OREGON CITY, Ore. - Former Ocean Park resident Frank High, 89, died July 15, 2007, at his daughter's home in Oregon City surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 8, 1918, at home in Cloverdale, Ore.
When he was six years old, the family moved to Salem, Ore. At age 16 he hopped a freight train for San Francisco. There he worked as a bellboy at the Pickwick Hotel and later drove taxi cab and worked in vaudeville theatres. With the outbreak of the Second World War he served with the U.S. Merchant Marines and also the U.S. Coast Guard. He served as an electrician and junior officer aboard ammunition transport ships on the route from the west coast to the south Pacific.
With the war over, Mr. High settled in Portland, Ore. He took the city of Portland passenger train to South Bend, Ind., where he bought a new Studebaker car, drove it back to Portland and then promptly sold it and then began operating Frank's Used Car Sales on Northeast Union Avenue. With that venture behind him he bought the Vegetable Juice Company, which he ran for 18 years. During this time he also operated a truck farm at Carver, Ore., on the banks of the Clackamas River. He farmed this until 1970 when he joined the Teamsters Union and went to work for Safeway Stores, working at their Clackamas warehouse. He retired in 1981.
Having bought property in Surfside in 1979, he built his home, "High Haven" and moved here in 1981. He became an active member of Ocean Park Community Church and later attended Peninsula Baptist Church. Shortly after moving to Ocean Park he began working as an assistant funeral director at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. He enjoyed helping families and making new friendships. He retired from that job when he was 87 and moved to Oregon City to be near family.
Mr. High was an avid boater and fisherman who relished ocean fishing from Hammond, Ore., and Ilwaco and also trout fishing. He enjoyed clamming and traveling, especially trips to Alaska and Italy and listening to jazz. Blessed with a delightful sense of humor, he willingly gave of his time and energy. Family was paramount to him and to know him was to love him.
He married Mary Clifton when he was 21 in San Francisco and they became the parents of two children. They later divorced. In 1945 he married Mary Moses in Vancouver, and they became the parents of seven children. When her health failed and necessitated nursing home care, he began volunteering at Ocean View Convalescent Center in Long Beach. He assisted whenever and wherever he could for a number of years, was named Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and reluctantly ceased his role several years ago. Mrs. High died in December 2000.
Survivors include her sons Jim (Marilyn) High of Waldport, Ore.; Jerry High of Oregon City, Ore., and David (Suzanna) High of Belmont, Mass.; daughters Judith Ann (Marc) Queck of Greenwood, Ind.; Linda French of Anchorage, Alaska; Nancy (John) Parry of Oregon City, Ore., Elaine Jefferson of Bound Brook, N.J., Esther (Tim) Mantia of Oregon City, Ore., and Ruth (Augie) Paone of Anchorage, Alaska; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a brother Charles (Opal) High of Burlingame, Calif.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., on Sunday, July 22, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. A luncheon reception will follow at the chapel. Concluding graveside service will be at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, July 24, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Logan, Ore. A reception follows at the Logan Community Church where he had been a member. The casket will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Memorials may be made to either the Pleasant View Cemetery Association or Ocean View Convalescent Center in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.