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Norman Bugg, the man behind ‘Christmas house,’ dies at 89

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Norman Bugg, the man known for transforming his Northeast Heights home into a spectacular Christmas display each winter, died Sunday at age 89.

For over 30 years, Bugg and his wife, Joyce, decorated their home with hundreds of thousands of lights, and dozens of whimsical scenes featuring animated characters, according to a news release compiled by family members. The Bugg house drew thousands of visitors and garnered national attention.

After a lawsuit filed by neighbors and the city, the display was moved to Budaghers, then the Menaul School, and finally the Harvey House museum in Belen.

Bugg was born March 17, 1929, in Canton, Ohio, and he served for 28 years in the Navy, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 1975 after two tours in Vietnam and service in the Korean War. Bugg is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.