Norman E. Hecimovich

December 12, 1934 – February 18, 2018

Norman E. Hecimovich, adopted Austin as his own, giving much service to his city, state and country. As true leader, he would encourage others to give of themselves and make a commitment to do it right.

Norm was a principal in Austin for 27 years, beginning in 1969 at the former Lincoln School, then heading up Webster, Gerard, Woodson, Shaw and Sumner Schools. He received the Distinguished Principal Award from the Minnesota Principal Association in 1990 and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Minnesota Association of Federal Administrators in 1994 and the Federal Outstanding Leadership Award from the U.S. Federal Education Program in 1995.

Hecimovich served in the United States Army, in active duty and with the Reserves from 1952 until he retired in 1994. He served in the Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. He holds over 25 separate meritorious awards and awards for valor from the United States Military. Under his leadership and dedication, the Mower County Veterans Memorial expanded to include the Walk of Remembrance, adding over a thousand pavers resulting in over $250,000 of enhancements to the Memorial. Norm was a past commander of the American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans and served on the color guards for both the VFW and DAV. Norm spent numerous hours helping local veterans and educating young people about patriotism, citizenship and the importance of honoring men and women in uniform.

From 2005- 2008, Norm served on the Austin City Council representing the Third Ward. He was actively involved with the Austin Port Authority, the Austin Planning Commission, the Austin HRA Board, the Family Connections Board, the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce along with numerous ad hoc committees that worked to improve the city of Austin. 

Upon being designated Grand Marshall of the Independence Day Parade in 2008, Norm said the following:  “We are a new country, and it’s so important that we leave a legacy for future generations. We need to carry on. This country will only survive when people take responsibility of their country and its people to make it a better place to live and to remain an independent country with all the freedoms we have to enjoy.” Norm was a true patriot and supporter of the community – so generous with his time and always giving back to our community.

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