Frank Bevis Waldron
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December 31, 1926 - April 7, 2021 Frank Waldron was born on December 31, 1926 in Alhambra CA and passed away on April 7, 2021 in Camarillo CA. He and wife Mary of 60 years raised their family in Sepulveda CA and later moved to their beloved condo by the sea in Ventura CA. He spent his working life as a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy, and after retirement, running Deval Wood Products in Burbank CA. His passions were his family, nature photography, backpacking, bicycle riding and making new friends. He had a zest for life and an ever-present smile which left everyone he met feeling like the most important person in the world. He will forever be in all of our hearts.Frank is survived by his brother Jack and wife Barbara, daughter Lisa, Sons Mike and Lee, Son in Law Gary, Daughters in law Diane and Deborah, Grand daughter Deana, Grandsons Garrett, Matt (and wife Michelle), Campbell (and partner Pia), and Mark and two great grandchildren who are on the way. He leaves behind countless beloved coworkers from two careers, and many friends who he has had an impact on over the years.Please go to to learn more about his life and pay tribute to our wonderful father, grandfather and friend.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
Many years ago in my 17th year, Dad, Lee and I along with two of my friends took a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon. All five of us, along with all our backpacking gear drove in Dads 1958 VW. It was Easter break of my senior year of high school and it was cool when we arrived. We spent that night camped out on the rim and started down the Kaibab Trail after breakfast the next morning. After hiking for most of the day, we arrived at a campground downstream from the Phantom Ranch. It was beautiful in the canyon and very warm, about 90 degrees as I recall. We spent the week doing day hikes and swimming in Powell Creek where it intersects with the Colorado River.
We were lucky to be on the beach when the 'Woman of the River' Georgie Clark stopped during one of her trips down the Colorado. She guided trips down the river beginning in 1945. Dad knew all about her, and told us about her exploits.
On the day before we hiked out, the local ranger came to our camp and asked if we had been drinking the water from the campground. We had. He let us know that a septic tank was leaking into the water supply and not to drink. Too late, we had been drinking it all week with no ill affects.
The next evening, after dinner we began our climb to the rim. We were all young and in great shape, and made the hike in hours. At the rim, we all started to feel the sick. Imagine the drive from the south rim to the San Fernando Valley with five sickies stopping every few miles to be sick. A memorable ride. We all survived to tell the story and to make many more backpacking trips with Dad. He instilled a love the outdoors that we all enjoy to this day. Thanks for the great memories Dad.
Mike Waldron
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