Frank Troxel |
Frank Troxel passed away in his home in Lafayette on Saturday, August 12th at the age of 81. He was in the comfort of his wife Mary, and also his son and daughter, Gary Troxel and Karen Massetani who loved him and cared for him through his health challenged years. He dearly loved his grandsons, Nicholas Massetani, Mitchel Massetani, Ryan Troxel and Tyler Troxel. He enjoyed sharing stories of his accomplishments, experiences and beliefs, always looking for spirited conversation. He was fortunate to see his grandsons go to college and become young men which he was so proud of.
Frank was born in Orange Texas, February 7 1932. He graduated from University of San Francisco, in 1958, B.S. Degree (majored in Business Management and Economics). Frank served in the Coast Guard in San Francisco and then started his life long career in the Maritime industry. He worked for Matson from 1958 to 1969. He started at the bottom and worked his way through many areas of freight and ocean transportation. He was a member of a container team which implemented the first container system in the Pacific, end of 1958. He was Hawaii Marketing Manager for Matson from 1964 to 1969. He attended Harvard Advanced Management program in Hawaii, 1968. He joined Seatrain in 1969 as director of Marketing then Vice President in charge of implementing Seatrain Pacific Container Services. In May, 1970 at the age of 38, Frank was promoted to President, the youngest president in the Maritime history at that time. As President he implemented an innovative approach with the first land-bridge transportation system connecting ocean containerization with railcar to fast track goods from Asia to other markets. He then worked for United States Lines as Vice President of the Far East Division which brought him to Asia. He lived in Japan and Hong Kong and traveled extensively thorough out the Far East. Both Frank and Mary enjoyed the Asian cultures and experiences prior to returning to the San Francisco bay area which he loved. Some other companies he worked for included Director of Medafrica, and Vice President of Strachan. As a side interest he developed real-estate in Lafayette and resided there for the remainder of his life.
Frank enjoyed a good party, especially with friends and family. He had the innate ability to engage each and every guest, making them feel special. He mastered the art of conversation. Frank lived a full life, was an accomplished business man and lived on his own terms. He had the heart of a fighter, and never complained about any physical ailments even to the end.
Frank is survived by his wife Mary Troxel, his son Gary Troxel and daughter-in-law Kelly Troxel, his daughter Karen Massetani and son-in-law Gary Massetani, his four grandsons Nicolas Massetani, Ryan Troxel, Mitchel Massetani, and Tyler Troxel, and his sister Evelyn Elmore, and two nieces Dannea Aronsen and Betty and her husband Ken Jensen and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Theodorelos.
Frank did not like or attend funeral services/celebrations, so in that spirit his service only included immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Northgate Christian Fellowship, 2201 Lake Herman Road, Benicia, Ca 94510
"I did it my way"
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2013