Arrington, Frank A True Gentleman SAN DIEGO -- Frank Arrington, prominent San Diego philanthropist, died Sunday, September 8, 2013. He was 71 years old. Frank was born in Midland, Texas on November 17, 1941. His family moved to San Diego when his parents went to work at Consolidated Aircraft Company during World War II
. Frank attended Mt. Miguel High School and went on to receive his Economics degree in 1964 from San Diego State University. Upon graduation, Frank, along with some of his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers started a mortgage banking firm which eventually became the GMAC Mortgage operation in San Diego. Along with his wife Linnea, he founded San Diego Funding, a family owned mortgage firm in 1982. Together they grew the company to one of the top mortgage banks in San Diego. Frank had a passion for adventure and travel that he shared with his wife Linnea over their 38 years of marriage. From Asia to Africa, Europe to India, they enjoyed learning about different peoples and cultures. He traveled extensively with his family and most enjoyed exposing his grandchildren to the way travel could open their eyes to new experiences and ways of looking at life. He certainly gave them memories that will last a lifetime. Beyond his absolute dedication to his family, Frank was deeply committed to serving those in need in the community of San Diego. He was an extremely modest man who never wanted public recognition for his philanthropic activities. In opening his heart to those in need he significantly changed the lives of many. One of his greatest passions was his involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. His 34 years of service with the organization began when he was in his twenties as a Big Brother mentor (twice). He served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 30 years as both a Board member and President of the Board. He chaired the organization's major fundraiser, the Gourmet Dinner, for six years and was honored as Big Brothers Big Sisters "Man of the Year" in 1994. He knew the difference one on one mentoring provided and worked tirelessly over the years to promote membership and raise funds to support the program. He often said that 'giving young boys without fathers in the home an older male role model helps to improve grades and provides a reason to stay away from gangs and drugs. It gives them hope for a better future.' In addition to his long service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Frank was a 20-year member of San Diego Rotary Club
33. He served as a Rotary Board member for many years and was elected as the Club's president in 2002. In 1996 Frank started "Tigers Forever" an Interact Club Mentoring Program with Wilson Middle School. Each week Frank personally oversaw student leadership and community involvement activities for the students, forming lifelong bonds with many of the kids as they progressed through their school career and into adulthood. He was recognized for his service and dedication to the San Diego Rotary Club with numerous honors including the Rotary International Club of Distinction award for his work with Wilson Middle School. Frank's bond with the community of San Diego remained strong throughout his life. Beginning with his involvement with Rev. George Walker Smith's Coalition of Equality. He also served on the Advisory Board and Corporate Council of the San Diego Opera and the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Playhouse. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of the San Diego City Schools Partnership in Education, the San Diego Organizing Project and on the Advisory Board of the USD School of Education and Leadership. Frank also served as the past Chairman and a current Board Member Emeritus of the Sharp Healthcare Foundation and was a member of the Board of the Legler Benbough Foundation for Philanthropy. He stayed involved with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association after having served on its Board of Directors and being honored as SAE Brother of the Year in 1995. Together with his wife Linnea, they also support the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, First United Methodist Church, the new Downtown San Diego Library and Francis Parker School. There wasn't a day in his life that he did not have a positive impact. As powerful of a man as he was, he always honored those around him with his time and compassion. He listened, learned and truly cared about people - from the kids whose lives he inspired through his community service work to his family he supported and adored, the friends he cherished and the complete strangers he left with a smile, Frank Arrington was an all around True Gentleman. Frank is survived by his wife Linnea Arrington, son Brian and daughter-in-law Colby Arrington, grandchildren Aly and Lily Arrington, brother Ted Arrington, niece Marci Egan and nephew Mark Arrington, as well as the many others whose lives were touched with his grace, compassion and love. In lieu of a memorial service or flowers, Frank wanted those who would like to honor him do so by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County at www.sdbigs.org/frank
. A celebration of his life is being planned.