March 9, 1928 - Feb. 15, 2010
Gene Clayton Frank, born in Walla Walla on March 9, 1928, died peacefully on Feb. 15, 2010. Gene was the son of Alexander and Velma Frank, brother to Dick Frank, and devoted husband of 61 years to Jean (Benefiel) Frank.
Gene attended local elementary schools, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1946. His first employment was with his parents and brother in the Delishus Bake Shoppe on Second and Chestnut. Gene graduated from Whitman College with a BA in education in 1957, and a master's in education from Washington State College in 1961. His education career of 29 years included teaching at Prospect Point Elementary and Garrison Junior High, then serving as principal at Washington, Sharpstein and Berney Elementary Schools. Following his retirement, he served as a district secretary for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, retiring again in 1992. Gene was active with the Lake Wallula Elementary Principals' Association and a United Way chairman. He served as secretary of the Blue Mountain Basketball Officials Association and was also a basketball official for over 25 years. He served as president of the Walla Walla Rotary Club, and District Governor for Rotary from 1990-91, and served as president of the Walla Walla Country Club in 1999.
He enjoyed golf, spending time at the cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene with family and friends, and time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their diverse endeavors. Gene and Jean enjoyed many Rotary travels that took them to Canada, Japan, Europe, England, Scotland and Venezuela.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Velma, a brother Dick, and a great-grandchild, Caroline. He is survived by his wife, Jean, at home, daughter Karen Kelly (Terry) of Spokane, sons Wayne (Debbe) of Pasco, Steve (Lori) of Hauser, Idaho, David (Linda) of Spokane, grandchildren Kimberly, Joel, Alex, Carl, Josh, Gary, Tyler, Sam and Nicole, and great grandchildren Rylee, Taran, Jasmine and Heather.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Walla Walla Country Club. Memorial contributions may be made through Herring Funeral Home to Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club, Christian Aid Center, Walla Walla Columbia School Retirees Association scholarship fund, or a charity of your choice. A private inurnment for immediate family members will be held.