Donald W. Fraze, 77, a 22-year resident of Baker County, died on December 5, 2012 at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital. He was born in Topeka, KS on April 9, 1935 to the late Donald L. Fraze and Ethel S. Smith. Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army from 1952-1955 as a field radio operator and in the United States Air Force from 1955 -1963 as an electronics technician. He earned an associate of science degree in accounting from Jones Business College in 1976, and for the past eight years he was employed by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office as a crossing guard.
Mr. Fraze was a pastor and minister for 26 years. He enjoyed bowling, playing computer games and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Ralph S. Smith and brother John D. Smith.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lucille K. Fraze; brother Richard (Earlene) Fraze Sr.; sister-in-law Joyce; children Lori M. (Mark) Wilkinson, Robin L. (Tommy) O’Neal, Chris L. (Sheri) Fraze and Wayne D. (Meike) Fraze; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren (three on the way); nieces and nephews and a great-grandchild on the way.
The funeral service for Mr. Fraze was held on Tuesday, December 11 at 11:30 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services with Pastor Shelia Houston officiating. Interment followed at Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for funeral expenses.