Saturday, August 23, 2014

Frank La Mar Workman 1925 - 2014

Frank was born on 14 October 1925 in Utah. He had three older sisters. Frank's father, Frank Jacob Workman was in construction in 1930 and his mother Lucie or Lucy, who was born in Idaho, attended beauty college in Long Beach.  By1940 his father is a postal worker in LA and they live on East 23rd Street in Los Angeles.

His father died in 1975 and mother in 1991. 

Frank attended Glendale College in 1948 and graduated from the Southern California Optometrist College in 1951.

He was married to Darlene who was also his office assistant for a time.  She had heart problems and died between 1967 and 1969.

From an old stake MLS printout from 1991 it shows Frank's birthdate at 14 Oct 1925.  Also, it shows his full name as FRANK LA MAR WORKMAN

"I am going on memory that is not always reliable. I think his first wife had valves replaced in her heart and refused to have it done a second time and died when the first set needed to be replaced. He had a daughter about my age (born about 1950)but I did not know her very well. I remember being in his office, when Dad picked up his glasses." MG He married Barbara Wadman in 1969 and divorced Barbara in 1976.   For a time in the 1970's James Gardiner home taught the family.  His wife remembers Barbara as a fancy dresser who liked make up.

He later married Toni.  He and Toni lived on Whittier Drive in La Crescenta and they were still married when he retired and moved to San Luis Obispo, CA.

His optometry office changed locations over the years.  Here is one listing:

Workman Frank L Dr Optmtrst Bs
330 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone : (818) 243-7321

In 2010 he was a poll worker during elections in San Luis Obispo, CA.  He was also a member of Lion's Club, San Luis Obispo

FRANK WORKMAN, 88, of Arroyo Grande, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was 88 years old. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.  He was buried the 27th of January, 2014 and is buried in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.  Section Q Row H Lot 7. 

Note: Frank Workman currently lives in Arroyo Grande , CA. Before that, Frank lived in Glendale , CA. Frank is related:

Workman, Frank L Dr
  • Workman, Marie
  • Workman, Toni
  • Workman, Olivmari C
  • Workman, Maile S
  • Workman, Burkard Robert

Address at time of death:
Frank L Workman
1571 Vista Grande Ln
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 474-0425 - See more at:
Frank L Workman
1571 Vista Grande Ln
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 474-0425

Estimated value 1m, 5 acres:

Frank L Workman
1571 Vista Grande Ln
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 474-0425 - See more at:
Frank L Workman
1571 Vista Grande Ln
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 474-0425 - See more at:

Children: unknown. 

 Father's obit SL Tribune 1975

 Valley View Memorial Park, SLC:

Information on Frank's mother:


Name: Lucy Coila Simpson
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1896
Birth Place: Goose Creek, Cassia, Idaho, USA
Father Name: George Pruce Simpson
Father Birth Place: Utah
Mother Name: Mary Elizabeth Hardy
Mother Birth Place: Utah
Certificate Year: 1896
Certificate Number: D63-0275

 1920 census:

Name: Lucia C Workman
[Lucia C Wardman] 
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Idaho
Home in 1920: Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Street: North Grant Ave.
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Frank J Workman
Father's Birthplace: Utah
Mother's Birthplace: Utah
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank J Workman 27
Lucia C Workman 24
Ardena M Workman


Name: Lucy C Workman
[Lucy C Simpson] 
Social Security #: 594322311
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1896
Birth Place: Idaho
Death Date: 10 Nov 1991
Death Place: San Bernardino
Mother's Maiden Name: Hardy
Father's Surname: Simpson

The 229 N Central address is where his office was according to B.F.


1930 census

1940 census

1948 Glendale Directory

1948 Glendale Directory

 Frank Workman, 1948, Glendale College

1951 Glendale City Directory: Apparently Darlene is his wife and dental assistant for both himself and Dr WW Warriner.  His parents, Frank and Lucy live above the office.

1954 Frank's parents live at 613 B South Pacific Avenue and he lives with Darlene (heart problems) at 314 S Orange, and his office is at114 S. Orange.  Darlene dies sometime between 1954 and 1969 when Frank remarries.

1954 Glendale Directory
1957 Glendale City Directory:

1960 Glendale City Directory

1962 Glendale City Directory:

 1964 Glendale City Directory:

1967 Glendale City Directory, still with Darlene: 110 W Broadway St Pm 218

1977 Glendale City Directory: His office has changed to 229 N Central, rm 202

1977 Glendale Directory

1969 marriage, the dates of the next two entries matches but the names appear to be transposed

1976 Divorce

2005 Frank L. Workman gives $100 to SCCO Annual Fund givers: Southern California College of Optometry

The ** means 100 dollars and the 10 means the past years giving.

2007 Still giving:

 2010 Poll worker in San Luis Obispo

Member of Lion's Club, San Luis Obispo

Death: 21 January 2014, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, California, United States (see last listing)