OTHELLO, Wash. - passed away the evening Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006. He passed at his home in Othello, Wash. with his wife, Virginia (Babe Chaffin) at his side.
Frank was born to Wilhelm and Eva (Kohler) Mayer on Oct. 23, 1921. He was the second of 14 children. Frank was born in North Dakota, but moved with his family to the Bitterroot Valley in his teen years. Frank joined the Army during World War II, serving for 37 months in the South Pacific.
After the war, Frank returned to Montana. In 1949, he married. He and Virginia had one child, RaeDean. The young family lived in California for a decade before returning to Montana. They would live in California again before eventually moving to Othello, where Frank and Virginia lived for the past 30 years.
Frank was a kind and gentle man who taught great patience to anyone who ever shared a fishing hole with him. He was an avid reader, gardener and storyteller. He reaped much pleasure from teaching his grandchildren life's lessons through his many stories.
Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, his daughter, RaeDean, and husband Jack Vignolo of Indianola, Wash.; a granddaughter Darsay Vignolo-Wright and husband Jeff Wright and great-granddaughter Gracie of Bremerton, Wash. He is also survived by granddaughter Danae Vignolo Roadinger and her husband Steven Roadinger of Hampton, Va.
A grandson, Garrick Vignolo, passed away in August 2001. Garrick's children are Michelle Vignolo of Tacoma, Wash., Joshua Vignolo of Indianola, Wash. and Kasey Vignolo of Wasilla, Alaska. Frank is also survived by several siblings and many nieces and nephews.
At Frank's request, there will be private interment in the Bitterroot in the spring.