Frank Hilton Jessee
Dec 14, 1937 – Jun 22, 2015
FRANK HILTON JESSEE
Frank Jessee was born December 14, 1937, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He grew up in Bremerton, Washington and graduated from Central Kitsap High School in June, 1956. He joined the military and served his country in the Army until March, 1964. Frank attended the University of Washington where he met his soul mate, Coeur D’Lane Anne Baker (Corkie). Frank and Anne were married on July 21, 1962, and were blessed with three beautiful children, LeAnne, Michael, and Kevin.
Frank was an optician and was employed with Prescription Optical for forty years of dedicated service. After his retirement he decided to take on the adventure of buying a business with his brother-in-law (Duke) and his wife (Shari) and purchased Tex Drive In, Honokaa Hawaii. It was at that time he became familiar with the Malasada, a Portuguese donut, which is what that particular landmark was famous for and had been in existence for 43 years. He became the third owner. Also, Frank loved to travel and looked forward to the next adventure!
Frank enjoyed hobbies such as golf, visiting many of the courses in Washington and he also had a passion for flying his own plane. He participated in the Western Travelers flying club and was their past president. He always had his wife and children with him traveling to many of the airshows in the area.
Frank joined Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tacoma in 1966, and was an active member until moving to Olympia. He was past president of Emmanuel and served on the council, choirs, youth groups, taught confirmation classes, and sponsored many youth groups. While involved in the choir, he had the chance of a lifetime to sing in Carnegie Hall in New York, which was an experience he never forgot. He always remembered that music was a challenge to learn but was diligent in making sure he knew his part with many practice sessions. After moving to Olympia, he joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where he continued to worship until his death.
Surrounded by family, Frank was received by his Lord into Eternity on Monday, June 22, 2015. Frank’s family will always remember his gentle spirit, witty sense of humor, and smile. Frank loved his family above all else and especially enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren. He was the most amazing husband, father, and grandfather.
Frank was preceded in death by his daughter, LeAnne Carol Jessee, and his parents, Raymond and Carol Jessee. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anne Jessee, sons Michael (Beth) Jessee and Kevin (Mandy) Jessee, and his grandchildren Ashlynne, Brandon, and Tanner, as well as many relatives and friends.
The family extends sincere thanks to Frank’s medical doctors, Dr. Joseph Ye, Dr. John Waggoner, and Dr. Thomas Burghardt for their steadfast care and compassion for Frank.
A private family graveside service with Military Honors will be held Friday, July 10, 2015 at Washington Memorial Cemetery in SeaTac at 2:30 p.m. A public memorial service will be held Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave., Olympia, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Frank’s name to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church designated memorial fund.
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