Eugene Merle Frohling, known to his friends, family and colleagues as Gene, passed away on July 17, 2020 in Fullerton, CA. He was born into a farming family in Hecla, South Dakota on October 6, 1932. He attended Northern State Teachers College (South Dakota) and received his bachelor's degree in 1954. He married his high school sweetheart Delores Schroeder shortly after graduating. He then entered into service with the Army during the Korean War. He began his teaching and coaching career in Jefferson then South Shore in South Dakota. He received his master's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1962 and moved to California, settling in Anaheim. In Anaheim he taught and coached at Loara and Magnolia high schools for 31 years, earning the adoration and respect of innumerable students. He was named Orange County Teacher of the Year in 1991 by the California Association for the Gifted. He is survived by his four children and ten cherished grandchildren. He will be buried next to his beloved wife Dee in Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, CA.
Published in Orange County Register on Jul. 26, 2020.