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Frank W. Washam

Obituary for Frank W. Washam

June 21, 1929 - May 30, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89


Frank W. Washam, born June 21, 1929 in Ballinger, Texas to Selma Silas and Blanche Washam. Frank moved to San Antonio in 1930 from a ranch in New Mexico. San Antonio became their home as that is where the family's car broke down.

He attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Edison High School and graduated from Baylor University. He joined the USMC reserves in 1948 while a student at Baylor University; subsequently promoted to corporal and selected for the Platoon Leaders Class PLC program, which consisted of two summers of Officer Candidate School Training and an appointment to Second Lieutenant upon graduating from college. He graduated in May, 1951 and received his appointment to 2nd Lt. in the USMC Reserve and was immediately ordered to active duty. While in the Marines, he attended flight school becoming a helicopter pilot.

Frank's 28 years of active duty included tours at various US bases and overseas tours as a helicopter pilot in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and the Mediterranean Sea. There were also shorter junkets to the Caribbean for training exercises and various humanitarian relief efforts. He retired with the rank of CWO4.

After retirement he worked in construction, Hughes Helicopter, and learning the locksmith trade eventually opening a locksmith shop. He loved the outdoors: camping/RVing, fishing, hunting, and gun-smithing. He also published a book, 20 Years at Parade Rest, about his adventures in the Marine Corp.

Preceded in death by his parents, his wife Francis, and his brother Vernon.

Survived by his wife Barbara, son Michael and his wife Lori, son Jay and wife Janice, daughter Liz and husband Kevin Tysall, grandson Bryan and wife Carmen Washam, and granddaughter Molly Washam.

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The family wishes not to receive flowers, however would like to have donations made in Frank's name to Alzheimer's research or the charity of your choice.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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