--> Frank Moravec Obituary

Frank Moravec
May 16, 1925 - May 10, 2015
C. Lucille Griffin Photospacer.gif Moravec, Frank 05/16/1925 ~ 05/10/2015 OCEANSIDE

Frank was born in Caldwell, Texas, son of Frank and Milady Moravec. He spent his informative years in Texas and like many of the young men of the 40's, he joined the service.

He joined the Marines in 1943 and did training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton. Frank at 19 years old was assigned to the 5th Marine Division and landed on February 19, 1945 on the Island of Iwo Jima, day 1 fifth assault. Wounded days later, he returned to combat until March 26.

Frank returned to Texas and worked a short time for the railroad, but Korea pulled him back to his loved Marines. He did tours in Korea and Vietnam. Frank never left the Marines, he just retired.

Retiring in 1967, he took a civil service job at Camp Pendleton and worked another 20 years. He then started his quest to help veterans. He was an active member in the Disabled American Veterans, the Purple Heart Association, the Iwo Jima Association, the Oceanside Veterans Association and numerous other groups that helped the Marine Corps, which he was so very proud to be a part of.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Mary Fish; and brother, Edwin Moravec. He is survived by his step-daughter, Jackie Guest; grandchildren, Matt and Danielle; and his great-granddaughters, Taylor Williams and Summer Guest; brother, George Moravec; sisters, Martha Jones and Gladys West; and by countless neighbors and friends who respected the proud Patriot and his love of life.

Frank welcomed the winter season, (the later years) with aches and pains, but seldom ever complained. He accomplished what was important to him. He took care of family and adopted neighborhood families. He was a brother, a father, a grandfather, a great- grandfather and a friend to those he loved. Life was a gift to Frank and the way in which he lived his life was a gift to all of us who knew him. Frank didn't regret growing older, as he knew first hand that it was a privilege denied to many! Frank lived by this quote, "It's not what you gather in life, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived." Frank scattered his love, his patriotism and his devotion to many. Frank loved the little people in the neighborhood and his special sayings to them were, "Well, hello little buddy" and "I'm gonna get your toes." Hopefully, they will remember the joy they brought to the "neighborhood grandpa."

Services, with full military honors, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

Published in U-T San Diego on May 17, 2015. 
Published online on May 12, 2015 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.

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Frank Moravec joined NARFE on 5-23-1994. He was a chapter 706 member for over eighteen years. He dropped his membership in March of 2012.