Govern, Francis Whitton, Jr. 6/15/1941 to 12/1/2019 Francis Whitton Govern, Jr., born June 15, 1941 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Colonel Francis Whitton Govern, MD and Patricia Rose Wehr Govern. He attended George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia where he played varsity tackle and was mentored by Coach Joe Crain. Frank attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on a football scholarship. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a philosophy major, Frank served honorably in the Army as a second generation soldier during the Cold War. Moving to Southern California in the late 1960's. he worked as a manager in the biotechnology field. He helped introduce the PSA test to urologists in the early 1980's. It was during a golf game when a friend asked him to volunteer in an inner city school. Frank would go on to obtain a teaching certificate and become proficient in Spanish to teach fourth grade at Stevenson elementary school in Long Beach. He would later write their school song, still sung today. Frank married Sharon Crawford in 1983 and gained a daughter, Kelly. They would later welcome a cherished grandson Jack. Frank was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Michael Edward Govern. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kelly Ramsey (Keith); and grandson, Jack. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Govern Fuisz; a brother, Colonel Kevin Hugh Govern (Karen); by a sister, Laura Govern Wrightson; and by nieces and nephews. Devoted to his wife, Sharon and family, he was passionate about travel, golf and his good friends. He considered the University of California Irvine basketball team his second family and cherished each and every team member and coach. Known for his generosity and easy laugh, he wanted others to succeed in their lives. In lieu of flowers, take a look around you, offer encouragement and support to those beside you and those afar.
Published in Orange County Register on Dec. 15, 2019.