Francis Louis Hutain

September 28, 1927March 28, 2021

Our dad, Frank Louis Hutain, died on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, after losing his battle with cancer, but he had a victorious entrance to Heaven.

He was born in Heron Lake, Minnesota on September 28, 1927. Shortly after his birth, dad and his six brothers and sisters established themselves in the much warmer climate of Southern California. Dad attended St. Boniface Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as Anaheim Union High School. As World War 2 was still looming, dad joined the Merchant Marines, whose duty was to supply the warships with supplies and serve duty as liberty ships. Dad did not quite qualify for the weight limit, so he ate 3 pounds of bananas to qualify! Dad met our mom, Phyllis Crooks, at a football game in 1947 and they enjoyed over 44 years of marriage. Two children were to follow: one in 1948 and another joined the world 18 months later.

Frank was a very hard worker, no mater what occupation he served. In his early years, he worked for the Signal Oil Company in Huntington Beach. Many years later, he joined the Santa Ana Fire Department, where he retired as a Captain. Dad enjoyed 44 years of marriage to our mom Phyllis, who enjoyed antiques. Dad became a master of repairing a houseful of them! Dad remarried 1 year after Phyllis died to Rose. We enjoyed many years as a blended family with her children. Dad and Rose traveled the world.

Our family has many fond memories of dad, as he always was a family man. His experiences of living in a large family shaped his goal of family first. We had many fantastic outings including huge family picnics encompassing many generations, motor home trips throughout the southwest, yearly visits to Yosemite, and summer vacations at the beach.

Dad was compassionate to his core, particularly as it related to the care of his wives, Phyllis and Rose. He was trustworthy and a living example of the wedding vow "in sickness and in health". He loved his brothers and sisters, his children, daughter-in-law and son-in-law, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. His eyes danced at get-togethers for his family and his step family.

Frank was proceeded in death by his 2 wives, Phyllis and Rose; his parents, Peter and Molly; one sister, Arlene; and 3 brothers: Eugene, Bernard, and Albert. He is survived by his sisters, June and Dolores, along with his children, Royce (Joni) and Candice (Alan).

To all of us who knew you, we will never forget your love and concern for all of us. We look forward to seeing you in Heaven, where there will be no tears.


15 April


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary

Waverly Chapel

1702 Fairhaven Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

15 April

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Park

1702 Fairhaven Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705


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Bob Siewerd

April 10, 2021

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I always enjoyed our visits at AUHS breakfasts. So many old time stories. Will remember Frank in my prayers for a long time along with my old friend Gene.

Candy Libby

April 5, 2021

God chose Dad to be our earthly father. Royce and I were blessed to have him for 93 1/2 years.

I have always been very proud of my dad. The way dad always took care of our family and the way he loved his brothers and sisters. He always put Royce and I first in his heart and also his actions. Dad was a hard worker, and also a perfectionist in getting everything done just so. I did not take after Dad in being be perfectionist, so he did drive me crazy sometimes.

Dad was a very smart man, but he also had a lot of common sense. He loved playing around in the stock market, watching Fox News, and he was a great handyman. He had quite a sense of humor. We had a lot of laughs. Dad was the best cook, although he thought we wouldn’t know that he was cooking liver – he told us it was chicken fried steak. Did he really think we couldn’t smell??

My last conversation with Dad was telling him it was ok to go, that he had family waiting for him and there is party ready to start in his honor when he reaches Heaven. Dad always loved family get-togethers.

I will miss you Dad until the day I get to join Jesus and you and all the rest of the family and friends in Heaven.



Chris Austerman

April 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing, and Rose's too. Frank was such a nice, caring man. He was instrumental in keeping us "Firemen's Families" informed of the whereabouts of our old family friends. He was a great help to me when my Dad, Clifford, passed away. He got the word out to all the remaining coworkers from Dad's era. I'll always remember Frank with fondness.

My sympathies go out to Frank's family in your time of sorrow. Know that God's grace will carry him and bring you peace. God bless.

Chris Austerman