Frank Bartholomew

December 2, 1931March 23, 2018

Frank was born in North Bend, Oregon to Olga and Frank Bartholomew, two years after his sister Phyllis. Frank was a lifelong Oregonian, attended Grant High and led a diverse and colorful life.

In his early years, Frank worked many jobs which included husting The Oregonian on downtown street corners, riding his bike throughout Portland delivering blue prints, or many summers working for the Portland Beavers at the old Vaughn Street Ball Park. Sports, especially baseball, were a passion of Franks, along with a game of pool. At an early age Frank developed a knack for many billiard games. Although very young at the time, many of the old pros took him under their wing. Frank became one of the top players in the NW. He loved the gaming side and was quite successful throughout the years.

In the early 1950s, Frank joined the Merchant Marines. He traveled the world over the next 20 plus years, often delivering goods during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Frank, in the late 60s met the love of his life, Jean, and the two have been married just short of 50 years. Jean developed the same passion for competitive pool and the two of them had a great deal of success playing pool tournaments for more than 40 years. Frank left the Merchant Marines after the birth of their daughter, Brenda and created a magazine for both the Oregon and Washington Peace Officers. Traveling the NW selling and marketing his magazine was much better than traveling the world on ships.

Frank was a “big man” and had a bigger heart that carried a lot of passion—he will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Brenda; son, Bart; three granddaughters; four great grandchildren; and sister, Phyllis.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 13, 2018

Frank Bartholomew

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