Frank A. Eisenzimmer passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on August 1, 2019, at the age of 83. Frank was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota on April 12, 1936 to Frank and Francis (Welk) Eisenzimmer. The family moved to Oregon during WWII. He graduated from Gresham Union High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Myrna (Houghton) in 1956.
Early on, Frank found a love for fitness and health. Shortly out of high school he created a workout space in his dad's barn. He actually made his own weights out of concrete in coffee cans. He invited friends to come train with him...the start of a later career.
Frank worked for the Portland Fire Department for 17 years before chasing his passion for Friends, Fun and Fitness. He actually left his fire department career and retirement to go All In to pursue the creation of Gresham Court Club in 1977 with wife, Myrna. The club was later renamed Cascade Athletic Clubs as the facility grew to a multi-sport campus and additional locations opened.
Frank always possessed a wide variety of interests and chased everything with excellence...All In level. He was a body builder, competitive racquetball player, wildlife painter, art collector, influential political figure for a season with a passion for helping small businesses in Oregon… and an inspiring leader of his ever expanding family.
His leadership included the ability to build up others and trust their leadership. Frank passed the fitness baton to his son Mark and wife, Debbie, which allowed Frank and Myrna to retire young and travel the world for many years.
Frank's was a life well lived. His family feels grateful and so proud of him. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Myrna, brother Daniel (Sharon), sister Darlene Lefevere, son Mark (Debbie), daughters Kristy Woodcock (Michael) and Karen Butzer (Rod), 10 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.
Frank's family adored him and learned to work hard, play hard and love Jesus through his leadership. Everyone gathered around to love him, honor him and thank him during his last moments on this earth.
A Celebration of Life service will be held August 28th, 3:00pm at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, Oregon.
In lieu of flower, please make a donation in Memory of Frank Eisenzimmer to the Salvation Army, 473 SE 194th Ave, Portland, OR 97233 · (503) 661-8972.