Obituary: Fred R. Sargent (May 22, 1928 – Oct. 6, 2013)

By Submitted October 14, 2013 03:53 pm

Fred R. Sargent
Fred R. Sargent
Fred R. Sargent passed away Oct. 6, 2013. He was a Del Norte resident for 55 years. He loved the Smith River, the beauty and opportunities of the area.

Born to Bernice and Perry Sargent on May 22, 1928, in Jacksonville, Ore., Fred spent his early life in Medford and Prospect, Ore. He left home at a young age and began looking for a way to support himself. In Prospect, he met Dale Hamner, his future father-in-law who introduced him to logging. Dale taught Fred to fall trees using a crosscut saw. It was just the beginning of a long career in logging.

When Fred was 18, he joined the Navy to serve his country and was stationed in China.

On returning to Prospect, Dale introduced Fred to his daughter Mildred (Millie). After a short courtship, they eloped to Reno, along with Millie’s brother George Prauss and girlfriend Joan Weber for a double wedding. Fred and Millie had 64 years together before Millie passed away in 2012.

In 1952, Fred moved his family of four to Blocksburg, Calif. The promise of good logging sent Fred, Dale, Ed and George Prauss to new territory. The families worked and moved together which made for a very large and close-knit family. In 1957, the whole family moved to Crescent City, which turned out to be the final stop. Fred worked for Simpson Lumber Company and Rellim becoming known for his expertise in falling huge redwood trees, landing them right on-the-spot.

Fred and his brothers-in-law Ed and George Prauss ended their logging careers with their own company, S.N.A.P. Logging. Before retiring, Fred owned Jack’s Saw Shop in Crescent City.

Fred had many hobbies. He loved fishing, hunting, mining and bottle hunting. He was a wonderful grandfather who taught his grandkids to love the outdoors.

In the end, Fred wanted a simple life on the Smith River. First on North Bank until the flood of 1964, then on the higher ground of South Bank Road.

Fred was a quiet, modest man who had many friends. Thanks so much to all of his wonderful friends and neighbors on South Bank Road, most of all to niece Penny Love, who cooked and cared for him.

Fred is survived by his son Gary Sargent (Mary) of Crescent City; daughter Tanya Stewart (Tom) of Santa Rosa; sister Velda Warren of Everett, Wash.; grandchildren Jennifer, Fred, Wendy and Jeff; great-grandchildren Ray, Gracie, Emily, Colton and Macy; wonderful in-laws Joan Prauss, Melvin Hamner, Verla Borges, Bertie Sargent and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife Millie, brothers Willard, Calvin and Marvin Sargent.

There will be no service at Fred’s request.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.