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Subject: [CAYolo] Charles E. FRANTI (1933-2003) (obit.)
Date: 30 May 2003 17:31:15 -0600

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Charles E. Franti

Charles E. Franti, a professor emeritus at UC Davis, died suddenly at his Davis home on May 26, 2003, of cardiac arrest. He was 70.

He was born April 29, 1933, to John and Ida Franti in Ewen, Mich. After graduating from high school, he earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1955.

His teaching career began at Suomi College in Hancock, Mich., where he taught mathematics, biology and physical education and also coached the men's basketball team. In addition, he taught mathematics at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. He met Carole Joan Wisti, a student at Suomi College, and they married on Aug. 25, 1956.

Franti continued his education during summer breaks, completing master's degrees at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

He received his doctorate in biostatistics from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 1967. He then joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in the department of epidemiology and preventative medicine, continuing his long career as a teacher, researcher and author. Before retiring in 1997, he published more than 200 papers and wrote two books.

Nevertheless, he considered his involvement, along with a group of other dedicated baseball enthusiasts, in the construction of the UC Davis baseball field to be his greatest contribution to the university.

Franti's family described him as a devoted husband and father, sports enthusiast, woodsman and accomplished decoy carver. He enjoyed entering carving competitions and working in the woods on his property in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He also spent one summer volunteering as a docent/handyman at Alaska's Independence State Park.

He is survived by his wife Carole Franti of Davis; five children, Rebecca of West Sacramento, Sara of League City, Texas, Dan of Bozeman, Mont., Michael of San Francisco and Matthew of Woodland; daughter-in-law Tara Franti-Rye; close family friends Lori Mathis, Bill Goss and Stephanie Sanders; two grandsons, Cappy Charles and Ade; five brothers, Dave of Ewen, George of Rhinelander, Wis., Bill of Jesup, Iowa, Bob of Bruce Crossing, Mich., and Dick of Ontonagon, Mich.; four sisters, Nancy Crocker of L'Anse, Mich., Alice Leno of Ewen, Joyce Lehto of Ishpeming, Mich., and Sarah Smedstad of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and 26 nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial service there to celebrate his life Saturday at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, the Health Services Library at UC Davis or a favorite charity.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, May 28, 2003, (Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616, <>;. Please note: I am not related to the family listed above, and I do not have any further information on this family.)

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