Dr. Fredrick Brause Antrobus III passed away at St Joseph Hospital in Phoenix on Saturday, November 24, 2012, one day before his 75th birthday. He died from complications from a fall Wednesday afternoon.
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Fred was born on November 25, 1937 in Longview, Washington. He attended R.A. Long high school, Western Washington State College, and later received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from USC in Educational Administration, his chosen career path.
He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Jean Smelser, in 1956 and together they established careers in education and later in Real Estate. They raised three children, two sons and one daughter, while living life to the fullest during 26 years of exceptional experiences in Europe with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and later as partners for 10 years in Antrobus Properties, a Real Estate enterprise in Washington State. After retiring from education in 1992 and Real Estate in 2002, they divided their time between homes in both Washington and Arizona and as much traveling as they were able to fit into their schedules with major trips to Alaska, Carribean, South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, Egypt, Middle East, Isreal, Turkey and Greece. His passion for learning and doing were unsurpassed. His motto was "Too much is never enough" which was displayed and lived in every facet of his life.
Surviving Fred are his wife of 56 years, Shirley, sons, Frederick IV and Craig and daughter Christine Chambers, 8 grandchildren, Fredrick V. Nicholas, Benjamin Antrobus. Marie, Alicia, Morgan and Kristopher Chambers and Danielle Gilfeather Antrobus and 3 great grand daughters, Jennifer, Zoey & a new baby girl due in January. All live in Washington State.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 1 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Yuma, AZ. An Open House will follow the service at the family home at 11336 E. Via Montana, in the Foothills. At a later date, a second service will be held in Washington for family and friends there.
Published in The Yuma Sun on Dec. 5, 2012