Clifford Frantz

Obituary for 4/3/14 of the Sierra Star

April 2, 2014 

Clifford Frantz died March 29, 2014 at the age of 98.

Mr. Frantz was born in Kansas but lived in California since he was two years old. His father was a pastor at Church of the Brethren in Empire and his mother took care of the home and their eight children.

He married Ruth McDonald in 1938. They had three daughters: Phyllis, Roberta and Linda.

Mr. Frantz accepted a teaching position at Sierra High School in 1941, moved on to positions of vice principal and principal and when he retired in 1972, he held the position of Superintendent of the school district. He loved the school and he loved the foothills especially the hunting and fishing. The high school football stadium was named Frantz stadium in his honor.

Following the passing of his wife in 1979 Mr. Frantz married Ethyl Longcor in 1986. He became known for taking the burls from buckeye trees and turning them into beautiful tables and lamps. He also took up refinishing furniture and many foothill residents have his beautifully restored pieces in their homes today .

He enjoyed attending community events and the all-class reunions. He was honored at one such reunion when it was dedicated to him. He was also honored when the community threw him a giant birthday party when he turned 83. He was friends with people all over the foothill and mountain community—including those he worked with over the years, former students, parents of former students, and the children of former students. He loved getting together with them to reminisce and talk about old times.

Mr. Frantz is survived by his wife Ethyl, daughters Phyllis Hellar, Roberta Orique and her husband Rich, Linda Weese, Ethyls's daughter Janice Regan and her husband Jack, son Jeff Scott and his wife Corky, and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

At his request there will be no services as he remembered being honored by the community several times during his life time. The family wishes to respect his request.