March 29, 1921 – Sept. 29, 2013
Norman (Dutch) Stillman Hoffman Jr., 92, died peacefully on Sept. 29, 2013, at his home in Lovell.
Dutch was born on March 29, 1921, in Kane to Norman Hoffman and Clara Bullard. He was the seventh of nine children. Dutch had many fond memories of his childhood and he enjoyed fishing with his father, breaking and riding horses with his brothers and going to school with his friends in a horse-drawn school bus driven by his mother. He had many occupations in his life including prospecting, farming and ranching, building airfields in Alaska, foreman at Lovell Clay, ditch-rider and owner of the Red Cliff Marina at Horseshoe Bend.
He married his wife Doris Mangus on Jan. 7, 1941. He described his young wife as being as beautiful as a movie star. He loved her dearly and together they worked hard to provide for their young family. Four children were born to this union, and Dutch and Doris also raised their niece Pat Mangus Proffit and nephews Doyle Mangus and Gerald Mangus.
He was a proud veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific Islands for 3½ years repairing airplanes. Dutch loved to hunt, prospect and coach baseball. He was active in the LDS Church and served in many callings. He loved attending the Billings Temple with Doris until their health prevented them from making the trip there. He was a friend to everyone, and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Dutch is survived by his wife of 72 years, Doris Mangus Hoffman; brother Gordon Hoffman of Ten Sleep; sons William Norman Hoffman (Sandy) of Fort Worth, Texas, John Evan Hoffman (Cheri) of Lovell and daughter Susan Moore of Cheyenne; 14 beloved grandchildren, Troy Hoffman, Trevor Hoffman, Tracee Hoffman, Wendy Files, Bridgette Sipple, Jennifer Fink, Marci Durtsche, Brian Hoffman, Laura Plaisted, Kevin Hoffman, Justin Hoffman, Bradly West, Cory West and Tiffany West-Bergt; 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Dutch was preceded in death by his parents; his son Noel Mangus Hoffman; nephews Doyle Mangus and Gerald Mangus; brothers Leo, Henry and Vernon and sisters Vesta, Vernus, Leona and Hazel.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the LDS Church in Lovell. Interment was at the Lovell Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.