Lt. Col. Frank L. Bohn, USAF Retired, died March
23, 2010 at his home in Escazu, Costa Rica at the age of 89, leaving
a legacy of his dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, education,
hard work, and commitment to family.
He married Marian Elizabeth Duggan February 16,
1943. She preceded him in death July 26, 1989. He married Alice
Centeno Martin of San Jose, Costa Rica May 14, 1994.
Frank is survived by his wife Alice Bohn; children
Barbara (Greg) Canavan of Los Alamos, NM, Marilyn (Tilford) Harp
of Albuquerque, NM, Kristi McHugh (Robert) of Prescott, AZ, Roy
(Laura) Bohn of Los Alamos, NM; grand children John Canavan, Heather
Canavan, Erik Harp, Adam Harp, Shawn McHugh, Jessie Bohn; great
grand children, Saeble Harp, McKynah Harp, his sisters Alice Veazie,
Gloria (Frances) Lorette; step children Christian Hangen, Ingrid
(Jordi) Triquell, Erika (Edgardo) Gamboa; step grandchildren Montserrat
Triquell, Santiago Triquell, Rafael Aguilar, Javier Gamboa, Daniel
Gamboa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marian Elizabeth
Bohn, his sister Hazel Wadsworth and his parents Fred and Hazel
Frank lived an amazing life. He was born to
Hazel Bohn (Learned) in Hackensack, New Jersey May 9, 1920.
He lived in New Jersey and in Rockland Maine most of his school
years. He joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
He became a fighter pilot during WWII serving in the North Africa
Campaign and protecting the Panama Canal. After WW II he lived
in Rockland Maine, and worked as a fisherman off the Newfoundland
Banks. He was recalled to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
Conflict and worked in base operation in Arizona, Texas, Iowa,
Missouri, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Viet Nam, and New
Mexico. While stationed at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ he flew the
early jets and wrote flight manuals for the new jet planes, as
well as giving flight shows to the public. He was a precursor
to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. While stationed at Bent Waters
Air Force Base, England with the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron,
he served as Operations Officer. He was brought to the U. S. Air
Force Academy to plan and implement the air field for cadet training.
He retired from Kirtland Air Base in Albuquerque and resided in
Albuquerque, New Mexico until moving to Costa Rica.
He was nick named the walking Encyclopedia, he was
able accurately retrieve all types of information from 20 years
ago to the present. He did extensive genealogical research, he
was active in the 512th FIS reunions, loved wood working, his
pets and he loved attending his children’s and grand children’s
Frank leaves behind a far-reaching community of
family and friends who cherished his wit, his stories of unusual
life experiences, his gift of solving any problem, and dedication
to those he loved. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Burial was at Jardines del Recuerdo, San Jose, Costa
Memorial contributions may be made to a children’s
or military charity of choice in Frank’s name.