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Francis “Frank” Matthieu Forrette
August 27, 1919 – March 17, 2012

Turner – Frank died  on March 17, 2012 in Sublimity Oregon. He was born on August 27th, 1919  three miles west of Stayton Oregon, the only child of Clarence Forrette and Theo Matthieu Forrette. Frank spent his childhood in the Stayton area while his grandparents raised him and saw him graduate from grade school and high school in Stayton. After graduation he attended trade school and in 1941 enlisted in the Army.  He served as a Tank Platoon Leader and a Service Company Commander, while stationed in France during WWII.  He served in the European Theater from 1941 to 1945 and achieved the rank of Major. 

In July of 1944, Frank married Doris Crabtree at her family home in Salem.  Frank and Doris opened Stayton Auto Supply in the summer of 1950 and both worked there until they retired in 1984.  Frank acted as the area Boy Scout Commissioner and spent four years as the Stayton Police Commissioner while serving on the City Council. He was an elder at the Stayton Church of Christ and the Turner Christian Church.  Frank and Doris also helped to found the Stayton Christian School.  In his retirement years he enjoyed  woodworking projects and became quite proficient at wood turning.

 He is survived by Doris (Crabtree) Forrette, his wife of 67 years.  Their two children, Joan (Richard) Morley and Russell (Carol) Forrette, three granddaughters: Ranee Forrette, Cassie Morley and Carrie (Michael) Boschler and two great-grand children: Greta and Conor. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 23rd at 11:30am at the Turner Christian Church. Private interment Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton.  Remembrances can be made in Frank's name to the Stayton Christian School.  Serving the family,  North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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