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Norman Allen Kline, age 75, of Modesto, California entered into rest on June 16, 2018 in Escalon, California. A fourth generation farmer who owned and operated the family ranch established in 1895 in northeast Modesto, Norman learned farming like all children growing up in a farming family, working side by side with his father and grandfather. Growing up on the family ranch Norman was a prized 4H and FFA member bringing home multiple awards each year for his prized Jersey dairy cattle and hogs at both county and state fairs. Norman attended Bel Pasi School before it became Sylvan School and graduated from Downey High School in 1961. A graduate of Fresno State majoring in Horticulture and Viticulture in 1965.
After graduating from college he became a PCA; Norman never really cared for the term PCA and preferred to be known as an “agricultural production advisor” priding himself in helping other farmers obtain optimal quality and high production of their crops year in and year out. In addition to the family farm, Norman leased neighboring land to allow him to put his formal education as well as his firsthand experience to work. To continue his passion for educating farmers Norman always worked as a PCA assisting other farmers with their crops and was active in many committees such as: California Agriculture Production Consultants Associations, Cling Peach Advisory Board, California Cling Peach Association, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, California Almond Growers, Diamond Walnut Growers, Stanislaus County Agricultural Executive Committee, Community Alliance with Family Farms. Norman looked at his work as one of his hobbies; however he did enjoy traveling and learning about farming practices in other regions of the country and outside of the United States and volunteering and mentoring students active in 4H and FFA.
Norman is survived by his spouse, Brenda “BJ” Kline of Modesto; his children, Kurtiss Kline of Modesto, David Kline of Honolulu, Hawaii and Kara Trammell of Modesto; his step-children Gloria Medieros of Washington, Sam Turner of Modesto and Heather Babaian of Riverbank; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; his sister, Lynda (Rusty) Silva of Modesto and his niece, Michelle Silva of Riverbank. A celebration of Norman’s life will be held on Saturday, July 7 at Sylvan Improvement Club, 2545 Sylvan Avenue, Modesto at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer/Dementia Support Center, 700 McHenry Avenue, Suite B, Modesto, 95350.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

July 4, 2018