Frank Eagle Freshwater III
October 19, 1943 – March 1, 2021
Frank Freshwater passed away on March 1, 2021 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital of Covid 19. He was born to Frank and Eloise (Perham) Freshwater on October 19, 1943 in Yakima, WA. He grew up in Yakima and graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1961.
After High School he enrolled in the Marines. He later began work at the family fruit business, Perham Fruit Company, holding several positions as he learned the industry. With a passion for the fruit business, he eventually became the owner and President.
Frank was active in Rotary and the community. He was an active Jeeper, being a member as well as President of the Ridgerunner Jeep Club. He was currently on the Board of Directors for the White Pass Ski Company. Firefighting was another passion and volunteered for the West Valley and the Nile Fire Department. He remained an active volunteer for 51 years and reluctantly retired in 2017. He was also involved with the U.S. Forest Service, working as a Medic on the large forest fires. He loved the outdoors and fought to save the land.
He was a man of faith and love for God interested in sharing his knowledge, to mentor others, and to create a spirit of calm when things seemed out of control. You could always count on him, his sense of humor, and his integrity. He would drop everything if you needed help.
He is survived by his Wife of 34 years, Karen; daughter, Tamara; son Travis, wife Kathy, and grandchildren Benjamin and Jacob; sister Elizabeth and husband Tony; Stepchildren Gregory, Randall and Kevin Garner; and the Freshwater extended family.
Our lives are better because of Frank and he is deeply missed. Donations for the family can be made to Union Gospel Mission or Westside Baptist Church.
A Celebration Of Life will be held at the Westside Baptist Church on April 10th at 2:00 pm.
- Frank is survived by his Wife of 34 years, Karen; daughter, Tamara; son Travis, wife Kathy, and grandchildren Benjamin and Jacob; sister Elizabeth and husband Tony; Stepchildren Gregory, Randall and Kevin Garner; and the Freshwater extended family.
- Travis Freshwater
- Scott Murphy
- Randy Garner
- David McCallan
- Pat Clark
- Benjamin Freshwater
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Frank Eagle Freshwater III
March 29, 2021
To Karen and family
My and Patty’s deepest and heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Frank. He was more than a friend of mine, we grew up together.the Churches lived on one side of the Freshwaters and the Dale Robinson on the other side.We were the Home Drive Three Musketeers. We did everything together. We all had Miss Roark for first grade at Nobhill Elementary. Never again did they place us in the same classroom, which was probably a good idea. Talk about mischievous, we were definitely that. What fun ! The three of us have may not have applied ourselves academically in elementary or high,school,however, Frank was successful as the CEO of Perham Fruit Company , Dale earned a masters degree from Stanford and Church a doctorate from Pacific. He was quite the athlete. I never missed a football game in which Frank played, nor a track meet where he and Ben Drinkwater high jumped.
A forestfire fighter leader that his crews honored. A friend of friends! Although the sun has now set on Frank’s life, let the stars in the sky represent all the good times we all had together. Frank, now you are in heaven, raise a little hell. I think Dale and I would like that.
March 27, 2021
In the short five years I have known Frank, I have known him as an incredible giver, a caring listener and a faithful servant with a witty sense of humor. I really appreciated his willingness to help anyone and give back to the community. He attended our Bible study and was the neighbor anyone would wish to have. You will be missed Frank! Much love and hugs to you Karen. You are strong, wise and and you exemplified a proverbs 31 women and wife.
March 17, 2021
Terrible loss of a very special guy that was one of my lifelong best friends. The Freshwaters lived on idyllic Home Drive, with my family next door on one side and the Churchs on the other. It was a perfect little neighborhood of close knit families in a carefree time.
Bill Church, Frank and I were great friends and classmates from the first grade through Eisenhower graduation. We each had well-behaved older siblings, which may have helped ensure we were usually free from close parental supervision, and we shared a mutual inclination for mischief. I can’t speak for Bill, but I certainly wasn’t a particularly positive influence either in academics or behavior. Often on our own together, and frequently on the edge of trouble, we usually weren’t our teachers’ favorite pupils. Nob Hill grade school made a particular effort to always place us in separate classrooms.
But it was mostly just the best of times — biking, sledding, scouting, camping, skiing, waterskiing, cruising, partying, and yes, a memorable bit of joy-riding — it was just a great way to grow up together.
I am so saddened, but also shocked at the news. Then and throughout the subsequent years, Frank was the strong, robust, athletic and outdoorsy one, the varsity football player. He was also the outgoing, popular guy who was a friend to everyone. Such a consistent and valued contributor to the community, he deserved a long and comfortable retirement, with his delightful wife, friends and family.
