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Frank Dee Rabourn


1929 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Frank Dee Rabourn Obituary
Frank Dee Rabourn
Nov. 21, 1929 - Nov. 13, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Frank was a devout Christian throughout his life and passed into the arms of his savior, Lord Jesus Christ on November 13, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family: Joyce Rabourn, his wife of forty-three years, and his children- Karin Moscato, Michael Rabourn, Lise Lucas, Frank M. Rabourn, Dianne Rabourn, Nancy (Tina) Serfozo, and Jess B. Rabourn.
He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma. His family was his first love, followed by flying his aerobatic airplane and scuba diving throughout the world. Frank also enjoyed hunting and had a rule that anything that was shot must be eaten. Once one of his young sons pridefully shot a crow on a telephone line from an impressive distance. Frank forced him to clean, cook, and eat his crow.
Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the post World War II occupation of Germany. He then graduated in Physics from the University of Oklahoma and from Santa Clara University with an MBA. His career took him to Tinker Air Force Base, North American Aviation, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lockheed Martin.
He leaves nine grandchildren: Sean Rabourn, Wayne Kearns, Michael Kearns, Douglas Kearns, Ethan Kearns, Caroline Rabourn, Donald Lucas III (Luke), Madeline Lucas, and Cole Lucas. He is also survived by siblings Ira Rabourn, Nan Conway and Jess C. Rabourn.
The family thanks Frank's exceptional caregiver, Shanna Gans.
Frank was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, in late 2008. He was the inspiration for The ALS Emergency Treatment Fund, one of the few organizations focused on immediate treatment options. Donations made in Frank's honor can be made at www.ALSETF.org
A celebration of Frank's life will take place Sunday, November 24 with visitation at 10:00am and funeral service at 11:00am at Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, followed by a short graveside service with military honors at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose and a reception.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 21, 2013
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