Galen R. Norquist ’50 died at the Idaho Elk’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 84. Galen was born June 2, 1926 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Roy H. and Golda P. (Sullivan) Norquist. He attended Park Grade School and North Junior High School in Boise, and was graduated from Boise High School in 1944. He attended and was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950. Galen served two years in the US Army Air Corps as an Athletic Instructor during WWII, in Florida and at Headquarters 20th Air Force on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. In 1946 he was recruited by the New York Yankees Baseball Club and was offered a professional baseball contract or a four year athletic scholarship at a selected university of his choice. He was a four-year varsity letterman on the Santa Clara University Baseball team in the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He played two years of summer baseball during college for the nationally recognized Bellingham, Wash., semi-pro baseball team, in the Northwest League. Following graduation he signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast league and played one season of professional baseball. He married Jean Cora Travenshek in Bellingham, Wash., on June 25, 1949. In 1951 he joined his father at Western Steel Mfg. Co., Boise, Idaho. The company fabricated and supplied the structural steel components for many major industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, Northern Nevada and Northern California. He served as President and General Manager until semi-retirement in 1993. Galen was a member and served as president and director of the Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Assn., member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, an Associate member of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, a former member of the Boise Junior Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce. He served 19 years on the Idaho State Selective Service Appeals Board. Galen also belonged to the Boise Rotary Club, The Boise Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #60, Scottish Rite Bodies, El Korah Shrine and the American Legion. He coached Boise American Legion Baseball, Boise Little League Baseball and was the playing director and coached Boise Boys Baseball. He was on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Golf Angels and coached Hillcrest Grade School Basketball. He was a member and served on the Board of the Boise State Bronco Athletic Association and was a Boise State Football and Pavilion lifetime member. Galen also belonged to the Hillcrest Country Club, the Arid Club and the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies. He enjoyed all sports, both as a participant and as a spectator, and especially enjoyed watching his two granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, participate in their numerous athletic activities. After retirement he and his wife Jean spent winters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and their summers in McCall, Idaho. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 61 years; daughter Kelli and husband, Derek Brummett, of Sacramento, Calif.; son Stephen and wife, Diane, and cherished granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, all of Boise. 

08 Nov 2018