Former North Pacific Union Conference treasurer, Norman W. Klam, passed away Sunday evening, January 1, 2012. He was 66. Klam died, surrounded by family, at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, where he had been a patient since suffering an auto accident on Monday, December 26. He leaves his wife, Marlene; daughter, Cheri, a physician in Vancouver; son, Jeffrey, assistant treasurer for the Northern Calfornia Conference; and several grandchildren.
Canadian by birth (and proud of it), Klam graduated from Walla Walla College in 1968. He began his work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church as assistant auditor for the Canadian Union Conference in 1971. In 1976, he took over the treasurer position for the Alberta Conference, moving to the same role for the Canadian Union Conference in 1981.
Klam joined the Oregon Conference as treasurer in 1986, moving to a similar position for the Lake Union Conference in 1992, where he led the treasury for 10 years.
Klam moved back to the Northwest in 2002 as North Pacific Union Conference treasurer, working in that capacity until 2008.
Throughout his long career in church financial leadership, Klam served on numerous health system and university boards. He was instrumental in developing Beyond the Bottom Line, the highly successful training seminar for church financial workers and leaders.
“Norm was a great friend and mentor to so many of our church workers,” says Mark Remboldt, NPUC treasurer. “He was a special presence and will be greatly missed by his church family throughout the North American Division and around the world.”
A memorial service for Norm Klam has been scheduled for Sabbath, January 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11001 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604. The service will be followed by a reception in the church’s fellowship hall. Messages and cards for Norm's wife, Marlene, son, Jeff, and daughter, Cheri Oellrich, can be sent to the Meadow Glade Church Office at the address above.
- from Steven Vistaunet
North Pacific Union Conference
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