I was so looking forward to catching up with Frank and Karen at the Ike 60th reunion this summer. There and always, Frank will be sorely missed.
Richard Boyd MD
March 9, 2021
Please accept my sincerest sympathies to the entire Freshwater family on the loss of Frank. What a fine man. May he Rest In Peace. I wish that I had been there for him.
Rich Boyd MD
March 8, 2021
I worked with Frank at the Naches Ranger Station. He always impressed me as a caring and thoughtful man. He was always willing to help when asked. He will be missed!
March 8, 2021
My deepest condolences. Frank was a mentor and fellow firefighter to my brother and me at the US Forest Service. We were young and impressionable and thankfully Frank was there to make some of those impressions. When I think of him I can’t help but smile. Thank you Frank for all the love, laughter, and life lessons you gave us.
March 7, 2021
I’ve known Frank since first grade, I think. We didn’t go to the same school but in those days we went to the same church and worked diligently to get the adults to recognize the worth of requiring good behavior and a Christian education in a couple of energetic six year olds. (But he would have been the leader.) I knew him well or knew of his activities for the last 70 years. In Rotary Frank was a contributor to the rural-urban land use and environmental committees, and was always on the community service committee. His description by the family – of mentor and first responder – is so true: so very willing to invest in others and the first one to get there when the emergency radio called for volunteers. He responded to a lot of people who were suddenly needing help on the pass. It seems he had few interests except that he also took a leadership role – a real contributor that others could have great confidence in. Frank trusted God, and undoubtedly pleased Him greatly as he seemed so often to be taking care of someone else’s need. I am only one of a large number of people who will miss Frank – so many of them who may not even know who it was that responded when they needed help.
March 7, 2021
When I joined the Nile Fire Department, Frank was the one who broke out of the group of strangers and came over to talk to the newcomer. He had a passion for sharing his wide ranging knowledge. He became the mentor who introduced me to the complexities of engines, radios, patient care and the flood of things that a guy had to learn.
It was always great to be on a structure fire with him, or up in hills running a brush truck on a big wildland fire, or set up at a tender pumping canal water to waiting engines. And if there was ever a lull in the action, he always stories and insights to share.
Frank would invite you over to pick some pie cherries, and gave our city kids and grand kids the country chance to pull apples and prunes off his orchard trees.
Even after Frank retired from Fire, he could always help you think through a tough call, and often had ideas that might work better the next time. Or we could sit on the porch to swap stories about dogs and horses, cougars and elk, and those never ending challenges of modern computers.
I miss the steady friendship and grin that Frank was so quick to offer. He was one in a million.
March 6, 2021
My earliest memories of Yakima and Home Drive were of the Freshwater group. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing.
Katherine Lynch Franklin
March 6, 2021
i HAVE SOME FOND MEMORIES OF FRANK FROM OUR DAYS AT EISENHOWER. HIS MOTHER WOULD HAVE BREAKFAST FOR A FEW OF US ON THE SATURDAY MORNINGS FOLLOWING THE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES. HIS FATHER WOULD JOIN THE GROUP AND WE CALLED HIM BIG TIME FOR HIS STORIES AND GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, i WOULD CATCH UP WITH FRANK AND HIS LIFE AT OUR EISENHOWER CLASS REUNIONS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN WITH A HEART OF GOLD AND HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM. JERRY HALVORSEN
March 4, 2021
I am shocked to hear that Frank has passed. Many of my best times during high school and beyond were adventures with Frank and his family. From water skiing every weekend in the summer and skiing every weekend in the winter, coupled with both families sharing great times. My deepest sympathies are with you all at this time of great bereavement. Jim Shirey
March 4, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He holds a special place in my heart and always will. I have so very many memories of Frank and the rest of you that I can't pick just one. I will say that he made it to my wedding (opening day of hunting) when my own Uncle and Aunt couldn't make the time. I can never thank him enough for that. It meant the world to me.
I know God is with all of you and I hope you can find comfort with Him. Love to all of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
March 4, 2021
Frank was a schoolmate, teammate and friend. He had a particularly dry sense of humor - thinking back to high school days - he could tell a joke and never crack a smile. He could urge on a teammate with a hard slap to the helmet with his chin strap. And that could mean either 'good job' or 'straighten up, you idiot'. We sat next to each other in English class and I would laugh more at Frank's antics than I would listen to the teacher. But Frank was no dummy and certainly no slacker. He was a successful businessman and of course excelled at his chosen avocation - that of fighting wildfires. When I last saw and talked with Frank at our fiftieth reunion, he was just as passionate as ever in talking about firefighting techniques and training of young firefighters. He will be missed by all who knew him.