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Francisco ‘Frank’ Antonio Grazide III

July 28, 2014

Francisco ‘Frank’ Antonio Grazide III

Born in La Puente to Helen Walsh and Francisco Grazide II on March 13, 1913, Frank Grazide lived a long and prosperous life, passing away peacefully in Bishop on July 16 at the age of 101.
Frank is lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a remarkable man who in his later years defied odds by living an active and interesting life, with the vigor of a man decades younger than his true age.
Frank was raised in La Puente in the Los Angeles area on the Grazide ranch in the family adobe home, which was later established as a state landmark for its rare heritage as an adobe house constructed in the Spanish style. Built by his grandfather Francisco Grazide for his young bride Isabel Rowland in 1875, Frank’s parents would go on to raise he and his sisters there. Affectionally called “Buster” or “Boy” by his sisters and closest family members, he had an endearing quality that was felt well beyond the family lines. An explorer at heart, Frank left home early when the family fortune was lost in the great depression, and spent many years travelling the West Coast as a truck driver, establishing a pattern of travel that would stick throughout his life.
Frank eventually joined the Navy, working aboard the USS Onslow as an engine mechanic where he proudly served during World War II from 1942-1944. He would recall vividly his duties and experiences as a young man in the armed services, it was a time in his life he spoke of with a distinct pride.
He married Arlene Grazide and had four children, Philip, Michele, Rex and Dana Grazide. After his time in the Navy, he became an avid sailor and enjoyed many years of sailing out of Newport Harbor with his boats. Making frequent trips to Catalina and Mexico with members of the family, he instilled a particular love of the ocean in his youngest sons, Rex and Dana. Frank eventually made a home for himself in Bishop, having first gone through Bishop on a cattle drive as a very young man on horseback, making the trek from the family homestead in La Puente, it is hard to imagine such an adventure this day and age.
An entrepreneur his entire life, Frank enjoyed the freedom of trucking in his early days, and then as an investor in business and real estate later, he was buying and selling up until the very last years of his life. He believed in staying active, and never felt comfortable sitting for too long, he loved to stay on the move.
A generous and supportive man, he made a positive impact on everyone in his life, and will be sadly missed but happily celebrated by his extensive network of family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his life partner, Katherine Lewis; son, Phillip Grazide; daughter, Michele Smith; and granddaughter, Jana Barnes.
His remaining grandchildren include Nicole Behrendt, Ron Bartley, Amber Smith, Philip Grazide Jr., David Grazide and Stephanie Grazide-Tidwell. He also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom were blessed to have had him in their lives for such an extraordinarily long time.
A graveside service will take place 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop. A reception will follow at Frank’s favorite spot in town, Jack’s Waffle Shop, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Frank enjoyed countless breakfasts there for the last several years of his life, and his family would like to celebrate with those who knew him. His favorite breakfast items will be served in his honor.

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