Frank Arthur Crosby

June 17, 1934 - March 19, 2021
Bellingham, WA

Frank Arthur Crosby

June 17, 1934 - March 19, 2021
Bellingham, WA


After his birth at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on Father’s Day 1934, Frank enjoyed life for over 86 years, graduating from Hoquiam High School, Washington State College, and the University of Washington. During his lifetime he was a generous and honest banker at People’s Bank, business teacher at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and helpful landlord. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He died March 19 from complications of a traffic accident, the only vehicle accident he was involved in during his long life.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Torno Crosby; daughter-in-law Suzie; three grandchildren: Eleanor, Peter, and Gordon Crosby; nieces Beth Mattler Picardo and Amy Mattler Burr.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ella Yerger, his daughter Elizabeth, his son Kurt, his nephew Mark Mattler, his sister Dianne Mattler (who was also born on Father’s Day!), her husband Richard Mattler, and his parents, Virgil and Matie Crosby.

During their 31 years of life together, Frank and Sylvia traveled to all the States and Canadian provinces (except the Northwest Territories), Europe, and the Holy Land. Their permanent home in Whatcom County kept them busy after they stopped traveling North America in their 5th wheel. Frank was an accomplished carpenter, gardener, collector of anything that interested him, and always kept busy.

Memorials may be made to the Torno and Crosby Whatcom County Foster Child Transition Fund or the charity of your choice.

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Torno and Crosby Whatcom County Foster Child Transition Fund

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  • Phone Number: 3606716463
  • Description: Grantmaking to support Whatcom County projects that focus on supporting foster care youth ages 17-19 who are transitioning out of the system. To be used for housing, education, food and other needs to help as they start out.

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1 responses to Frank Arthur Crosby

  1. Nancy Long says:

    My husband, Jim, and I knew Frank, Ellie, Elizabeth and Kurt when our two families were members of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Kent, WA. We enjoyed their friendship and especially Ellie’s homemade pizza recipe. My daughter Deanna and Elizabeth were the same age. I have many fond memories of both Frank and Ellie. May they all be in the presence of our Lord.

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