Carl Frank

1914 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Carl D. Frank

January 5, 1914 – December 27, 2013

Walla Walla native and former long-time resident Carl D. Frank passed away in Santa Barbara, California, on December 27, 2013, following a sudden illness, just nine days short of his 100th birthday. He was born on January 5, 1914, in Walla Walla to John David and Elizabeth Frank, recent German immigrants from the Volga region of Russia, and he was the first of his family to be born in the United States.

Carl and Katherine “Kaye” Zier were married on August 18, 1935, in Walla Walla, where they raised three children on a small farm on the outskirts of town.

The third of nine children and the eldest son, Carl quit school at age 14, shortly after his graduation from Lincoln School, to manage the family’s grocery business due to the illness of his father.

He later owned and operated a number of groceries, bakeries and meat markets in Walla Walla, Spokane and northern Idaho, and was elected President of the Associated Grocers of Washington State in 1956. Following a brief foray into the food distribution business in the mid-1960s, Carl and Kaye moved to Santa Barbara in 1967, where Carl joined his youngest brother Harold

Frank at Applied Magnetics Corporation in Goleta, California, where he worked until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 78 years, Katherine Frank of

Santa Barbara. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law,

Paul D. Frank and MaryAnn Frank; son-in-law, Neno J. Aiello;

grandchildren: Suzanne E. Baker, Diane M. Karr, David E. Frank,

Jon E. Frank, Robert D. Frank and Kathryn M. Frank; greatgrandchildren

Adam D. Ganser, Mollie R. Ganser, Ethan M. Baker

and Elisabeth K. Frank; brothers David D. Frank, John W. Frank

and Solomon Frank; sister Freda Wilhelm and numerous nieces

and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carlene

K. Aiello; his son Carl D. Frank, Jr.; grandson, John L. Frank; greatgranddaughter,

Emily J. Baker; sisters: Elizabeth Dalton, Mollie

Shiffman and Katherine Benzel; and brother, Harold R. Frank.

To his beloved family, he was the “patriarch” who kept all of

them in his thoughts and prayers. Those who knew him will miss

his unique sense of humor and the fascinating stories he told of the

adventures (and many misadventures) of his youth in Walla Walla.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Santa

Barbara. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11:00AM

on Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, at the Mountain View

Cemetery, 2120 S. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, followed by a reception

at the First Congregational Church of Walla Walla.

Family and friends may write memories and sign the online

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