|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2008|
The Honorable Franklin James Mitchell, Jr., a retired Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, stepped out of time and into his eternal rest peacefully at his home in Cathedral City, Ca., surrounded by his family.
Frank was a native Californian, born 70 years ago in the city of San Francisco.
He graduated from Carlmont High School in 1955 and recently attended his 50th high school reunion on a cruise in 2005. Frank earned his B.A. degree at San Francisco State College in 1960 and then graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1963. He was admitted to the California State Bar on January 7, 1964 and would serve the field of law for the next 40 plus years though he also served in the military for a time as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve in the 1960s.
Governor Deukmejian appointed Frank to the Municipal Court on September 23, 1983 and he was subsequently elevated to San Diego Superior Court on October 10, 1985. He won multiple re-elections until his retirement in 1999.
Frank's early career spanned many counties in California including his work as an Assistant City Attorney in San Carlos, and then later in private practice in San Carlos and South Lake Tahoe. Frank served the County of Fresno in the roles of Assistant District Attorney and Supervising Attorney handling prosecutions for the trial department.
He also had private law practices in San Luis Obispo and Cambria, and then served the Supervising Defense Counsel for the California Farm Bureau Federation's Southern California office in Tustin, Ca. as a specialist in general casualty defense.
Over the years, Frank was involved in community service activities including such organizations as the Rotary, Elks, Boys Club and Chambers of Commerce.
Fascinated with politics in general and the law, Frank also taught foundational courses in law and political science at many colleges including Humphries College School of Law.
Frank was an avid football fan and he loved the San Diego Chargers. Frank also enjoyed the outdoors during his lifetime as boating, skiing, hiking and camping were activities he always enjoyed and shared with his family.
Frank loved animals and throughout his life always had a dog. Lizzie, the last in a long line of faithful companions, was at his side protecting him to the very end.
Frank was a lifetime Lutheran and belonged to many Lutheran churches throughout California. He served as President of Church Council at Hope Lutheran Church in Vista.
Frank always lived life to its fullest and his family and friends considered him a blessing in their lives. He will be deeply missed.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin James Mitchell, Sr. and Ellie Mary Olson.
He is survived by Linda, his wife of 18 years; sister, Marilyn Stewart of Chico; sons Franklin and his wife Emily of San Diego, and Christopher and his wife Tammy of Temecula; daughters, Stephanie Glandon and her husband Bob of Fresno, Leslie Tipp and her husband Justin of Del Mar, Chandra Bockoven of Fresno, Marcy L. Martin of Fresno, and Danielle Buscemi of Palm Springs; and nephews, David and Jeffrey Stewart of Chico. Frank was also blessed with 12 grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Wiefels Mortuary in Palm Springs with burial at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City. A Memorial Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church at 45-900 Portola Road, Palm Desert, Ca. on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that a donation be made to Lutheran Social Services.
Published in the Fresno Bee on 4/23/2008.
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