Saturday, November 23, 2013

#95) Frank Copple - A Life Well Lived

Frank Thomas Copple II, 85, of Techachapi, CA passed away from natural causes on October 16th, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty. He is survived by his sister Rose Marie, daughter Cheryl, son Bob, granddaughters Aleta, Tamara, and Jade, grandson Travis, and four great-grandchildren.

Frank was born in Glendale, California to Frank and Lillian Copple on November 10th, 1927. In his teens, he honed his lifetime appreciation of automobiles and engineering during an apprenticeship at Copple Brothers Automotive (an auto sales and customizing business in Los Angeles).

He graduated from Glendale High School in 1945 and served on active duty in The Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. He married Betty Jane Harvey in 1949 before moving to Panorama City to raise a family. Frank went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Production Management from UCLA in 1953.

In his younger years Frank was a sports car enthusiast who enjoyed competing in rallies and complex course races called gymkhanas (in which he achieved a number of wins and podium finishes). He also loved camping, golfing, hunting, and fishing with his friends and family, and had a special love for the high sierras.

In 1950, Frank joined Librascope, where he would spend his entire career. He eventually advanced to the position of Manager of Manufacturing Data Systems before retiring in 1989. Upon retirement, Frank and Betty relocated to Tehachapi to enjoy golf and the community life in Stallion Springs. They
truly enjoyed their time together there—golfing, relaxing, and making new friends.

In his later years, Frank was surrounded by family, friends, and companions. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a talented engineer, a quick wit, a loyal friend and companion, a frustrated golfer, and an accomplished punster. He will be missed by many.

1 comment:

  1. Rest in peace Frank. Semper Fidelis.