88, died peacefully on June 20, 2014 after living a full and adventurous life. Frank was born in the Sierras on August 21, 1925 and grew up in southern California. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in animal husbandry after serving in the Naval Air Corp in the Pacific during World War II. Frank married Wanda Homan in 1951 and they moved to Susanville to begin teaching careers. In 1957 he moved his young family to San Luis Obispo, where he began a 31 year career as a professor at Cal Poly in the Agriculture Department specializing in beef cattle. Whether on horseback, in a lecture hall or out in the field, Frank was easy to spot in his narrow-brimmed Resistol and Wranglers that struggled to stay up on Frank's flat anatomy. In addition to teaching, Frank revamped the Bull Test Program and was a driving force behind the university's Beef Cattle Evaluation Center. Frank enjoyed gardening, camping, everything cowboy, fishing, traveling and woodworking. Frank and Wanda, his wife of 62 years, moved to Sonoma County in 2001 to be closer to their family, which includes children Michelle (Bob Johnson), Melissa (Craig Kennedy), Mindy (Jay Gavron), Matt (Sue Gruber) and his grandchildren Caity, Bailey, Emily, Kyle, Jack, Henry and Cooper. To honor Frank's memory, hold your family close, grill a steak, help someone in need and spend time with an elder. If you'd like, donations may be made to hospice or
. The family thanks everyone who cared for Frank during his last months. A celebration of Frank's life will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 10 in Healdsburg. Join us for stories, pictures and berry pie. For information, please email: email@example.com
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 18 to July 21, 2014