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Frank Mauldin

March 13, 1940 - September 21, 2019


Frank  MauldinFrank  MauldinFrank Mauldin, age 79, of Salem, Oregon passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2019 after living nine years with Lewy body dementia.

Alfred Franklin Mauldin, Jr. was born in Mansfield, Louisiana to Alfred Mauldin and Ruby Odom Mauldin on March 13, 1940. He graduated from Fair Park High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and later earned a BS in civil engineering, graduating summa cum laude, followed by an MS in environmental engineering/public health from Tulane University.

Frank’s professional career focused on cleaning up and protecting the environment. He especially enjoyed serving as City of Salem Public Works director where he oversaw improvements to drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems that benefited Salem residents and the health of rivers and streams. He championed protection of the city’s North Santiam River water source by challenging clearcut logging and other activities that harmed water quality. After retiring in 2002, he wrote Sweet Mountain Water: The Story of Salem’s Struggle to Tap and Protect the North Santiam River.

In retirement, Frank served on Salem’s tree advisory committee where he added protection of Oregon white oaks to the tree ordinance. He also began writing books on Oregon white oaks, history of water power in the valley, and a biological sketch of his life before dementia interrupted his work.

Frank enjoyed bike riding, hiking/climbing (Mt. Hood), 100 parachute jumps, and long walks. He especially loved improving wildlife habitat and growing vegetables at his wife Tina’s family farm near Silverton.

Frank is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Tina Schweickert, his sister Deborah (Jerry) Roshto and nieces Stacey and Jennifer of Ohio, stepsons Hudson Paul and Zebulin Schweickert, step grandchildren Maya, Micah, and Orion, and his parents-in-law Patrick and Cynthia Schmitz, all of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

This excerpt from the Epilogue in Frank’s bio tells more, in his own words:
“If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, how would I spend today? … I would quietly reflect on my life and share those reflections with my loving wife Tina. Being with her on my last day and hearing from her that I have been a good mate is all important to me. To joyfully recall the good times together and laugh until we’re hurting about the stupid things, while rejoicing for the things we got right.

“Would I believe my earthly work was beneficial or just a waste of Earth’s declining resources? First of all, my dying will benefit the earth. Daily I use precious fossil fuels. My wealth, although modest by U.S. standards, has been luxurious compared to most people in the world. I regret that… I am not wishing poverty on U.S. citizens, but I am wishing for a wakeup call that U.S. lifestyles are not sustainable for much longer. So, me leaving Earth will leave a small amount of additional resources for coming generations.

“Did I contribute anything of value to the earth? I have tried to be of service. I have tried and I’m still trying to save the lungs of the earth: the trees. It is possible in the next 50 years the rainforests will be gone and all the old growth forests of the U.S. will follow suit. What will consume the CO2 we are pumping out in ever increasing amounts? I worry about that. I hope more people start thinking and worrying.
“I have also worked very hard professionally to stop waste discharges to the environment and to protect watersheds. If there is a heaven, then I know God will give me a passing grade on that success.

“Now, on the balance, has my life’s work been a positive or negative for the health of the earth? I believe it has been a positive and I hope God, when he finishes my balance sheet, agrees.”

Memorial donations may be made to Western Environmental Law Center, 120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., Suite 340, Eugene, Oregon 97401.
Frank’s family wishes to thank the caregivers who helped Tina keep him in his home: James Dalfin, Paul Schweickert, Teresa Hunter, Nicholas Crowson, and Tammy and Leslie Malbrough and the wonderful, professional team of hospice providers from Providence Benedictine Hospice.

Funeral service will be held at Virgil T. Golden on September 30 at 12:00 pm., with a light reception to follow and then graveside service at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

 

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You may rest in peace, dear brother, for your contributions to the world are significant.  I am so proud of all of your accomplishments.  You will be loved and missed by all of us left behind.  



Tina, I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. My thoughts are with you and yours



I was one of Frank's caregivers for about a year and a half at the end of his physical life. Frank was so patient and a pleasure to work with. Frank had such a calming, peaceful and loving spirit. A part of him will always be in my heart. He did so many great things in life. I feel grateful for the opportunity to be a part of his life. He will be so very missed. I wish peace and healing for his loving wife Tina who took such good care of him until his very last breath. Rest in peace Frank. Teresa



Dearest Tina:

A wonderful tribute to a caring and serving man - wish I had known him.  Sending you both blessings of love and peace.  
Gale 



What a conscious blessing you have been to Earth, Dear Frank.  Yes, a "wake up call" is surely what is needed by Earth's humanity, especially by those of us in this Western country who need to take a much deeper look at our lifestyles, and make significant changes.  From what you've shared in the epilogue from your bio, it's plain that you worked in earnest on behalf of life in Oregon, which rippled out for all life beyond.  And I thank you, as well as your beloved wife, Tina, from the bottom of my heart, for the unique contributions you have each made over the decades.  Free of a worn-out body, may you be infinitely blessed while journeying on into the next precious chapter of life, beyond the physical veil.   In celebration of a life well-lived.   Honoring you, Dear One.  And heartfelt blessings to your beloved wife, family and friends who will miss you.         



Frank, I will miss you,
Through my dear friend Tina I got to experience your passionate commitment to the health of our beautiful planet.  You  put your passion into practice and served as a role model for me personally; reminding me of the value of practical action in the face of great challenges and never giving up hope.

Tina and Frank were  role models of mutual dignity. respect, loyalty, humor and deep love.  Theirs was a true marriage.



Dear Tina,
We are so sorry to learn of your dear Franks passing. Kent and I so enjoyed meeting him at some of the Sai Baba gatherings. We are grateful for all the wonderful work he has done to protect mother earth. We are sorry we won't be present on the 30th to celebrate Frank as we will be out of town. But you will be in our thoughts and we pray that Swami gives you the strength to bear this great loss.
Sairam
Kent and Aruna



Dear Tina,
I have fond memories of you and Frank driving to the Portland Sai Center way back when it was at the Whaley's home.  Frank surely is on a path toward wholeness now surrounded by love and peace and joy.  I hope to make it to the service.
Much Prema,
Linda 



Sai Ram
Dear Tina,
Krishnaveni and I were saddened to hear of Frank's passing.  We pray to our beloved Swami to shower His grace and blessings on you and your family in this hour of need. We are unable to attend the services and pay our respects to Frank in person.
Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers.  Please let us know if we could be of any assistance.
Sai Ram,
Ashok & Krishnaveni



Tina -
Upon return of vacation today I received the sad news of Frank's passing.   As you may recall, I was Frank's subordinate (City Engineer) most of the years he was the Director.   I often think about those times and the many pleasant memories working with and for  Frank.  He will certainly be missed, but never forgotten.   May peace be with you and your family, Tina, during these difficult times.

Karl



Sairam dear Tina Our deepest condolences to you on this great loss. We pray to Swami to surround you with love at this time. May the love of the Lord and all your friends and family give you the strength you need. In HIS Love Radhika and Siva



Beautiful words from a most beautiful man.

Philip James Kirke
Perth Western Australia