Frank N. Blagen Jr., 93, died on Feb. 11 with his family by his side.
He was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Hoquiam, Wash., the third of three children born to Frank and Helen Blagen.
Frank married Dolores Ring in January 1938 and they had six children.
In 1924, when he was 5, Frank’s family moved from Hoquiam to Calpine, Calif., where his father managed a lumber mill. Growing up during the years at Calpine, and later in his family’s White Pine Mill in West Point, Calif., Frank learned the lumber business under his father’s guidance. Not surprisingly, most of Frank’s own working career was in building, owning and managing lumber mills in Northern California or Oregon. Early in his career, he also worked in construction while living in San Rafael, Calif., and with the U.S. Army on Ie Shima during World War I.
Frank and his wife, Delores, along with son Frank III moved to Hines in 1967. Frank managed the Edward Hines Lumber Co. until 1980, living in the manager’s home at the top of Pettibone Hill. Frank built a hangar on a small landing strip on the edge of Hines. From there he flew his plane on many business and personal trips. Frank always said that his years as general manager of the Edward Hines Lumber Co. were, by far, the most satisfying of all the years during which he was employed.
In the 1980s and ’90s, he continued his lumber-related career as a partner in Redwood Coast Trucking Company. During this time, he and Delores moved into the home they built in Willow Creek, Calif., where they lived together until 2003, when Delores died.
In September 1987, after partially retiring, Frank went to Europe with a tour group for six weeks. The following year, he went to the Orient with another tour group for a month. Frank thoroughly enjoyed both trips and kept a daily journal for each one. In 2004, Frank and his daughter Judy traveled to the Galapagos islands and Machu Picchu.
Besides travel, Frank had many interests including building furniture, flying his airplane, building sailboats and gardening. He was always learning and was an avid reader. He especially enjoyed sports and working on his computer. As those close to him knew, he was very generous and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Over the years, Frank served on local and county school boards and served as director of the junior chamber of commerce, the chamber of commerce and the Ingomar Club.
Frank is survived by his children, Anthony M. Blagen of Oakland, Phyllis A. Stockel of Willow Creek, Calif., Dolores D. Schneider of Garden Valley, Calif., Judy L. Bankert of Citrus Heights, Calif., Virginia L. Bender of Rocklin, Calif., and Frank N. Blagen III of White City; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Blagen, and sister, Marilyn McIntosh.
This spring, the family will gather in Eureka, Calif., for a special time of remembrance.