February 7, 1935 — January 13, 2016
They don’t make them like Frank anymore. A gentleman to his core, Frank passed away surrounded by family in his childhood home. Born in Bakersfield, he was the only child of Grover and Vera Fugitt. He lived his life with kindness and integrity. He attended Old River and Lakeside Schools, Menlo High School, Cal Poly-SLO, and then enlisted in the US Army. Testing high in Math, Frank was assigned the position of Weather Observer and was stationed in Niagara Falls. He transferred to Barstow, CA to be near his ailing father and months later; honorably discharged to returning home to run his family’s farming business in Old River.
Frank married the love of his life, Norma, on February 11, 1956, welcoming their son Daniel, and daughter Darlene. His kindness, generosity, and family values knew no bounds. A devoted and dedicated father, Frank attended all of their activities. He was a 4-H Club Leader and supported many Kern County youth in their agriculture projects. Following his father’s footsteps, he served as a Lakeside Union School District Board of Trustee for 13 years and was a member of the Elks Club.
In addition to his community involvement, Frank loved to travel. He took his family on many adventures throughout the years, encouraging his children to be adventurous and confidant exploring the many sights of the world. He avidly followed the stock market, played the lottery, and was known for his smooth moves on the dance floor.
As a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father figure and mentor, Frank imparted his knowledge and wisdom onto many. He was well respected in the farming community and his passing left a hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Norma; his son Daniel and wife Mary; daughter Darlene; two grandsons Travis and Derek, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank their dear friends, wonderful caregivers and Hoffmann Hospice for their dedication and compassion. Services will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 10AM at the Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Hoffmann Hospice or your favorite charity.
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