Private family services are scheduled later this month for Randall Vickery Frakes, who passed away Friday, December 9, about 5:00 a.m.Randall, age 87, was born August 10, 1918 in Terre Haute, Indiana.He was the child of Walter Alexander and Ethel Amy (Vickery) Frakes, and grew up in Terre Haute, where his father was employed at Hulman and Company, a bulk dry goods business.
For the past several years Randall was resident in Aptos, California.Prior to that he lived for 11 years in Roseville, California, and before that for 27 years in San Mateo, California.Randall enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941, serving with the 60th Troop Carrier in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy during World War II.He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1945.Randall married his childhood sweetheart, Nina Belle Howlett, on Armistice Day, November 11, 1945.After the war he completed a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State College, Terre Haute; and a doctoral degree in Education and Health Services (EdD) from Columbia University, New York.In the 1950’s the family traveled throughout Southeast Asia while Randall was employed with the U.S. Foreign Service in South Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.They settled back in the United States in Santa Cruz, California in 1961, where they lived for 2-½ years before moving to San Mateo, California.Randall’s proudest professional achievement was his 20-year tenure as Executive Director of the San Francisco Community Rehabilitation Services Workshop, administering a vocational rehabilitation program for the disabled.
Randall is remembered for his love of traditional jazz and pop standards from the 1920s and 30s.He sang in choir as a child, was a member of the barbershop quartet The Collegians while at Indiana State, and most recently sang with Santa Cruz jazz pianist Velzoe Brown during performances at Aegis Assisted Living.He is also remembered for his fondness for the wry wit of baseball pitcher Satchel Paige, who said, “Never look back because you don’t know who might be gaining on you.”
Randall was preceded into death by Nina, his wife of 56 years, in December, 2001.He is survived by three children, daughter Patricia Diane McEachern of Ferndale, Washington, son Larry Randall Frakes of Sacramento, California, and son Charles Edwin Frakes of Scotts Valley, California.
(This notice to appear in the Terre Haute Tribune, IN; San Francisco Chronicle, CA; San Mateo Times, CA; and Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA)