Norman Cooley Wells, a diehard Ute who loved sports cars, Western movies and family trips to Yellowstone, passed away March 11, 2020, of cancer. He was 74.\r\n\r\n\tNorm was born April 2, 1945, in Salt Lake City, to Joseph Edward and Lola Taylor Wells. He attended Salt Lake City schools, received an associate degree in accounting from LDS Business College in 1975 and took advanced accounting, management and marketing classes at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and Long Island University in Greenville, N.Y. \r\n\r\n\tHe served in executive accounting positions for Kennecott Copper Corp., (1972-1983), Marriott and Co. and Mrs. Fields, Inc. in Utah, and Schweber Electronics in New York. He owned the accounting firm of Norman C. Wells & Association from 1990-2020 and was secretary of various irrigation companies for Sandy City for many years. Following a 24-year tenure as a fiscal analyst for Sandy City, he retired on January 16, 2019 - just 14 months prior to his death.\r\n\r\n\tNorm served in the United States Coast Guard, was an active member of the Jaycees and was on the board of several non-profit organizations.\r\n\r\n\tHe married JoAnn Jacobsen on Jan. 2, 1975, in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Jordan River Utah LDS Temple. The couple divorced in 2000, but remained friends, devoted to their sons, Taylor and Jordan, and grandsons, Hunter, Nolan and Evan. \r\n\r\n\tNorm was happiest when fishing, boating and camping with his beloved sons at Yellowstone, Bear Lake, and Lake Powell, watching Man from Snowy River and any John Wayne movie with his dogs, (Gizmo and Liam) sitting on his lap, making Grandpa Jacobsen’s minestrone soup, driving to Idaho or Wyoming with his sons to buy lottery tickets and attending University of Utah football and basketball games. His U. of U. license plate read: “DIEHARD,” and he was known to loudly criticize the coaches when they called the “wrong” plays. An avid traveler, Norm vacationed with family in Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. In addition to Utah, he lived and worked in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York.\r\n\r\n\tNorm was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Coleen Stockdale; brother, Jay Edward Wells. He is survived by his sons, Taylor Christian Wells, Sandy; Jordan Hunter Wells, North Salt Lake; grandsons, Hunter Orion Wells, Nolan Thomas Perry Wells and Evan Gene Wells, Woods Cross; siblings, Edward (Sharlene) Wells, Salt Lake City; Wilma (Brent) Thomas, LDS Mission, NYC; brother-in-law, Bud (Camille) Stockdale, Cottonwood Heights; many nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\n\tA graveside service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.. at Utah Veterans Memorial Park located at 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah. A “Celebration of Life” will be held when the coronavirus crisis subsides.\r\n\r\n\tHis sons express sincere gratitude to Norm’s primary care physician, U. of U. internist Barry Stults, M.D., and Huntsman Cancer Hospital physicians for the kind and thorough care they gave their Dad, and to Jenkins-Soffe for their professionalism.\r\n\r\n\t In lieu of flowers, Taylor and Jordan ask that donations be made in Norm’s name to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1235.