Frank Lillef

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

July 24, 1928- Septem­ber 10, 2018

Frank Lillef, Jr. passed away at home in Daly City at the age of 90. He was a na­tive San Fran­cis­can born July 24, 1928 to Frank Sr. and Ida Lillef who were im­mi­grants from Es­to­nia.

Beloved hus­band of pre­de­ceased Helmi, fa­ther of Deb­o­rah and John, Grand­fa­ther of Jes­sica and Cor­po­ral Christo­pher John­son, USMC, his wife Lau­ren and great grand­fa­ther to their chil­dren Chloe and Troy.

Frank was con­sid­ered a multi-tal­ented vis­ual artist from the Mis­sion. Af­ter serv­ing in the Army, he stud­ied at the Cal­i­for­nia Col­lege of the Arts and went on to at­tain a Mas­ter of Fine Arts de­gree from UC Berke­ley un­der no­table artists Richard Diebenkorn, Chiura Obata and Mark Rothko. Frank shared his ta­lents with his com­mu­nity by be­ing one of the found­ing in­struc­tors of the Ruth Osawa School of the Arts High School, and he en­thu­si­as­ti­cally taught fine arts and pho­tog­ra­phy for 50 years in the San Fran­cisco Uni­fied School District. His work and prodi­gious out­put re­flect his ap­ti­tude in a di­verse range of styles and me­dia in­clud­ing paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, draw­ing, print­mak­ing, sculp­ture and col­lage.

Frank en­joyed all as­pects of life in­clud­ing mu­sic, dance, food, wine and gar­den­ing just to name a few. His true pas­sion in life was pho­tog­ra­phy and he cap­tured all as­pects of it; his cam­era was al­ways with him as most of us know. He en­joyed sports and was him­self an avid fish­er­man, abalone diver and snow skier. He en­joyed noth­ing more than a day spent out “the Golden Gate” with Skip­per Sam, fish­ing for salmon, shar­ing his bounty with fam­ily and friends. He was well-trav­eled, and his fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions were Cal­is­toga, Lake Ta­hoe and the Rus­sian River. He loved kids and most of us will re­mem­ber the count­less trips to art mu­se­ums, the S.F. Zoo and en­joy­ment of the out­doors.

The fam­ily wishes to ex­press their deep­est grat­i­tude and eter­nal ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Irene, Manolo, Pinky, Marie, Nestor, Cae­sar, the staff at Pacifica Re­hab, neigh­bors, friends, and many oth­ers for their love, care, and kind­ness pro­vided over the past months.

Ser­vices will be held on Septem­ber 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Dug­gan’s Serra Mor­tu­ary, 500 West­lake Av­enue, Daly City, CA 94014.

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