Frank Deits died peacefully in April, preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 48 years. When Mary met him, she called it love at first sight – of his TR4 Triumph sports car.
His mother used to say that as a youngster, he could take a light socket apart with a screwdriver and put it back together again before he could walk. He built his first radio at the age of seven and was the youngest person in Lakewood to have a ham radio operator’s license.
Born June 15, 1930, Frank lived in Ridgecrest in the late 1950s, mid-1960s to mid-1970s and, a desert lover at heart, returned to stay in 1999. He pursued his many and varied interests in careers that included missile testing at White Sands and China Lake, selling real estate in Northern California and teaching electronics and computer science at Idaho State University and Pima Community College. He launched his own company and developed breakthrough biofeedback equipment that made him and Mary, a counselor specializing in biofeedback, respected figures in the biofeedback community.
When Mary had a major stroke, he helped her write and publish the book “My Exciting Stroke” that documented her road to recovery.
Outside of work, Frank became an avid pilot, led a weekly youth group with the United Methodist Church, assisted famed evangelist/missionary Dr. E. Stanley Jones for a number of years by running sound systems and recording messages, and enthusiastically participated in the 1960s movement toward self-awareness – a focus that remained with him for the rest of his life. In his later years he immersed himself in activities with online communities, such as a pacemaker club where patients from around the world sought his advice. Additionally he enjoyed involvement with the four-wheel drive club, China Lake Photographic Society, Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert and Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club. In a reading at the Ridge Writers holiday party last December he said, “I’ve done everything I wanted to do and loved the adventure.”
Frank is survived by a brother, Bob; a daughter, Patti; a son, John; and a granddaughter, Gwen.
Written by Donna McCrohan RosenthalStory First Published: 2013-05-08