Commodore Donald L. Frasch

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Commodore Donald L. Frasch, 73, of Hudson, Fla. passed away on January 13, 2013.

Frasch served as deputy national commodore, recreational boating safety and Atlantic area east from 2010-2012.  He previously served as district commodore in the Seventh Coast Guard District Auxiliary from 2009-10, district vice commodore from 2007-08, and as division captain, Division Eleven from 2005-06.

Commodore Frasch received advanced education from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and majored in applied mathematics with a minor in electrical engineering. Frasch’s education focused on the mathematical modeling and computer simulation of physical processes.

Frasch joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in May of 1985 in District Nine, Eastern Region.  While in Rochester, N.Y., Frasch served as flotilla vice commander, Flotilla 42, flotilla commander, division vice captain and division captain of division four. Frasch then served three successive district commodores as coordinator, special projects and as the district awards chairman. Upon retirement in 2000, the family relocated to Hudson, Fla. where Frasch again resumed service to the Auxiliary. Frasch achieved qualifications as coxswain, vessel examiner, instructor and uninspected passenger vessel examiner.

Frasch retired from Digital Equipment Corporation in 2000 holding various sales and sales management positions focusing on high technology Original Equipment Manufacturers, and Simulation and Simulator Systems for Industry and Government. Prior to Digital Equipment Corporation, Frasch held positions as an electronics engineer designing hybrid computer systems for simulation and as project manager for the design and development of computerized color matching systems for the paint, plastics and textile industries.

Frasch served in the U. S. Army National Guard in New York as a non-commissioned officer and reached the rank of chief warrant officer, CWO-2. Personal awards include the Auxiliary Meritorious Service (2 Awards), Auxiliary Commendation Medal, Auxiliary Achievement Award, Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and the Auxiliary Sustained Service (11) Awards.

Frasch is survived by his wife Sandra, three children Claudine, Allison, and Andre, eight grand children and a brother William Frasch.

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  1. Christopher Todd says:

    Commodore Frasch was a a great man who cared deeply for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. It was a pleasure working with him over the past few years. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.

  2. Bill Hanlon says:

    Don Frasch was a first-rate leader. On a personal note, he provided insightful direction and encouragement to think outside the box in order to accomplish the Auxiliary mission. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Team Coast Guard family.

    Best wishes and prayers for Sandra and the entire Frasch family.

  3. Betty Zoellner says:

    Commodore Frasch was a great friend and leader! He was kind and fun to be around. He was a great supporter of me and all Auxiliarist.

    His passing is a tremendous loss to the Team Coast Guard family. I will miss him dearly.

    The Fasch family has my prayers and thoughts, Don will be missed dearly.

  4. Jim Clark says:

    Don was a truly great person. I remember him well supporting the Atlantic area Search & Rescue (ASAR) competition held at TRACEN, Yorktown in 2011. A very personable man. My condolences to his family – we will all miss him.

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