Posted at chronicleonline.com: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, St. Helens, OR
Timothy Wayne Franklin died of natural causes at Legacy Urgent Care in St. Helens on July 31.
He was born on Aug. 21, 1950, in Lynwood, Calif., to parents Benjamin and Geneva Franklin.
Tim’s father was a Church of Christ minister all over Southern California, and Tim became an avid surfer while living there. He graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1968.
After working for a while in his father’s auto parts store, Tim’s love of the outdoors led him to a career in concrete construction. Tim worked in the union in Gresham, Redding, Calif., and San Diego.
In 1992 Tim settled in St. Helens, with his wife of 24 years, Rita Jean, and started his own business, Franklin Concrete Construction.
Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and boating with his family. He was a member of the Columbia River Foursquare Church and a life-long Christian.
His faith in God, his love for people, and his impact on the many relatives, friends and co-workers will make him a dearly missed part of our community. He will not soon be forgotten.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Geneva Franklin.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Franklin, of St. Helens; brother Paul Franklin of St. Helens; brother Ben Franklin of Redding; brother Phil Franklin of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister Cheryl Cousineau of Quebec, Ontario in Canada; daughter Wendy Bates of Eureka, Calif.; son Matthew Franklin and wife Angie, of Redding; son Michael Franklin and wife Leslie, of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter Dana Caffee and husband Aaron, of Scappoose; son Brandon Bennett and wife Raquel, of St. Helens; daughter Chelsea Simons and husband Jonathan, of Tualatin; son Vishnu Rajan of Newport Beach, Calif., and 15 grandchildren.
Memorial donations in loving support of his family may be made online at timfranklinmemorial.chipin.com.
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