboat. Norm was a decorated marksman and enjoyed hunting and collecting guns. He spent countless nights in the kitchen of Bishop Kelly High School cooking prime rib or pasta for the Bishop Kelly Booster Club.
Norman loved his family very much and worked selflessly his entire life to support them. He loved spending time outdoors with his wife, children and grandchildren. He would surprise his family every few years with a revelation of a different job he’d had at some point in his life. Some of the interesting jobs Norm held include managing a movie theater, working at a potato chip factory, working for NASCAR, and dressing as Mr. Peanut when he worked for Planter’s Peanuts when was in high school.
Norman died from Alzheimer’s disease, and his family sadly witnessed him decline for the past six years. His funeral and reception will be held at 11am on Tuesday, January 16 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 7960 W. Northview St. in Boise. Norman’s military internment will be at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd. at 3pm on the same day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise.