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Frank Casson

Frank Allen Casson passed away unexpectedly in Bakersfield, Calif., away from his home but surrounded by his family on Sept. 18, 2006. He was 82 years of age.

Born in Kingman on July 20, 1924, to Frank Baptist Casson and Frances Casson, Frank grew up in Kingman and was a resident of Castro Valley, Calif., for the last 48 years. Frank received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from San Jose State University. He taught mathematics for 35 years, first at the Liberty Union High School in Brentwood, Calif., and retired from teaching in 1987 from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, Calif.

During his retirement, Frank and his wife, Claudia, traveled and enjoyed spending time with their family. He was also a master craftsman who particularly enjoyed woodworking.

Frank was a member of many professional associations including the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks No. 468 for 22 years. He was a veteran of World War II where he served honorably in the Navy and received, among other citations, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as a member of a Liberator PB4Y crew.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Claudia Ricca-Casson of Castro Valley; his daughter and their husbands, Carol and Stephen Chaump of Fremont, Calif., Caye and Tim Opsomer of Las Vegas, Caren and Jim Presley of Boulder Creek, Calif., Carla and Harry Oxford of Tyler, Texas; his sister, Kay DeShields of Kingman; grandchildren, Stacie, Steven, Mathew, Benjamin, Heather, Jonathan, Ashley; great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Emma Rose; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and cherished friends. Frank was preceded in death by his brother, William L. Casson. Family memorial services were conducted privately. In his memory, please pass along the unconditional kindness shown by the people in the Bakersfield area who cared for Frank and from his family and friends. We will remember him for his gentle ways, love of living, steadiness, and family devotion.

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