Frank Michael Durbin (April 2, 1939 - August 9, 2014)

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Frank Michael Durbin, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away August 9, 2014.

He was born April 2, 1939, to Elizabeth (Hilda) and Frank Harold Durbin in Seattle, Washington, and was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska.

After graduating from Ketchikan High School in 1957, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a corporal, during which time he witnessed multiple atomic detonations in the South Pacific aboard the USS Princeton, where he was deployed as a member of the Marine Helicopter Squadron.

In 1965, following honorable discharge from the military, Frank attended East Los Angeles College, graduating cum laude in 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Science in administrative science from Pepperdine University in 1973.

After working as a computer systems programmer/analyst and IT manager, he formed his own company, FMD & Associates Inc. He and his company fulfilled contracts in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, India, Singapore, South Africa and numerous places in the U.S.

In the 1980s, he also served as a senior university extension teacher in computer systems programming at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Frank was a proud member of Mensa since 1974, the National Association of Atomic Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the American Legion and a founding member of the Northwest chapter of the Victorian Society in America, where he also served as treasurer.

He loved travel but above all enjoyed computing, seeking challenges on every technology front even after retiring from the industry. Self-taught in Web design, he developed sites for multiple organizations and for individuals in Port Townsend, finding great satisfaction in helping others with technology issues.

Frank had lived in Port Townsend with his parents as a very young child, and his desire to return to the Northwest brought him back to the area he loved after retirement. He fulfilled his lifelong love of the sea by sailing aboard his sailboat, Cinnamon Teal, with his wife, often taking family and many friends for afternoons on the water.

With a smile that lit up a room, Frank was charismatic and much-loved for his great sense of humor. He was a terrific father and took great pride in his children, supporting them through every step of their lives.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 29 years, Pat; four children, Frank Robert Durbin, Michael Patrick Durbin, Michele Copen and Judith Anne Bennett; two grandchildren, Bexley and Savannah Scarpitta; and one great-grandchild, Ethan David Bolt.

He also is survived by three stepchildren, David Francis Teresi, Donald Richard Teresi and Elisabeth Ann Firestone; and four stepgrandchildren, Kevin Kazuki and Mitchell Giovanni Teresi, and Sebastian Alexander and Sierra Lauren Basquez.

The family would like to thank all those who have sent flowers and cards, brought meals and in so very many ways supported the family through this difficult time.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Elks Club, 555 Otto Street, Port Townsend.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) are welcome.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 24, 2014
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