• April 26, 1923 - February 16, 2017
  • Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad — Norman (“Chick”) Dorion, 93, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at home.

He leaves his wife of 72 years, Barbara Dorion; his daughter, Cheryl Gross; his son, Richard Dorion; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many close friends. A son, Ronald Dorion, was previously deceased.

Norman was born on April 26, 1923, and raised in New York City, the son of Napoleon and Elizabeth Dorion. He settled in North San Diego County after World War II and lived there ever since.

Norman became part of the “Greatest Generation” by eagerly enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He trained first at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and then transferred to Camp Pendleton where he trained for deployment to the Pacific Theatre. During his arduous training to master stealth beach landings, Chick suffered an injury and was hospitalized at Camp Pendleton’s Naval Hospital where he met his future wife, Barbara. Chick received three U.S. Marine Corp medals for his war service.

Chick and Barbara married on October 27, 1944 and spent their early years in Oceanside, where they had their first born, Ron, and their daughter, Cheryl. After several years they moved to Escondido where Richard was born. Shortly thereafter, Chick moved his family to Cardiff where they remained until his retirement when they made their final move to Carlsbad.

Chick started his career after WWII at Bank of America by first working as a teller in neighborhood branches. Known for his quick mind for finance, outstanding customer relationships and effective management style, he received many promotions over his 38-year career, from operations officer to commercial loan officer to manager of increasingly larger branches. Chick became known among his peers as one of the best bankers at structuring complex commercial loans. Over the years he helped expand franchise-type businesses such as MacDonald’s and Baskin Robbins in downtown San Diego, attract new precision medical and dental manufacturing plants in Carlsbad, and finance start-up golf and sporting goods manufacturing businesses in Sorrento Valley.

In 1983 Chick retired so he could travel with his wife and spend time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed travel to Europe, Hawaii and across the continental United States but mostly enjoyed shorter trips to California’s central coast.

Chick was passionate about volunteering his time. He coached Little League and Pony League baseball teams, was a long-time member of St. John’s Holy Name Society and frequent officer of the Kiwanis Club, and he served on the boards of the Harbor Pointe Homeowners’ Association and numerous charitable organizations.

Baseball was Chick’s favorite sport. He loved the Yankees and was a big San Diego Padre fan. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing.

A visitation and Rosary service will be held on February 22 from 4 - 8 pm at El Camino Encinitas Encinitas Mortuary, 340 Melrose Avenue, Encinitas, CA. A funeral Mass will be held on February 23 at 11am at St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church, 1001 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA followed by burial services at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054