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Norman Jarnes

Norman Peter Jarnes, son of Peter Conrad and Lauretta Wilcox Jarnes, was born on October 12, 1945, in Bemidji, Minnesota, the first of two children. He died March 16, 2022, in Fallbrook, California, at the age of 76.

Portrait of Norman Jarnes

In 1953, Norman moved from Minnesota with his family when his father was hired to teach religion at Union College, a church-affiliated liberal arts college in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1967, Norman graduated with honors from Union College with a B.A. in religion, minors in history and secondary education, and minor equivalents in Biblical Greek and music. He was concertmaster of the Union College Orchestra and senior class president.

After completing alternative service in the Philippines, he began a lifelong career in publishing and editing, first with lay theologian Robert Brinsmead and then in association with Dr. Jack Zwemer. Norman was the publishing editor of Verdict in the 1970s, a magazine that was widely read by Protestant clergy. At the time of his death, he was publishing editor, president and CEO of Worldview Publications, which produces the online journal Outlook.

His marriage to Barbara Heinselman in 1970 brought them three daughters and four grandchildren. In 1985, Norman and Barbara established HomeLife Corporation, providing professional house cleaning services for North San Diego County. Their business later added as co-owners their daughter Grace and Chris Mathewson, her husband.

Norman’s spiritual journey led him away from the religious dogma found in many churches but toward an even stronger faith in “the Risen One.” In his final days, his inclusive view of God’s acceptance pervaded his conversations with family and hospital staff. He told one of the doctors that he was not disturbed by his prognosis and quoted John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though they die.” He went on to say that this would include more people than one might imagine — even people who never thought they would be included. “If God can forgive those who murdered him…” he said, and his voice trailed off — but the message was clear.

Norman is remembered for his generous spirit and belief in a relational humanity that sees all “others” with love, moving in faith toward a future that includes, rather than excludes. His love was visible in respect and kindness toward everyone, no matter who they might be.

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