My condolences to all the family. I'm so grateful to Keith Potter for his tireless care for Frank, delivering fruit and burritos multiple times, and the doctor updates, going well beyond friendship, and from June Lake. I saw Frank 6 days prior to passing on a Fri eve showing him photos and having typical deep philosophical discussions. Frank's last words to me were, "Range, I'm going to beat this and return to Ventura soon." A fighter with a mission for sure. Frank was a master carpenter, highly accomplished surfer, excellent videographer and photographer, appreciator of unique music, and no doubt one of the funniest people on earth. Would have been a terrific stand-up comic. I miss him a lot. Huge thanks to Sandy as well for all she did for Frank for many years.
friend growing up so many laughs and good times . From long surf days at the
point to raucus nights at the 101 drive in.
No one was more full of life and so
willing to share that joy than Frank.
love ya buddy... Keith Potter
A great comedic light has gone out
Frank brought many a man to tears of laughter
He will be missed in so many ways.
Go ride the big Kahuna to the other side Frankie, I'll see you there!!
I'll never forget the big south session Frank and I had at
Solimar point on minus tide. Taking off halfway to reef it seemed, performing
multiple go behinds on steep swells well before breaking, losing our voices
hollering in joy. One time Frank and I were riding Oxnard Shores on a sweet
south swell maybe 12-15 years ago. All of a sudden, I hear Frank yelling for me
to come over to him. He'd wiped out and drove his finger into the sand,
dislocating it, and he couldn't pull it back into proper position himself. It
took about half a dozen tries due to wet water and hands slipping but we did
get it straight once again. That finger was messed up for a long time. Mike
Smith's sister Robin has a dilly of a story she will be submitting soon. Stay
tuned. Here's a 1960's photo of Frank on the tip at Ventura's best beach break
for many years, Stanley's Steakhouse, the destruction of which can be seen in
Larry Bennett's Surfing Inspiration. Thanks to the freeway and Seacliff exit,
sand has greatly diminished in this area. Besides Mike Smith, Frank was one of the
best nose riders around.....Phil