Frank Sayre Huntting died on January 4, 1998, just 16 days short of his 88th birthday. He is at rest and at peace following a long illness and pneumonia.
Sayre is survived by his wife of 64 years, Roberta Jackson Huntting (Bobbe); son Stanley of Boulder, CO; daughters Judy Griffin of Anacortes, WA and Marcia Walker of Rocklin; 12/15/16 grandchildren, and 18/21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Dennis and brothers Samuel Burrows and Earl.
Sayre is a native Californian who was born in his Alameda home, January 20, 1910. His first job was as a paper boy with his brothers, delivering their papers from their father’s Model-T Ford, even though they were years too young for a driver’s license. Depression years employment included gold panner, Bay Bridge construction worker and upholsterer. Sayre was a career federal employee transferring to the newly-opened McClellan AFB in 1938? and retiring from there in 1967? .
Highlights of he and Bobbe’s years together include Cub Scouts, USA; Flagship Mariners at First Presbyterian Church, Roseville; Roseville Rock Rollers, Fossils For Fun and other rockhounding organizations; and the Sacramento African Violet Society and other gesneriad connections.
As a youth in Alameda, Sayre was a junior leader in a pilot program which led to the creation of the Cub Scouting. When he settled in Placer County in 1938? he started Cub Scouts in Roseville. He holds the Silver Bear Award as does his daughter Judy, and has two grandsons who matched his Eagle Scout rating.
Sayre and Bobbe helped form the Flagship Mariners in 1940. (Are you sure it wasn’t 1939, Gladys?—that’s an insiders joke.) Sayre was a vital part of the group’s annual sponsorship of the Roseville Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service for 30 years, organized a 25 year reunion of Flagship, and vigorously helped raise the funds for new church hymnals in the early 70’s under the leadership of Rev. David Tritenbach.
Sayre searched and researched rocks, fossils and volcanoes in all the western states and enjoyed sharing his knowledge by lecturing at club meeting—wherever he was invited! He was the first recipient of the Filbrook Award for the top trophy case from the American River Gem and Mineral Club in 19 . Upon first stepping into their living room, one becomes aware of their many trophies and awards, prominently displayed on one wall.
Some of those awards, however, are from more recent competitions in a different medium. From the ultra-hard surface of a fossilized dinosaur, we move to the soft, delicate leaves and blossoms of African Violets, another of Sayre and Bobbe’s loves. This hobby more aptly fit their love for research and competition while accommodating the increasing limitations of their physical bodies.
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