Norman "Pawpaw" Luker, 79, of Lubbock, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 1, 2022. He was born on November 28, 1942, in Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas, to the late Walter Henry Luker and Lydia Adelia (Kaatz) Luker.
He met Suze Gregory, the love of his life, and they were married on May 9, 1965, in Wilson, Texas.
Norman attended Lubbock Cooper High School, graduating in 1963. He entered the United States Marines Corps, serving his country, and was honorably discharged on June 28, 1968. Norman entered the field of law enforcement after his military service, and taught law enforcement through the South Plains Association of Government (SPAG). Norman served with the Texas Department of Public Service as a DPS officer in the Amarillo and Crosbyton areas from 1969 to 1985. In 1985, he became the Chief of Police in Crosbyton, serving Crosbyton until 1991. Following his law enforcement career in Crosbyton, he was a Deputy Sheriff with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office from 1991 until his retirement in December of 2013. In 2005, Norman was awarded the certification of Master Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Norman loved photography, woodworking, gardening and travel. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crosbyton.
Those left to cherish Norman's memory include his wife, Suze; one son, Chris Luker and his wife Norma of Buffalo Springs Lake; two brothers, Lawrence Luker and his wife Kay, Ernest Luker and his wife Melody, both of Houston; two sisters, Carolyn Klaus and her husband Donald of Wilson and Margaret Streicher and her husband Gary of Plano; 4 grandchildren, L. J. Soler, Audrianna George, Devin Adams and Arriana George; 3 great-grandchildren, Chloe Soler, Rhyder Adams and Fallon Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Dolores Drew, and one son, Keith Wade Luker on May 23, 1968.
Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the Buffalo Springs Community Church, 7777 High Meadow Road, Lubbock, TX, with Jack Thompson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Norman's memory be made to the Buffalo Springs Community Church, 7777 High Meadow Road, Lubbock, TX 79404.