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WIDMAN, Franklin Darryl
WIDMAN, Franklin Darryl Passed away quietly at his home in Lancaster, Calif., on January 30, 2015 after a long illness. Frank was born during a snowstorm in Pittsburgh, Pa. in November of 1950. He moved to Lancaster as a child and lived most of the rest of his life in the town he loved. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School in 1968 and managed 7-11 stores before working 25 years as a janitor at Antelope Valley College, where he was affectionately known as the 'zookeeper' of the arts quad. His work there made him an active participant in the life of the college, including an occasional bit part on stage (his stage credits include Godot in 'Waiting For Godot'). Frank was a singer/songwriter and loved bowling, CB & shortwave radio, loud clothing, coffee, and was tragically loyal to his Pittsburgh Pirates. He despised blandness, subtlety, and seriousness. For Frank 'being different' was both a way of life and a political belief. He had a brash sense of humor, was generous to a fault, and never failed to say 'I love you' after a phone call to his kids. He loved children; after raising his four stepsons, he remarried and raised a stepdaughter from age 10. Preceding him in death was his mother Virginia Franklin and siblings Georgianna Yochum, Virginia Yochum, and Paul Yochum. He never knew his father. He is survived by his wife Graciela Bielma, former wife Jean Nasser, and stepchildren Paul Widman, Patrick Hall, James Hall, Michael Hall, and Esmeralda Bielma. A celebration of Frank's life will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Lancaster. The time and location are still pending but will be posted on Frank's Dignity Memorial site at The world will be a more boring place without Frank.

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