was born near Cheyenne, Wyoming on October 12, 1922. In 1928 his family
moved to Hiroshima, Japan. He was graduated from High School there in 1940.
He returned to the U.S. in 1941. He was then immediately placed in an internment
camp, where he lived out WWII until 1945. After his release, Frank moved
to Denver, Colorado, where he remained for one year, and then he moved to
Chicago, Frank worked as an auto mechanic for 40 years. In 1954 he married
Toshiko Takeshita, and they had two daughters. He owned a gas station for
18 years until 1989, when he sold everything and retired to Vista, California.
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started creating beauty in lapidary in 1992, and joined the Vista Gem &
Mineral Club in 1993. He excelled in all forms of that discipline; faceting,
silverwork, and finally in 1998, he began making intarsia jewelry. For the
bolo illustrated, he not only did the stonework, but all the silverwork
(note the intricate weaving of the bolo cord taught to him by Lapidary Hall
of Fame member Jerry Harr), the goldsmithing, and electroplating of the