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80th Birthday - Frank Martin Anderson

Article Date: 
7 October, 2011 (All day)

 

Frank Martin Anderson celebrated his 80th Birthday at a family party on Friday. He was born 7 Oct. 1931 to Wesley V. Anderson and Helen Brown Anderson in Ogden and has been a life-long resident of Milton. 

He was awarded the “Elementary School Medallion” as the outstanding student at age 12. He graduated from Morgan High School and was chosen to attend Boys’ State in 1949. 

He graduated from Weber State College where he received three “Certificate of Achievement Awards. Frank grew up in a family that cherished beautiful music and was a member of the family orchestra playing for dances at many functions throughout the valley. He played tenor saxophone in the MRS band and Weber State College. 

He was a member of the SPEBSQSA Barbershop Chorus at its heyday in Ogden & Salt Lake, and loved harmony singing. He was also a member of Milton & Morganaires Barbershop Quartet Groups entertaining at many functions, winning best barbershop quartet contest at the Utah State Fair.

He married his sweetheart Lois Dickson, 10 December in the Salt Lake LDS Temple at the height of the Korean War in 1952. They will be celebrating sixty happy years of marriage next year.

After graduating with the highest honor from an Army Elite Heavy Equipment Mechanics School, he was assigned to serve near the Korean DMZ front lines

maintaining Army logistical heavy equipment. When the US Army headquarters base he was assigned to was overrun by North Korean enemy bombardment he was caught in heavy mortar ftre as he tried to rescue the Army’s new trucks. He was about to be reported MIA just when he made it safely back to his unit. His patriotic devotion for his beloved United States and “Old Glory” are unsurpassed. He served as Commander of the local American Legion Post # 67 III which he was awarded the “Annual Americanism Citation” in 1965-66.

His knowledge of mechanics awarded him many opportunities to work as a service manager for several automobile agencies. He retired from HAFB after 22 years maintaining heavy diesel vehicles for the US Air Force.

He enjoys gardening and caring for his beautiful yard, vegetable & flower gardens and is a handy-man that can ftx anything even to building a part for equipment that needs a special ftx. He operates the family high pressure watering system and manages the 139 year old Anderson Family Trust Land in Milton.

He has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having served as President of YM and SS Organizations and teacher in many auxiliaries. 

He was ordained a member of the the 35th Quorum of  in 1961 that began in Nauvoo He was Executive Secretary to several bishoprics and served on the Morgan North Stake High Council.

He and his wife served a mission to the Texas Houston South Mission and together, they served as ordinance workers for eight years in the Ogden Utah Temple.

Frank and Lois are parents of one son John Martin (Camille), and 5 daughters Jeanette VanBeekum (Edward, deceased); Mary Lynn Done (Gene); Diana Noland (Gregory); Laurie Bingham (Elmont); and Carolyn Kendall (Shawn). 25 grandchildren; 18 g-grandchildren and three more due soon.