Frank
Frank O. Simon, Jr., a 16-year resident of Torrance and 40-year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away Saturday April 2, 2016 in Torrance. Frank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mardell, daughter Shan, and grandchildren Andrea and Chris Cavoretto. Frank was born in Oxford Nebraska to Elisabeth and Frank O Simon in 1930. Frank and his family moved to Pennsylvania where he attended high school and played football. The family returned to Nebraska where Frank attended the University of Nebraska. He was a walk-on to the football team and played in the 1949 season. He was granted an athletic scholarship the following year. He was a star running back on the 1951 championship team. He played in the 1952 East-West game that same year. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but elected to not play professional football due to sports injuries. He enlisted the Army in 1952 and was trained in temporary construction and demolition. Once in Korea, he was a secretary to a Staff Sargent whose main duty was to obtain supplies from the local population. Upon his return and discharge, he married his college sweetheart Mardell and settled down to teaching in Nebraska in 1954. 1956 brought the birth of their only child, their daughter Shan. Frank and his wife moved to California to improve their economic and job opportunities with the Torrance Unified School District. Frank taught Biology and Life Science classes for over 30 years with the district. He was also known for his coaching abilities, having coached the "B" football team for almost 15 years with a C.I.F. championship team in the mid '60s. Frank's brother and sister-in-law introduced Frank and the family to camping. Frank enjoyed being out with nature and the elements. Later, they expanded their adventures to include fishing and water skiing. Frank enjoyed doing both a great deal. In his later years, Frank and his wife traveled the globe, cruising through the Panama Canal, venturing through China, touring through Europe by bus, sailing the Mediterranean, and walking the streets of London. Frank also loved to golf. He and friends got together playing twice a week. Frank had a passion for college football, watching all he could every Saturday. Prior to his daughter attending USC, the family attended the Trojan home games regularly, becoming season ticket holders for many years. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services or memorial. We would be honored if In lieu of flowers and cards, a donation to the University of Nebraska or your favorite veterans charity was made.

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  1. Coach Frank Simon was a wonderful guy. Gentle and kind and empathetic and supportive.

    A striking contrast to a number of €œbullies” that were entrusted with the position of coaching young men in team sports at THS.

    He was the football coach of the B football team in the autumn on 1969, when I was part of the team. Now, it€™s no secret to anybody who knew me at that time that I was not any kind of star/starter in the ensemble but I did have a spot on the team as a running back and one day, in the practice scrimmaging, which we did four or five afternoons a week on the grass field in back of the large gym (which was being rebuilt that year), the quarterback €œhanded off€ the ball to me a few times and I actually carried the ball across the goal line, evading the guys on the defensive squad. Because there were so many guys on the team, and because there were so many things happening on that practice field, I wasn€™t aware that the head coach even so much as caught sight of my feats.

    However, as we were packing up the gear and walking back to locker room €” and it was getting dusky €” gentle and tall Coach Simon approached me and started to walk next to me and he looked at me and said €œHow many touchdowns did you make today, Speed?€

    And I felt so much joy and confirmation in this quiet approbation. It made it all worth it for me.

    He knew how to offer praise, Coach Simon. He knew how to make a young guy feel like being on his team was the Right Place to Be.

    I lift my glass and toast to dear Coach Simon €

    Rest in Peace!

    with kindness and respect,

    Dan Marmorstein

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