Frank William Hirschi
1925 - 2014
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1925 ~ 2014
Pleasant Grove, UT-Frank William Hirschi, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, due to the incidence of age.
He was born February 2, 1925, to William and Marianna Seiler Hirschi at Montpelier, Idaho, the fifth of seven children. His parents were Swiss immigrants and he was very proud of his Swiss heritage. At a young age he learned a strong work ethic as he farmed and ranched with his father in the Montpelier area. Choosing to forgo a farm deferment, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country as a Radioman on the mine sweeper, USS Revenge during World War II. On November 26, 1946, he married his sweetheart, Carol Price, in the Salt Lake Temple. Frank and Carol teamed up for a busy and blessed eternal marriage and, at the time of his parting, they had been married 67 years. His formal education included a B.S degree in Agriculture, M.S., and Ed.D degree at Utah State University. He had a passion and talent for teaching-especially the youth. Frank loved people and found great satisfaction in a job well-done. He always enjoyed the opportunity to serve. Frank's priorities were his family and his faith. Schooling and employment took him and his family from Idaho, where he taught high school agriculture and later seminary; to Logan, Utah, to further his education; to Garden Grove, California, where he coordinated seminary and institute programs. In 1973 he moved his family to Centerville, Utah, where he worked in the CES central office. He also served in the Idaho State Legislature, representing Bear Lake County from 1960-1966. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a great love for his Savior and for the scriptures. His service as a member of the church included: Bishop and counselor in the Stake Presidency in Montpelier, Idaho; member of the Melchizedek Priesthood General Committee and Patriarch in the Centerville, Utah South Stake. Frank and Carol served several missions together beginning with Frank being called as the first president of the Mississippi Jackson Mission; CES teaching assignment in the Study Abroad program in Israel; CES mission at BYU-Hawaii; MTC President in New Zealand; CES mission to Eastern Europe establishing the seminary and institute programs in missions in Russia, Ukraine, and Hungary. After their missions, Frank served as a sealer in the Bountiful LDS Temple and as Mayor of Centerville City from 1998-2002.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their three sons and three daughters: Craig (Elaine) Hirschi, Pocatello, Idaho; David (Pamela) Hirschi, Centerville, Utah; Carol Lyn (Steve) Pilkington, Kaysville, Utah; Scott (Dawna) Hirschi, Kaysville, Utah; Laura (Randy) Hayes, Rexburg, Idaho; Janet (Dan) Paxman, American Fork, Utah, as well as 17 grandsons, 17 granddaughters and 49 great-grandchildren.
Fond memories of Dad and "Gramps" include much time spent at the ranch, many hunting and fishing trips, getting caught in a "bear trap," playing "run my sheepy run," jitter-bug dancing, and many Swiss words and traditions taught in our home. His posterity was his pride and joy.
Surviving siblings include: Erma Louise Gantenbein and Betty (Darrell) Bienz. No doubt he had a wonderful reunion with his parents and siblings, Helen Stone, Mildred Tueller, Violet Bartschi Child and Melvin Hirschi.
There will be a viewing at Russon Brothers Mortuary, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held Aug. 20th at 11:00 a.m., in the Centerville Utah 3rd Ward Chapel, 900 South 400 East. There will be a viewing prior to the service at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the general missionary fund of the LDS Church.


