January 11, 2012

01 CN: Norman Klam Dies

Norman W. Klam, 66, Former North Pacific Union Treasurer, Passes
Served denominationally for 37 years


Former North Pacific Union Conference treasurer, Norman W. Klam, 66, passed away Sunday evening, January 1, 2012. He was surrounded by family members at the Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, where he had been a patient since suffering an auto accident on Monday, December 26, 2011.

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RETIRED TREASURER: Norman W. Klam, a retired treasurer of the North Pacific Union Conference who served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 37 years, passed away on Jan. 1, 2012. He was 66. [NPUC photo]

A Canadian by birth (and proud of it), Klam, an ordained pastor, 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,” a 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.”

He leaves his wife, Marlene; daughter, Cheri, a physician in Vancouver; son, Jeffrey, assistant treasurer for the Northern California Conference; and several grandchildren.