In Memory

Frank James Wright - Class Of 1939

Frank James Wright

Native Hawaiian, USMC Veteran of World War II, poet, and the voice and strum of the ukulele to his family. Born April 17, 1921 in Oakland, California, son of Kathleen and Frank Cannon of Honolulu, Hawaii. Step-son of Harold Wright of South Pasadena and half-brother to Henry Wright (SPHS '46) and George Wright (SPHS '50). Frank attended Oneonta Elementary School, South Pasadena Junior High School and South Pasadena High School graduating as a five-sport letterman in 1939. Attended Colorado College and University of California Berkeley before becoming a decorated USMC fighter and dive-bomber pilot for two tours in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Married the love of his life, Virginia Mascara in 1943. Virginia and Frank had six children and, for over 50 years, maintained a wonderful home for family and friends in North Hollywood. Virginia and Frank were active in their Christian Science church. They worked and prayed to give the family a good foundation from which the children all excelled in academics, school government and sports. While raising his family, Frank worked for Jordan Construction, ITECO, Lockheed, and Idaho Maryland Corp. He was co-founder and owner of Altius Corporation & Sierra Nevada Crane Company in San Fernando, and prior to retirement, worked for California Buchen Corporation. When his beloved Virginia took ill, Frank called it quits and retired to give his full attention and support to his wife. In 2002, Frank and Virginia moved to Hamilton, Montana, where Virginia passed away. Frank lived in Hamilton until his passing on July 3, 2016. He is survived by all six of his children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He kanaka maikai. Aloha nui loa. "A good man. Much loved."