Warrior Memories: ‘Whatever happened to your brother Frank?’

By Submitted March 26, 2012 05:38 pm

People ask me all the time, whatever happened to your brother Frank?

Frank was a 1952 Warrior graduate. While he was a Warrior he played three years of lightweight basketball, three years of football and three years of baseball. He was also involved in many school activities, serving a term as class president and regularly appearing on the academic honor roll.

A short time after graduating from Del Norte, I was drafted into the Army, so Frank decided to volunteer to be drafted at the same time so we both went through basic training together and both went to Korea together.

When he got of the Army he returned to Crescent City and went to work in the lumber mill. After a period of time he went to work for the for the county serving under Arvis Gatlin, wife of long-time Warrior coach Tex Gatlin, as the juvenile probation officer.

Shortly after I graduated from Humboldt State, Frank decided  he wanted to go to college so he enrolled at Humboldt. He was going to follow his dad and brother into the teaching profession.

When he received his teaching credential he first taught in the elementary level both in the Quincy and Arcata districts. While working in Arcata he continued at Humboldt State and received his administrative credential. He then went to work as the principal and superintendent of the Loleta Elementary District, a position he held until he retired.

While at Loleta the Trone coaching blood kept running in his veins and he regularly coached basketball. For many years he would bring teams to the annual Jaycees basketball tournament. He had a lot of success with his girls teams.

His passion for coaching did not end with his retirement as he continued coaching in the Fortuna area. He has lived in Fortuna since taking the Loleta job, more years than either of us wants to count.

Frank and his wife Anna are both retired there. Frank’s calender reads a little different than mine. I have four seasons while his has two, hunting and fishing. It is great because we get to share parts of these seasons together. He is about as avid hunter and fisherman as you will ever find.

Frank and Anna have three adult children, sons Greg and Gary and daughter Debbie, who is also a teacher. They have more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than I can count.

It is really great that these two Warrior brothers and teammates can still enjoy their passions for sports and life together.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.