Frank Arlen Newlin

Frank Arlen Newlin, 83, of Florence, passed away peacefully Feb. 16, 2017. Frank was born March 18, 1933, in his grandparents’ home on the property of a cemetery in Watseka, Ill., beginning his future amid the past. After a few years in Chicago, Ill., the family moved west to Fontana, Calif., where he graduated from Chaffey High School in 1950. He joined the U.S. Army and served two years in Trieste, Italy. He returned to California, where he met and married his beloved first wife, Sandra R. Hudson. They moved to Running Springs, Calif., until his retirement from the phone company in 1988. While living in the small mountain community, he volunteered his time as a fire department captain and coached many of his children’s sports teams. He was an observant pupil of nature, which brought them to the beautiful town of Florence in 1989. His love for adventure and science fiction made him a universal traveler. Among many hobbies were his harmonica, music, fitness and sports, hiking, mushrooming and time with friends. He was a loyal fan of the Ducks and Cowboys. He balanced fortune’s misfortune with an honest hand, tasteful humor, an ear for talk and a clear vision of values, which he lovingly imparted to his children. He is survived by his wife, Elaine J. Newlin; two sons: Craig (Kathi), Keith (Donna); and daughter Kerry (Bruce); three grandsons: Eric, Luc and Andre; two granddaughters, Amie and Kellie; and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Sandra; and brother, Vernon. A poem about Frank as a baby written by his grandfather concludes with the words- “...Then I tiptoe over easy, just to get a little peep, and I find our little rascal, in the corner fast asleep.” He has requested no services or burial, but rather have his ashes scattered amongst the dunes in Florence. Frank gave to many charities. The Southern Poverty Law Center was his favorite. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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