Ernest Frank Wall
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July 14, 1918 - February 13, 2013
Ernest Frank Wall, 94, of Pocatello, ID passed away on Wednesday February 13, 2013 of natural causes. He was born to Ernest and Hannah Wall in Evanston, WY on July 14, 1918.
Frank graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a BS degree in Mining Engineering and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy August 12, 1940 and received his commission as an officer in December. He served briefly on the carrier USS Yorktown as an Engineering Officer. After volunteering for submarine service, he made 7 war patrols on the USS Pompon. In 1945 he was promoted to Lt. Commander and was Commanding Officer of the training submarine USS S-40. Frank received a commendation ribbon "Submarine Combat with 3 stars". He married Mercedes M. Wall on August 11, 1942.
After the war, Frank took his family and moved East where he worked with several companies to improve mining processes and expand operations. In 1970, Frank and two partners launched E.F. Wall & Associates, a general contracting firm operating in the Central Vermont area.
In 1972, he and his wife divorced.
Frank belonged to the Associated General Contractors of Vt., Rotary Club, Central Vt. Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Vt. Assn.
In 1982, Frank married Nancy Menard and in 1984, following his retirement, the family moved to Punta Gorda, FL. Frank and his son Steve founded Wall Construction. Frank remained active in Rotary and in their church.
Frank was a lover of the outdoors, and in 1988 he went to Wyoming on an elk hunt. Walls eventually moved to Wyoming where he pursued his love of the outdoors, with hunting, overnight trail rides, and trips to cow camp in the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
He accompanied the local Fish & Game biologist on numerous annual winter mule deer mortality surveys and summer bighorn sheep surveys. He was awarded the Jackson /Pinedale Region Volunteer of the Year Award in 1998. He was a knowledgeable and articulate supporter of issues affecting Wyoming's wildlife.
After a health scare in 1996, Walls moved to Idaho, where he rediscovered his love for goose hunting, and continued to fish. He volunteered as a tutor and mentor with SEICAA,, enjoyed participating in monthly work parties at the church. Frank was a member of the USSVI
He is survived by his wife, Nancy D. Wall, Pocatello; sister, Mrs. Barbara Geiger, Portland, OR; step-daughter ,Teri McKay, Chubbuck, ID; sons, Steven E., North Port, FL; Jonathan R. (Anne), Ely, NV; Benjamin B. (Yvonne), Montpelier, VT; Graydon K. (Diane), Trophy Club, TX; 13 grandchildren and 21 great grand-children.
He was preceded in death by his stepson, Mark H. Menard, West Branch, IA.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, corner of 7th and Lewis, Pocatello, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the Memorial Service, with Military Rites by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. Services are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Feb. 19, 2013