Archie Frazer

Obituary of Archie Frazer

Archie Lee Frazer passed away Friday, December 22nd surrounded by his family. An ever-devoted and loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife Louise and seven children: Terry Gardner, Sam Frazer, Dan Frazer, Steve Frazer, Mitch Frazer, Barbara Rumsby, and Beth Aguilar. Archie has sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Archie was born in Hermondale, Missouri, the oldest child of Everett Andrew Frazer and Ora LaVenia Reams. Drafted at age 19 into World War II, he served in India and China as an Army Air Corps cryptographer and communications specialist in the 14th Air Force, where he flew “The Hump” with the Flying Tigers and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. He took deep pride in his service to his country, particularly his last month in Chungking, when he helped Nationalist soldiers escape the newly reignited Chinese Civil War.

After the war, he worked in Chicago and then Memphis, where he met and married Louise Mathis. They moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, initially living in San Francisco, then East Palo Alto, and finally the current family home in Los Altos. There he became a vibrant part of his neighborhood, never missing an opportunity to get to know his neighbors. Archie had friends from all over the world and frequently hosted exchange students and international families. For most of his professional career, Archie was a logistician for major construction projects including the Riyadh Airport in Saudi Arabia and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System underwater trans-bay tube.  

Archie was a devout member of St. William’s Catholic Parish and a life-long member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed taking part in the Catholic community, and activities including Church on Sunday and the annual Knights of Columbus crab feed. He volunteered for decades at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital where he assisted severely handicapped veterans into mass. He loved music too and sang in the choir at St. Francis Church in East Palo Alto. Few things were more important to him than seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren receive Catholic sacraments and experience Catholic traditions.

Ever the farmer, Archie grew everything from corn to cotton on his ¼ acre lot. But nothing made Archie happier than the atmosphere in his house when his family were visiting and enjoying themselves, playing Skip-Bo, dominoes, and card games around the kitchen table.

At 94 years old, Archie was full of life, good humor, and good advice. We will miss him dearly.