Frank Calvin Shirts Sr.


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Frank Calvin Shirts Sr.

October 26th, 1927 - September 2nd, 2017


Our beloved father passed away on September 2, 2017 in his home surrounded by a houseful of family including his ten children.  Frank was born on October 26th 1927 at home to Robert and Mattie Shirts near Cat Rock on the Weiser River, east of Weiser, Idaho.  He was the fifth of seven children.

Frank attended schools at Thousand Springs and at the Saling School at Mann Creek near Weiser.  He worked at several jobs during his life including sheep shearing, logging, and ranching.  In 1948 while shearing west of Cambridge, Idaho, he met a young lady who was hired to tromp wool.  Mary Hutchinson wasn’t much of a wool tromper and as it turned out, she had been set up by a neighbor to meet Frank.  They were married on December 17th, 1950 in Ontario, Oregon and a year later the first of ten children were born to the couple.  They raised their children over the next 40 years at their ranch on Pine Creek west of Cambridge.  In 1992, Frank and Mary moved to Mann Creek and built a home on their son’s ranch.

Frank stayed active and helped his boys on the ranch with farming and with sheep and cattle ranching. He worked with sheep his whole life, an interest he had received from his father Robert, who as a child in 1886 moved with his family from Iowa to Idaho to farm and ranch near Crane Creek north east of Weiser. Robert ran several bands of sheep beginning in the late 1890s.  Frank continued this passion of raising sheep and was named man of the year in 2003 by the Idaho Wool Growers Association for his hard work and dedication to the sheep industry.

Frank also spent several years taking care of Mary but finally lost her after 62 years of marriage in 2012.  After her death, he continued to work on the ranch and swathed a couple of thousand acres of hay every year up to and including last year’s harvest.

Frank will be remembered as an honest, hardworking, humble man who showed endless love for his children and grandchildren.  He is survived by a sister, Margaret Main of Lewiston, Idaho and his ten children; Linda Cauffman (Randy), Frank, Jr., Bob (Bess), Joe (Julie), Tim (Mila), Dave (Trish), Ann Lynde (Ken), Mary Schwartz (Frank), Ray (Nancy), and Ron (Leslie); 28 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.  He was proceeded in death by his wife, his parents, five siblings; Ethel Silkett, Geneva Koch, Edna Burton, Lucille Hepp, and baby brother Joe; and grandchildren Jonny and Adeline.

The family would like to thank Denise Armitage of Horizon Hospice for her love and dedication and all the friends and neighbors for their visits and prayers. 

A Rosary will be held Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Church in Weiser with services on Saturday, Sept. 9  at 10:00 a.m., also at St. Agnes Church in Weiser.  Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser.  Services are under the direction of Lienkaemper – Thomason and condolences may be sent to the family at ltchappel@yahoo.com.