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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014.
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September 2, 2014
Dear Carol and Family,
I had the delightful experience of being in the freshman English class taught by "Mr. Hirschi," that one year in Montpelier High School. His exuberance for life extended even in to the way he approached teaching that class. I have no doubt that he is one reason I decided to become an English teacher myself. His influence in my life has lasted all these many years. You, Sister Hirschi, joined in that influence. You even let me tend your young children in your home at one time. I had never observed a home life founded and grounded the way yours was. I count myself among those blessed by both of your lives. May heaven's blessings be with you at this time. My love and admiration, Dianne Steckler Rasi-Koskinen
Dianne S. Rasi-Koskinen
August 30, 2014
I love Pres. Hirschi. He was my Mission President and I refer to him and some of his quotes to this day. May the Lord bless you and your family. - Kelly G. Campbell
August 22, 2014
It was a privilege to serve as one of President and Sister Hirschis' missionaries. They set an example for us to follow and have influenced our lives for good for many years. God bless your family.
Rod Barker
August 20, 2014
The Robert Schmid family remembering all the ways Bro Hirschi impacted our lives. What memories and impactful leadership he gave. Carol, may the Lord continue to extend all the tender mercies you deserve at this time.
David Schmid Bountiful, Utah
August 20, 2014
I loved Father Hirschi! Always he had a hug and a kiss for me and told me that my dimples were angel kisses. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. I'll miss seeing him when I am lucky enough to be at a Hirschi family event.
Barrie Giles
August 20, 2014
I have many fond memories of hours spent in the Hirschi home and Bishop Hirschi's "bullet pass" that was always a challenge to catch. Thanks also for some great seminary years. Bob Aland
August 19, 2014
Dear Carol and family, We are so sad to hear of President Herschi's passing. He has and will always be at the top of our favorite list. He was and has been such a beacon in both our lives. We feel so fortunate to have known both of you and to have had him for a seminary teacher. We love you both and your family. We will treasure the memories of Montpelier and our association. We pray that the Lord will bless you at this time. Love, Guy and Lyn Ann (Williamson) Arnell
August 19, 2014
Frank was a mentor and wonderful friend as we served together in MPMIA together, and even before that with CES and Lambda Delta Sigma. He was always very helpful. We know this is a rebirth for Frank, but a time of parting, none the less, for you and your family, Carol. May you feel the peace of the Comforter in rich abundance.
Our love, Rich and Barbara Winder
Barbara Winder
August 18, 2014
Bishop, President Hirschi was my Bishop when I became a member of the Church of Jesus christ of Latter Day Saints at eight years old. My first tithing settlement was with him. He was in the Stake Presidency, and helped me in Seminary learn to love the Savior. My life has been greatly influenced because of his example. Sister Carol, my heart goes out to you and your family. A fellow Montpelier Third Ward member Darrel Smith
August 18, 2014
We have fond memories from Montpelier and over all the years.
Maynetta Vance Wright
William Vance
LaVonne VAnce Kershaw
August 18, 2014
President and Sister Hirschi will always have a special place in my heart for the great influence in my life during my mission to Jackson Mississippi. He taught me as a leader to always be prepared to inspire. May God be with you and your family with many rewards waiting for you.
Curtis Ashcroft
August 18, 2014
Uncle Frank was one of the first people I met when I was dating Spence and we were thinking of marriage. He was so welcoming and I loved him right away. After we were married, Uncle Frank invited us to the Bountiful to do sealings for some family names. While we were there, we heard the name Ellsie as one of the names. As we left the temple that night, we both felt that if we should have another daughter, we should name her Ellsie…which we did. We love Uncle Frank and will always remember his wonderful example to us. Love, Ali Tueller
Alison Tueller
August 17, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Brother Hirschi. Frank was a wonderful friend and member of our ward. He always inspired us to do better!! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Steve & Jan Young
August 17, 2014
I have many fond memories of Frank and Carol Hirschi and family, growing up as neighbors in Montpelier, Idaho. Our condolences and best wishes to all the family. We are in the Area Office in New Zealand and many past friends from their time at the MTC offer their love as well.
John and Marsha Aland, Takapuna, New Zealand
August 17, 2014
I enjoyed knowing and working in CES with Frank. What a choice servant/Leader in the Kingdom.
Sherman Beck
August 16, 2014
What a wonderful man! Thank you dear Mayor Hirschi for treating me so honorably and for exemplifying what a true man really is. And, thank you for your patriotic service to our country. It's been years since I've seen you, but your influence on me is permanent.
Paul Allred
August 16, 2014
A wonderful man who treated me and everyone else like gold. I cherish the time I was able to work with him in his capacity as Mayor. He lived what he preached and it was an honor to be associated with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Paul Allred
August 16, 2014
Frank and Carol Hirschi are among our choice friends and associates in the Church Educational System. We mourn his passing. We are saddened that our assignments out-of-state make it impossible to attend the viewing or the funeral service. We send out love and condolences and hope to meet with Carol as soon as opportunity presents itself.
Joe and Barbara Christensen
Joe J. and Barbara Christensen
August 16, 2014
Sister Hirschi and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Keith always spoke fondly of Pres. Hirschi. He said Pres. Hirschi always treated Keith (and the other missionaries) with respect and that he looked to him as a father figure. He was always a great example, even after mission life.
What wonderful memories of a loving Mission President and his family during the MJM Mission. I was happy to get to know just a small portion of the this great man. With all my love and prayers at this most difficult time.
Gaylene Bauer (Keith) Robertson
August 16, 2014
One of the highlights in my life in CES was to associate with Frank in Central Office; in Centerville on the Whitaker Board, and as a friend. There are few men in this world more Christ-like than Frank. And he was so insightful when problems needed solutions. He will ever be remembered as a man to emulate!

Elder Paul Thomas Smith
Sister Barbara Gail Smith
Nevada Reno Mission
August 16, 2014
He was my Seminary teacher for three years--a great teacher and mentor and friend.
Gladys Clark Farmer
August 16, 2014
Dear Carol and Family,

What wonderful memories we share of the work in Eastern and Central Europe. Thank you! I am sorry that I will be unable to attend Elder Hirschi's funeral as I am on assignment right now in Russia. May the Lord bless you always.
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander
August 15, 2014
He lived across the street from our family in Montpelier and was my Bishop and Seminary teacher. I loved him and his family. Beverly Wilcox Erickson
August 15, 2014
Mayor Hirschi was a good, kind, generous man who gave great service to our community in many ways. His service to Centerville was a gift to our community that still bears fruit years later. Centerville is a better place because of him.

Centerville Mayor Paul Cutler.
August 15, 2014
President Hirschi was one of the greatest influences of my life, a great mentor, and a great example of leadership, and probably the most righteous man I have ever known, My condolences to Carol and all the family.
Respectfully
Dennis Timm (MJM 1979-1981)
August 15, 2014
Frank and Carol were neighbors of ours as well as he was my seminary instructor as well as a great friend. I was in their home many hours as a babysitter for their children and remember well his love for his Savior and his loving wife, Carol. He will be missed by many. Barbara Aland Neeley
August 15, 2014
Frank changed my life with his strong support for me in the Future Farmers of America, in which he encouraged me to run for office and participate in speech and judging contests. He was a wonderful teacher. Phillip Kunz
Phillip Kunz
August 14, 2014
Thank you for your teachings President. This young Elder will always remember you with fondness.
Vern Morris
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