Former Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan Norman Sommers died March 1, 2001, of cancer at his home in Eagle River. He was 81.
He was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Alberta, Canada. He came to Alaska in 1942 with the Army Corps of Engineers. He married Ruth Hedman in 1946 and they lived in Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage and Big Lake. He was a business owner and general contractor and built many facilities, including hotels, churches, condominiums and buildings in the state. He built the Hilton Hotel in Juneau, now the Goldbelt Hotel.
He was an avid outdoorsman and a devout Christian, and was active in many national and statewide Christian organizations.
Services were held Saturday in Anchorage.