Frank Holguin, 88, beloved husband, father, brother, friend and most importantly “Papa,” passed away on March 14, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California.

Frank was born in Santa Barbara on May 11, 1922. He attended Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School.

After high school, he joined the California Conservation Corp and served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945, he was in the 12th Armor Division Hellcats and fought in World War II.

He worked for the City of Santa Barbara Water Department for 14 years. In the mid 1950s he became Athletic Equipment Manager at Santa Barbara City College; retiring after 23 years.

In 1986 he moved to Weed, California and became Equipment Manager at College of the Siskiyous, working for 15 years before retiring full time.

In 1985 Frank was inducted in the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame where he received the Special Achievement Award. In 2008 he was inducted into the College of Siskiyous Hall of Fame.

Frank enjoyed the simple things in life like watching sports, fishing, playing cards, gardening, going to the casino, but nothing more important than spending time with his family. He loved to have barbecues, tell jokes, and tell his grandchildren stories about how he wrestled tigers and tickled bears.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara; sons, John Holguin, George (Esther) Holguin, Richard Holguin; daughters, Mary (Mark) Mazzoni, Polly (John) Sanchez; two sisters, Frances Holguin and Margaret Mercado; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret Holguin; brother, George Jr.; sisters, Carmelita and Eleanor; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Briana and Cori Jean.
The family thanks the staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for their outstanding care and hospitality at this difficult time.

Funeral mass was Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.