Frank Steward Jr.

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Frank Steward Jr.

California resident Frank Steward Jr. died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, near Hesperus. He was 65. The cause of death was vehicular homicide when the Stewards’ motorcycle was hit by a car. Mr. Steward’s wife of 44 years, Jesi, was also killed in the incident.

The Stewards were en route to Kansas City, where their son Frank Steward III was retiring after 20 years in the Army and graduating from college at the same time.

Mr. Steward was born to Jeanette and Frank Steward Sr., on Nov. 6, 1946, in Fresno, Calif. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

On Sept. 3, 1967, he married Jesi Newman in Fresno.

Mr. Steward worked as a civilian in personnel for the Air Force for 30 years. His work took the Steward family many places, including Yokota, Japan, from 1988 to 1990.

In his retirement, he became an accomplished woodcarver, creating mostly masks and totem poles in the manner of Northwestern Native American tribes.

Mr. Steward was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson. He took many road trips, both with his wife and with friends.

Mr. Steward is survived by his sons Frank Steward III of Yakima, Wash., Adam Steward of Las Vegas and Eric Steward of Carmichael, Calif.; mother, Jeanette Steward, of Coarsegold, Calif.; and five granddaughters and one grandson.

A gathering will be held at noon Saturday, June 9, 2012, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe across from the couple’s home.