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Norman D. Frink

April 22, 1941 - July 24, 2021

Norman D FrinkNorman D FrinkNorman D. Frink passed away, at the age of 80, on July 24, 2021 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was raised in Perrydale, Oregon, where he met his wife of 59 years, JoAnn Dart.  Norman served for four years as a radar man in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1962.  He married JoAnn on August 11, 1962.  He completed his masters degree in audiology at the Oregon College of Education in 1968.  He served as an audiologist for the State of Oregon Health Division, testing children in schools, until 1982, when he left to found Salem Audiology Clinic with his wife JoAnn.  Over the next three decades, he was very active in the audiology community, helping to grow his practice and to help found the Oregon Academy of Audiology.  His focus on audiology was to help his community to hear better. 

Norman retired from Salem Audiology Clinic in 2006, and spent much of his free time travelling throughout the United States and Europe with his wife, JoAnn.  Norman was known for his love of books, and was frequently seen browsing in various new and used book stores along the Oregon coast, where he spent a lot of his free time at a second home in Pacific City.  Norm enjoyed many weekend retreats at their beach house with his kids and grandkids, sledding the dunes, and building sandcastles. He became very active in the Salem Kiwanis club, heading up their children’s book distribution program, which by 2013 had helped to distribute more than 42,800 books to about 8,573 kids at 95 local schools and head start programs.

In 2015, Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  He remained active, however, until his passing on July 24, 2021.  Everything Norman did in his life he did in the spirit of service – for his family, his country, and his community.

Norman was preceded in death by his father, Milton Frink; mother, Luzelle Frink; and son, David Frink.  Norman is survived by his wife, JoAnn, daughter Lesli Hiller (Steve), son Scot Frink (Lynise); seven grandchildren (Catherine Frink, Christopher Frink, Allyson Hiller-Waite (Dereck), Joe Hiller (Shelby), Andrew Frink, Cassandra Frink, Michael Hiller); one great grandson, Clark Hiller.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 15th, 2021 at 2 pm.  For those that can’t attend in person or who are concerned about Covid-19, the service will be live streamed and accessible on the Westminster website (  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salem Kiwanis Club Children’s Book Program.

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When I worked at US Bank in South Salem, I helped Norm many times over the years. He was always such a soft spoken Gentleman and it was always my pleasure to assist him. My condolences to you, Mrs. Frink and to your family.

We are so sad to learn about Norman Frink's passing.  Norm and JoAnn were our next door neighbors when they lived on Hayden Street in Salem.  Just the nicest people and a real credit to our community.  Our condolences to JoAnn and the entire Frink family.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Frink Family during this time. I was one of many recipients of receiving a hearing aid device from Salem Audiology Clinic back in the 2nd grade and another in middle school with Norm Frink, fitting me with an ear mold. I will always remember his response when he asked me what my favorite part of getting a new hearing aid was. He chuckled when I responded, "getting fitted with the ear mold, it's cold" I will always cherish those little moments like that and when I think of Salem Audiology Clinic, Norm comes to mind. 

Scott, Lynise and family:
I was very sorry to read about the loss of your father. He was a very successful man and I am
sure he must have been very proud of you. I hope that you find comfort in your memories of your 
time together.