Frank Newman Jr.
Monday , October 08, 2012 - 12:13 PM
Frank E. Newman Jr. of Ogden celebrated his 90th birthday with two hours of tennis at the WSU courts, 18 holes of golf at the Round Valley Golf Course, an hour of volleyball and dinner with his family on Sept. 29.
He was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Ogden to Frank E. Newman and Ana Lucile Wright Newman. He married Kathleen Taylor on March 17, 1951, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cardston Alberta Canada Temple.
He grew up in Ogden, graduating from Ogden High School in 1940. In 1943, he joined the Navy Air Force, where he trained as a night fighter and flew the Navy F6F Hellcat, completing many dangerous night takeoffs and landings on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. After the war, he continued in the Reserve, achieving the rank of lieutenant senior grade. He served a mission to the Northern States and graduated from the University of Utah in 1952. He worked for the forest service in Alaska and as an air traffic controller at the Salt Lake City International Airport. The rest of his career was spent at Gibbons and Reed Construction, retiring in 1984.
He has served in many capacities of the Ogden 33rd/Taylor Canyon Ward. He and Kathleen served a mission in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. He enjoyed squash, handball, tennis and skiing. He currently golfs any day the weather will permit.
Their children and spouses are Linda and Kent Mecham, Margaret and Michael Tribe, Taylor and Nila Newman, and Sylvia Newman and Robert Fudge. They have 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.