Frank Howard Muterspaw, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 14 in Oakdale.
He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Frank D. and Kathlyn Muterspaw. His parents moved to “The Village,” in San Lorenzo in 1944, and lived there for over 16 years.
Upon his graduation from San Lorenzo High School in 1960, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving four years stationed in Germany where he was an air traffic controller.
He excelled in sports both in high school as quarterback for the varsity football team and pitcher for the varsity baseball team, and the Air Force as quarterback for the 615 TM.
After completing four years in the Air Force, he went into sales while continuing his college education.
Mr. Muterspaw was the Northern California representative for Humko Products, a division of Kraft Foods, and dealt with commodities selling tanker cars of edible fat and oil. After more than 10 years with Humko Products, he went to work for Tri-Valley Growers selling the Libby Lite line and was the West Coast/Hawaii regional sales manager. At this juncture in his career, he decided to go into business for himself and opened a Mail Boxes, Etc. store in the San Jose area. After he sold the store, he became a real estate agent for Gibson Properties, in San Jose and Fred Sands Landmark Properties, in Los Gatos.
He and his wife built a home and moved to St. George, Utah for about two years and then returned to California where they relocated in Oakdale. He opened High Sierra Legal Services and was active in running and participating in the various aspects of the business.
He was a member and Past Master of Willow Glen Lodge No. 676 of Free and Accepted Masons, in San Jose. He was also a member and Past Master of Oakdale Lodge No. 275 of Free and Accepted Masons, as well as a member of Oak Summit No. 112 of Free and Accepted Masons, in Knights Ferry.
Over the years, he enjoyed field trialing German Shorthaired Pointers, the most recent of which was running his dog, Deika, while riding his horse, Coco.
In San Jose, he was a member of the Almaden Country Club for over 20 years, and was a member of the Bloomington Country Club, in St. George, Utah. In Oakdale, he became an active member of the Oakdale Country Club where he made numerous friends. He loved to golf and was always chasing that elusive “hole in one.” He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his ex-wife of 33 years, Carolyn; aunt, Euleada Andrews; and cousins, Barbara Elkins and Betty Ann Jones.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F St., Oakdale.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Sept. 25, 2013