It was Thanksgiving, 1958, the year Wayne married Pat, and they decided to dine at the Officers Club while on duty during their first posting to Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. After dinner Wayne told Pat that from that day on they would still eat Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at home with the family. The following year that tradition began when their first son was born, and Wayne continued to cook Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners every year, unless his Air Force duties prevented him from returning home. Wayne was a committed and dedicated man: to his wife, his family, his job and others. The meals, desserts and snacks he prepared were always carefully prepared with the tastes of others in mind. His ability to cook began when he was young as he prepared meals for his sisters, and he continued this tradition for his family and others throughout his life.
After his retirement, Wayne enjoyed visiting his favorite place in the world, Rockport, Texas. It was in and around Rockport that he spent many years prior to his military service. During his visit, he looked forward to having coffee every morning with his buddies and eating shrimp as if drinking water.
Major Wayne Carrol Frazier was born December 8, 1934 in San Benito, Texas. He spent most of his childhood and youth in Texas and Louisiana. He graduated from Rockport High School in 1953. Before entering the Air Force in 1957, he attended Texas A and I University in Kingsville while working various jobs at the Rockport Theater, King Ranch and various companies. oil. Wayne met his future wife, Patsy Allen of Brownsville, while working in Rockport. She worked there for her aunt Billie Bracht. The wedding day was May 23, 1958 and they were married for 63 years, another example of Wayne’s dedication and commitment to his word that their love would last a lifetime.
His military career began in Texas with basic training, the cadet school and the KC-97 navigation school. He was then stationed at various locations including Montana, Puerto Rico, Michigan, California, Nebraska, and a one-year remote assignment during the Vietnam War. Wayne served his country as a navigator on the KC-97 and KC-135, two planes that refueled other planes in flight. He also served as a fire control officer (coordination of weapons systems) on an AC-130 gun while deployed during the year and completed his career as a navigator on the Looking Glass missions (a command center flywheel which can be used if ground-based command centers are not operational). He retired from the military with honors at Offutt AFB in Nebraska.
In addition to his military post, Wayne took care of providing support and transportation to a group of four busy children. Throughout those years of parenting, he was busy with dating, performances, practices, lessons, homework, and meetings. Notable family activities included swimming, water polo, soccer, boy scouts, marching band, ballet, piano, synchronized swimming, and school.
Wayne continued to support his family by going into other jobs after his military career. He helped develop and work at the Merced Aero Club and drove a special education bus for the Merced City School District. He also helped Pat by baking delicious lemon banana breads for several of his community service bus trips. Patsy and Wayne have also taught private swimming lessons to area children in their backyard pool for many years.
Wayne enjoyed working with wood, building and piloting model airplanes. It started with model airplanes on the beaches of Rockport and gradually moved on to remote controlled model flights. He belonged to the Merced County Radio Control Club and enjoyed flying with his friends on the Bert Crane Road airstrip. He loved friendships and camaraderie (and donuts) as much as he enjoyed theft.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Pat; their four children: Mark (Lisa) Frazier, Eric (Hui) Frazier, Kurt (Wendy) Frazier and Kim (Jesse) Soltero; six grandchildren: Aaron, Jonathan, David, Melinda, Kurt and Alexandra; three great-grandchildren: Gwenyth, Evelyn and Jackson; two sisters: Saundra Lager and Martha Ann Harralson; and nephew Dewain (Katie) Collet and their daughter Hollie.
He was predeceased by his grandson Nikolas Frazier.
The memorial service and mass will be held on October 2 (9:00 a.m.) at St. Patrick’s Church, 671 East Yosemite Avenue in Merced, California. A reception will follow immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Patrick’s Parrish, 671 East Yosemite Avenue in Merced, CA, 95340.