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Idaho State Journal, 11/03/09
BLACKFOOT - Franklin D. Transtrum passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday,
November 2, 2009, at his home in Blackfoot, Idaho. Frank was born in St. Charles, Idaho,
on July 12, 1932, to Chester Ola and Agnes Frances Findlay Transtrum, and grew up in
Blackfoot, Idaho. After graduating from Blackfoot High School, he attended Utah State
University before serving in the United States Navy for four years during the era of the
It was while Frank was serving in the Navy, stationed in Fallon, Nevada, that he met
his sweetheart and future wife, Dianne Mae Evans.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Frank and Dianne reunited and were married
for time and all eternity in Logan, Utah, on June 15, 1955.
Frank and Dianne lived in Logan while working and attending Utah State University,
where he received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry. They later moved to
Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Northwestern University Dental School and received
his DDS degree in 1961. Frank and Dianne then moved to Blackfoot, Idaho, where they have
lived and raised their five children.
Frank was an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and its associated
state and local components. Throughout his professional career he served in various
leadership and teaching capacities, including faculty at Idaho State University in the
Idaho Dental Education Program, president of the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA), a
member of the ADA House of Delegates and most recently as a consultant/ investigator for
the Idaho State Board of Dentistry.
He received numerous recognitions and awards over the years, and was most recently
honored by his colleagues of the Idaho State Dental Association with the Lifetime
Achievement Award this summer at the ISDA annual meeting.
Frank was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved
to serve in his church and community. He found great joy serving in the temple and
recently returned from a fulltime mission with Dianne in the Washington, D.C. Temple.
Frank was active as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and was honored with its
Silver Beaver Award. For many years he was involved in Lions Club International and as a
member of the Bingham Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.
Frank's greatest joy was his family.
Frank is survived by his dear wife, Dianne; his five children, Terrel (Charlotte
Marsden), Shari, Tim (Cami Daines), Mike (Nicole Wheeler) and Nic (April Daniels); two
brothers, Larry (Irene Beebe) and Wally (Glenna Williams); one sister, Doris Jackman; one
sister-inlaw, Francis Packham Transtrum; and 16 grandchildren. Frank is preceded in death
by his parents, Chester and Agnes, three brothers, Elmer (Betty Montague), Lloyd (Teddy
Jolley), and Jay, one sister-in-law, Rachel Mifflin Transtrum, one brother-in-law, Dale
Jackman, and one infant grandson, Terrel F. Transtrum Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009, at the Blackfoot
LDS East Stake Center on Mt. Putnam Drive. The family will meet with friends and relatives
from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South
Shilling, and again from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment
will follow the funeral service at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
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