Rick Frampton

Beloved father, veteran, skilled cook

Robert “Rick” Frampton of Olivehurst, California died at his home on April 20, 2014. He was 71.

Mr. Frampton was born in Los Angeles on February 20, 1943 to Robert C. Frampton and May Frampton of Claremont. He was raised in Claremont, graduating from Claremont High School in 1961. He served in the United States Navy and, after his service, worked as a cook for many years.

While Rick was growing up, his father, affectionately known as Bob, was a local legend. The elder Mr. Frampton was a pioneer in aerial photography. Bob also “documented the history of the growing city of Claremont and surrounding communities,” according to a memorial post on the website of the Claremont High School Alumni Society.

The Honnold Library houses an extensive collection of Robert C. Frampton’s work, including scenic shots of mountains, architecture and businesses in and around Claremont. Rick also edited a book about his parents’ years at Florence Lake, filled with photographs they took, and donated copies to the Claremont Library as well as the Honnold Library.  

Rick’s mother, May, was a housewife and helped her husband with their photography business. The Frampton family came to Claremont in 1897 when Mendal Frampton, Rick’s grandfather, became the first professor of English at Pomona College. He subsequently headed the English department for over 40 years.

Rick was an avid outdoorsman and was a loving husband, father, grandpa and friend. He will be deeply missed, family shared.

Rick is survived by his beloved wife, Sheila; by his sons, Randall and Matt; by his daughter, Candi; by his son-in-law, Ramon, and by his daughter-in-law Daniell. He also leaves his grandchildren, Joel, Julius, Carissa and Ethan.

At Rick’s request, services and interment are private. Sierra View Mortuary in Olivehurst is assisting the family with arrangements.  



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