Clyde Franklin "Frank" Shoemaker |
Clyde Franklin "Frank" Shoemaker died Oct. 18, 2012 at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett of leukemia-related pneumonia. He was 70.
Frank was born August 6, 1942 to Dorothy F. Shoemaker in Seattle and grew up in the housing projects of Yesler Terrace and Holly Park. He attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Meany Jr. High and Cleveland High School. Frank earned a football scholarship to Central Wash. University, but left to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Private First Class and the Marine Reserves. Later he returned to Central on the GI Bill with a renewed dedication to school and eventually earned a Master's degree in English Literature from Southern Oregon University.
He was a highly regarded high school English teacher who worked in British Columbia, Oregon, American Samoa, Alaska, Micronesia and Arlington, Wash. before retiring in 2004. In 1987, he was honored at the White House as a National Merit Top 100 Teacher.
Frank married Katharine A. Black on September 2, 1966 in Seattle and was together with Kathy until 2002. Their divorce was amicable and they remained friends.
In addition to his former wife, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lee and Allan Culverwell, and their sons, Reed and Andy, of Carnation, Wash., by his daughter, Leslie Shoemaker, of Bellingham, Wash., a granddaughter, Morgan Maloney of Amarillo, Texas and his half-sister, Charlene Shoemaker of Ephrata. Frank was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy who passed away in 1978.
Frank's talents were many: writing, photography, ocean kayaking, birding and spending time with his two grandsons and many good friends. Frank was an honorary member of numerous families - the McCallisters of Blaine, Wash, the Homans of Nevada City, California and the Chambers of Lake Forest Park. Many will mourn the loss of this brilliant, kind and courageous man.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Frank's favorite charities, First Place School P.O. Box #22536, Seattle, WA 98122 or The Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, 2012