Frank Elmer Pearson, 4th generation Lodi resident, passed away peacefully in the early hours of July 5, 2013, at the age of 94. Frank was born February 9, 1919, on the kitchen table of the Pearson family home, being the first child of William and Ruby Pearson of Lodi. His family resided next to Mickie's Grove (at that time not a park) on Armstrong and Pearson Roads Frank graduated from Lodi High School in 1937, and attended Davis University. He did not complete his college studies due to illness coming home to recover and then in 1938 married Theda Shoemaker of Lodi. Frank is preceded in death by his wife Theda, his brothers Clyde and Louis, and his sister Willma. He is survived by his four children, Sonja Oram of Warner Robins, GA; Forrest Pearson of Scio, OR; Karen Kalush of Lodi, CA; and Phillip Pearson of Yuma, AZ; as well as, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. As a young man Frank worked in agriculture in Lodi but he left Lodi with his brother Clyde to work at Lockheed in Burbank, CA, building P-38 Fighters. In 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed and he left to join the Marines. He boarded a ship in San Diego, CA, on Christmas Day, and headed for the South Pacific. He went in with the invasion forces at Guadalcanal, and also fought on Okinawa, and on Guam. He returned to Lodi at the end of the WWII
and entered the Highway Patrol Academy. He served as a CHP officer out of Sunnyvale, CA, and then transferred to Stockton, CA, from where he retired. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge in Galt later absorbed by Woodbridge, and took the role of teacher of the Masonic work which was all conducted from memory. After retiring from the CHP Frank went to work at Sharp's Army Depot doing sheet-metal work on helicopters for Vietnam. In the early 70's, he volunteered to go to Vietnam to retrofit helicopter exhaust systems to prevent heat seeking missiles from shooting them down. In between all of this he raised a family and taught us to respect other people and to listen and learn from those of our elders who had much knowledge of this country. He also expected us to work hard every day, and to be an honest and upright member of our community. After he returned from Vietnam, he remodeled the third floor of our home in Lodi. He also began work on his family genealogy. He traveled across the country with his wife, meeting relatives and finding data in order to complete his book "Just A Few Pearsons" which was printed and cataloged into the US Library of Congress. In late June he stated he had finished his life's work and was ready for his rest. He was at peace with what he had accomplished and satisfied that he had done just about everything he intended. He decided he would like to leave this earth on the 4th of July, finding that a good day for an American to make his exit. Dad loved this country and served it well. He enjoyed his last fireworks display the evening of July 4th and left his earthly bonds at 3:45 A.M. July 5th, 2013. He was a good man who worked hard every day, provided for and raised a family and led a good life. He will be missed.
Visitation at Donahue Funeral Home, 123 N School Street, Friday July 12, from 9am until 5pm.
Funeral Services at Woodbridge Masonic Lodge, 1040 Augusta St., Woodbridge: Sat. July 13 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: "Shriners Childrens Hospital", www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
or "Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation", www.lmhfoundation.org