OCEAN PARK - Charles H. Frace, 79, died Sept. 6, 2004, at his Ocean Park residence. The son of Harold and Emeline (Miller) Frace, he was born July 11, 1925, in Norwalk, Calif. He was raised in southern California on a homestead near Valley Center. He received his education at Polytechnic High School and Escondido High School.
During World War II Mr. Frace was a volunteer for the California State Militia patrolling the coastal shoreline. He also volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol. He worked construction in California and was particularly proud of having worked on the building of Disneyland. He also worked as a California state forester. He operated his own general contracting business prior to his move to Roseburg, Ore., in 1966. There he changed careers and became owner and operator of the Depot Hotel and Cafe. Following retirement he moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1990.
Mr. Frace was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Roseburg and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Seaview. His lifelong love of carpentry and cabinet-making served him well and he enjoyed "fix-it" projects for family and friends. His craftsmanship is an enduring legacy in the communities he resided in. Several times during his life he received commendations for acts of valor as a firefighter and as a civilian rescuer.
He and Dorothy Daly were married in 1954 in Long Beach, Calif. She died in 1984. Surviving are daughters Judith Frace of Lakebay, Michele Frace of Ocean Park, and Jessica Thompson of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; son David Frace of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; brothers Harold Frace Jr. of Vista, Calif., and James Frace of Escondido, Calif.; grandchildren Juan Manquera, Matthew Woods and Dorothy Frace. He was also preceded in death by his sister Caroline Smith and grandson Nathaniel Neighbors.
A funeral service was held on Sept. 11 at Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.