Yee, Norman Joe


Yee, Norman

Norman Joe Yee, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, died peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 60 in Plano, Texas on December 18, 2014 of pancreatic cancer.

Norman, the fourth of six children was born April 14, 1954, in Wichita, Kansas. He was raised in Denver, Colorado, loved growing up near the mountains, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance. On June 17, 1979, he married Julie Anne Combs, and their marriage was blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Tracy.

Norman’s career began at Mobil Oil where he started as a pipeline engineer in 1980 in Dallas, Texas. Norman’s career progression took him through assignments in Dallas, Harrisburg PA, Beaumont TX, Los Angeles, and Houston with ever increasing levels of responsibility including technical, commercial, and management assignments. Among Norman’s many significant accomplishments during his Mobil career was his key role in a substantial organizational re­design merging several Mobil downstream business lines into one organization as a precursor to the eventual merger with Exxon.

In 2000, after Mobil merged and became ExxonMobil, Norman successfully developed and executed several large, multi-million dollar projects for the corporation. Through his work, he became a well-respected and industry-wide recognized subject matter expert developing pipeline design standards and practices still in use by the industry today. Additionally, Norman was often called upon for his pipeline expertise in litigation matters. Often thought of as quiet, Norman had quite a playful and mischievous sense of humor as noted by his colleagues and friends. He relished his role as a mentor to the younger engineers and his legacy at ExxonMobil will endure. Norman’s took his family from coast to coast before finally settling in Plano, Texas. After 34 years of being a pipeline engineer, he retired in December, 2013.

Norman enjoyed spending time with his family. On the weekends, you would often find Norman in the garage maintaining the family cars; you could tell it was a hobby of his as he always acquired the auto repair manual for each car he purchased. When he wasn’t working on the family cars, he could often be found helping friends with their own repair issues. Norman could handle most anything when it came to car repairs, which is why he loved watching NASCAR and Formula 1 races. When he did get a chance to relax inside, he loved watching spectator sports.

Norman is preceded in death by his father, Joe Yee. Survivors include his loving wife of 35 years, Julie, and two children, Jeffrey and Tracy. He is also survived by his mother, Choy Wan Yee and siblings Evan (Joyce) Ma, Don (Shirley) Yee, Raymond (Barbara) Yee, Ada (Michael) Brogan and Thomas (Irene) Yee.

As Norman’s request, there will be no memorial service; but a celebration of Norman’s life will be held in Denver, Colorado for family members. In Norman’s memory, donations can be made to or your favorite charity.

11 replies on “Yee, Norman Joe”

Michelle Kane says:

Charley and I will miss Norm’s kindness and his willingness to always want to help. We so enjoyed his company whenever he would come for dinner. He was an amazing friend and we will always have him in our hearts and souls. His beautiful spirit will stay alive in our hearts. Thank you Norm for enriching our lives. Blessings to Julie, Jeff and Tracy and Norm’s mom and family. We love you- Charley and Michelle

Jennifer Ridenour says:

Norman’s sister Ada is a dear friend of mine. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to all of her beloved brother’s loved ones.

Jennifer Ridenour
Casper, WY

Kim Adams says:

What a lovely obituary. And a really nice picture of Norman. Richard and I are so saddened by his passing. What a great guy. We feel lucky to have known him.
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Yee Family.

Circenis family says:

A brilliant soulful man completed with a wonderful family. Our thoughts are with you and pray that loving memories guide you. Love – Ivars, Diane and Kristofers

Bob Keehn says:

I wish to express my sincere sadness at hearing of Norman’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him on the few occassions we crossed paths, he being an engineer and me an accountant. Like others have said, he was so easy to talk with and always punctuated his points with that knowing smile and twinkle in his eye. I was surprised to learn that Norman and I had crossed some same paths, both of us from Wichita and I arriving 1979 in Dallas, the same year he and Julie were married. The 80’s were some great years at Mobil Pipe Line Co. We all learned alot during that period. I wish peace of heart to all of Norman’s family during this period of grieving and the comfort of knowing he had an impact on many far and wide.

Bob Keehn
MPLCo. 1977-2000

barbara yee says:

Our hearts ache knowing how much we will miss our dear Norman.

Leslie Fangue says:

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I feel honored to have called Norman a coworker, and more importantly – a friend. He will always hold a special place in my heart and will be greatly missed by many!

Ron & Vicki Parr says:

We are so sad to lose Norman. We have enjoyed being your neighbors over the past 20 years. We could always depend on Norm to give a helping hand and/or advice when we needed repairs. Our thoughts and prayers are with Julie, Jeffrey and Tracy.

Pat and Mary Abshire says:

A wonderful friend who will be missed by many! Norman touched so many lives his short time here, with his unconditional support whether working with him or your personal needs. Norman always had a helping hand for everyone. We will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time. We know that Norman is in a better place and no longer suffering.

Jerry and Beth Ibara says:

We will always remember Norm as a kind, generous and thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. Working with him for close to 10 years was both a privilege and a pleasure. Godspeed Norm.

The Ostranders - Karen, Rick, Whitney, Allie, Chris says:

Julie, Jeffrey, and Tracy,
It is difficult to find the words and come to terms with the loss of Norm. We have known you all for 20+ years and you all are like family to us. Norm was so gifted in his ability to build and repair just about anything. One of our fondest memories was when I called Norm to help me build some furniture I was having trouble with only to find out from him that I put the pieces together wrong, hence the problem. Norm went home and came back with his own tools, and built the entire furniture set for our family room. Norm was incredibly talented and we will miss him. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Karen

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