GROW, Frank Leroy
Frank Leroy Grow, a longtime resident of Carmichael, passed away peacefully on May 7 at Kaiser Medical Center - Sacramento. He was 92.
Frank was born in January 1922 on his family's fruit farm in southwest Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, graduating in 1943. It was there he met Marcia Ann Nichols, whom he married in 1944. The couple was married for 58 years, until Marcia's passing in 2002.
In 1944, Frank joined the Army Air Corps, starting a career with the Air Force that lasted 32 years. He rose quickly through the military and civilian ranks to become an executive-level logistics manager, receiving many awards for his service. The family traveled to assignments at Wright-Patterson AFB (Ohio), Wiesbaden Army Airfield (Germany), and for 18 years - McClellan AFB in Sacramento. After retirement from the Air Force in 1976, Frank managed the development of several subdivisions around Sacramento for his longtime friend, Enlow Ose.
Frank and Marcia had four sons: William in 1945, Robert in 1947, Hadley in 1952 and Andrew in 1959. For many years they lived at the east end of Arden Way in Carmichael, where Frank loved to take long walks down along the American River. In 1977 Frank and Marcia moved to Rancho Murieta, where Frank pursued his love of golf and enjoyed being a grandfather. After Marcia's death, he moved to Eskaton Village in Carmichael, where he spent the next ten years making many good friends.
Frank loved to sing, seizing any opportunity to show off his clear tenor voice. He also enjoyed playing bridge and reading. In their retirement years Frank and Marcia traveled extensively, often through Elderhostel. They were also frequent volunteers at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes. The two belonged to Fremont Presbyterian Church for many years. Frank served as Fremont's Clerk of Session for eight years, and was instrumental in the construction of Fremont's sanctuary at H Street and Carlson Drive.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia, his brother Verge, and a sister, Eva Rose. Along with his sons and daughters-in-law, he loved spending time with his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Frank will be remembered as a man of quiet wisdom and integrity, and for his dedicated service to his country, church and community. Most of all, he will be remembered for the love he gave his family, who will miss him very much.
A memorial service will be held at The Eskaton Village on Walnut Avenue in Carmichael on Friday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Eskaton Foundation.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 18, 2014