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Frank G. Robertson


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Frank G. Robertson Obituary
FRANK G. ROBERTSON Frank Gordon Robertson passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Red Bluff, California on December 2, 2016. He was 91 years of age. He was in the constant presence of the love of his life, Judy, and surrounded by his beloved children and friends. Frank was born to Robert and Minerva Robertson in Southgate California on June 9, 1925. In 1940, while he was still in high school, the family moved to Anderson, California. After graduating from high school in June of 1943, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard, where he served until the end of World War II. After his discharge from military service, he attended Chico State College, and lived in "Vets Village", located on the campus. He graduated from Chico State in 1950 with a Bachelor's Degree in his course of study, as well as a Master's Degree in Education. Frank was awarded one of the first M.A., Ed. degrees ever bestowed by Chico State College at that time, and it proved essential as he advanced his administrative career in education over the years. In the fall of 1950 he started his teaching career back at Anderson High School as a PE teacher, English teacher and Coach, and in the early years, his coaching duties included football, basketball, baseball and tennis. Later in his coaching career, he focused specifically on basketball, where he coached both the junior varsity and varsity teams during some years. Coaching was always a passion with Frank, and his basketball teams won 9 league championships, numerous regional tournaments, and accumulated a combined record of 193 wins and 28 loses. As a coach, Frank was respected by his peers and loved by his players. In 1965, he accepted the position of Vice Principal at the newly-built Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, where he served in that capacity until 1969. It was at this juncture in his career that he accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools of the Anderson Union High School District. He retired in 1982, and he always considered the approval, design and construction of West Valley High School to be his greatest career accomplishment. Frank was also a skilled carpenter and builder. He built four of his own homes as well as mountain cabins, a "spec" home, and he often assisted in the construction of numerous homes and buildings for his friends and family. Frank lived an extremely active life with his wife, Judy, and he was always a very good athlete. This lifestyle was established while playing intramural sports at Chico State, where he boxed, and played basketball and tennis. He was an accomplished fast-pitch softball pitcher in his younger years, and he loved to play tennis and golf well into his later years, but the competition was fierce when competing in these later sports with his wife Judy. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy Robertson, son Bob Robertson of Fernley Nevada, son Eric Robertson (Cathy) of Chico, daughters Jo Ann Krummen of Los Gatos, Tracy Battaglia of Redding, and Kelly Boban of Cottonwood, as well as numerous grandchildren and great -grandchildren. At Frank's request, there will be no memorial services, and in lieu of flowers, please donate to: . 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 9, 2016
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