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Frank Nourse Youngman Jr.

August 10, 1923 ~ June 14, 2021 (age 97)


Frank was born in 1923 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Marie Leavens and Frank Nourse Youngman. Frank lived with his family in Vancouver, B.C. until 1932 when they moved to Portland, Ore. He attended Riverdale, Ainsworth, and Lincoln High School in Portland. He graduated from Lakeside School in Seattle. Following a year at Dartmouth College, he transferred to the University of Washington for the U.S. Navy’s V12 program. He joined Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and became president. After graduation he became an Ensign in the Navy and served on the Destroyer Escort USS Buckley DE-51 as a Combat Information Center Officer, Lieutenant JG. In 1944 he married Marilyn Truby Crawford. After WWII, they settled in Portland, Ore., and started a family. Frank went to work for the American Can Company and later for the Great Western Chemical Company in sales. In 1973 he started his own business selling metal finishing equipment and supplies, naming it after himself: The Frank N. Youngman Co.

Always interested in sports and the outdoors, Frank was an Eagle Scout and a Scout Master. He played basketball and volleyball in school, and for many years afterward. He was an excellent fly fisherman and waterfowl hunter, as well as an avid gardener. He enjoyed being a member of the Racquet Club, the Arlington Club, and was also a long time member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, where he played competitive volleyball. He was a charter member of the Fly Fisher’s Club of Oregon and the Deer Island Duck Club. He was also an original member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and worshipped there all his life. All seven of his children graduated from STM.

He served as an advisory board member of the Providence Child Center. A lifelong Republican, he served as a precinct committeeman. In recent years he and his wife resided at The Willamette View Retirement Community.

A devoted husband and beloved father, Frank is survived by daughters, Beth Baylin (Eric) of Brooklyn N.Y., Patricia Smith (Stamford) of Langley, Wash., Marilyn Blick (Andrew) of Danville, Calif.; sons, Frank Youngman III (Mary) of San Diego, Calif., James Youngman (Kathryn) of Pendleton, Ore., and John Youngman of Portland; and 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Susan Long, in 1992. His sister, Mary Holland died in 1971. His wife of 76 years, Marilyn, passed way earlier this year. Private family burial. The family suggests contributions to St. Thomas More Church or the Willamette View Retirement Community’s Blue Heron Foundation.

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