Bruce Frank passed away in his home on January 10, 2018 with his wife, son and daughter by his side.
Bruce was born in Los Angeles in 1948 to Gladys and Harold Frank. His fondest memories of his early years were of family get together’s on the Fourth of July. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to a small almond ranch in Orland, California. Bruce went from being a city boy to a country lad. He soon found himself, with his father and brother, Joe, working long hours in the hot sun, taking care of trees.
It wasn’t just being in the country that surprised him. He also went from attending a Catholic school to going to a public school, where he was shocked to find there was enough playground equipment for everyone. During his years in the Orland school system he excelled at sports, especially basketball and baseball, as well as scholarship and friendship.
When Bruce graduated he went to St Mary’s College in Moraga on a basketball scholarship. Due to an injury at the beginning of his freshman year, he never actually played for the college. He graduated with a major in Medieval History and a minor in French.
Just before graduation, he went to a job fair and was recruited by an ancient nun to teach at Mercy High School, a small Catholic school in Red Bluff. During that time Bruce coached a number of sports including baseball, basketball, and football. After six years of teaching Bruce took a year off to get a degree in counseling and was hired in 1977 as a guidance counselor at St. Helena High School. He worked at SHHS for 32 years, and became beloved by teachers, parents and students for his unending encouragement, positive support, and ability to listen and care deeply.
Bruce retired in 2009. He spent the rest of his life enjoying his passions for working out, gardening, cooking, listening to music, and travel. Shortly before he died he experienced the great joy of meeting his first two grandchildren, Tessa Noelle Frank and Dylan Davis Stewart.
In addition to his grandchildren, he is survived by his wife Jill Davis, his daughter Sarah Davis (Kyle Stewart), his son Chris Frank (Ellen), his father Harold Frank, his two brothers Don Frank (Julie) and Joe Frank (Loretta), his sister Sue Beigh and many, many more beloved direct, indirect, in-law and out-law relatives. His survivors also include his many dear friends. All will miss him for his humor, his patience, his quirks, his wisdom and his love.
Bruce’s memorial is being held on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 PM at the Native Sons Hall on Spring Street in St Helena.
Donations for a SHHS scholarship in his honor may be sent to: Grace Episcopal Church Bruce Frank Memorial Scholarship 1314 Spring St. St. Helena, CA. 94574