Paul Franklin "Frank" Smith
July 14, 1918
Hood River, OR
October 5, 1984
La Grande High School - Oregon (High School)
1939-40 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1940-41 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1946-47 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
Born to Paul and Mabel Smith in Hood River, Oregon, Frank was a basketball player at La Grande High School before heading off to Eastern Oregon College of Education. His education was interrupted by the U.S. Navy. During World War 2, served with the Seabees and was stationed Iceland, and then in Saipan in 1945. He returned to Eastern Oregon and finished his education and played pro basketball with Astoria and the Portland. After getting married, he moved into teaching and coaching.
He married Noreen Hitesman (1925-2016) in 1948 and they had three sons and fiver daughters.
La Grande Observer, June 26, 1945