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Frank Hazen Dies

1918 - 2002

Frank Hazen died on Monday November 25, 2002 in Tacoma, Washington.

Born February 25, 1918 in Omaha, Nebraska Mr. Hazen was the third child of Marie and George Hazen. The Hazen family moved to Tacoma in 1930.

He attended Puyallup High School, graduating in 1938. Although small in size , he was a star football player and served proudly as co-captain of the ?Vikings? who won the 1937 Conference Title. For Frank?s leadership, ability and tenacity, he was awarded the game football.

After graduation, he embarked on a sales career which was interrupted by service in the Navy in WWII. His postings including the Aleutian Islands. He received a commendation for helping rescue a Navy tugboat. Near the close of the war, the Navy sent him to the East Coast for deep sea diver training.

After his release from the Navy, he resumed a sales career . Later, seeking work as a diver, he signed with a dredging company and started a life long career in the dredging industry. He served as dredge superintendent for the industry all over the world including Alaska, Central and South America, Asia , Australia ,Africa as well as the United States. Dredging for the United Nations in South Korea , he became friends with Dr. Louise Yim, Korean freedom fighter and President of Chung- Ang University in Seoul. In 1966, he received an honorary degree from the University for his services to the school.

He married Ligia Piedrahita of Medellin, Colombia in 1961.

In 1980 , he founded Hazen Tide Gauge International in Tacoma. HTG manufactured electronic tide gauges for dredges. His tide gauges were sold world wide to the industry and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At a time when most men retire, Frank started his business and had just recently retired after more than 20 years of providing state-of ?the ?art tide gauges to the world. In 1999, Frank received the Western Dredging Association?s Dredger of The Year award for his contributions to the dredging industry.

Frank had a life-long love of sports, especially football, and even more so as a loyal supporter of Puyallup High School football. Uncle ?Bud? could be found and heard at many of his nephews and nieces sporting events.

He was a member of the Tacoma Yacht Club , the Tacoma Elks and WEDA.

Survivors include brothers Joe Hazen and Tom ( Ruth) Hazen, sister Marie Hazen Monahan, sister-in-law Kathleen Hazen, all of Tacoma , cousin Vaughn Hazen ( Dorothy) of Fremont, Nebraska, former wife Ligia Hazen, nieces: Karla Richardson, Gayle Hazen, Kathleen Monahan, Juli Hazen, Jennifer Ohanessian (Koko), Jayne Burg, nephews: George Hazen lll (Zada), Tim Hazen (Bert), Vic Monahan (Lisa), Brooks Hazen, Don Hazen (Karen), Joe Hazen (Linda) and many great -nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceding in death by brother George Hazen, Jr., sister Alice Richardson, brother?in-law Karl Richardson , sister-in-law Doretha Hazen and niece Karon Doherty.

Memorials may be sent to the Puyallup High School Helping Students Fund, C/O Wanda Berndtson, Principal, 105 7th SW, Puyallup WA 98371.

Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday November 29 at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. Burial will follow at Mountainview Cemetary in Tacoma.

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