Charles Franklin Hutchins, known to friends as “Frank,” was born in Pasadena, Calif., in March 1934, and passed away at his home in Pagosa Springs, Colo., on April 30 with sons Dale and Mark at his side.
The Hutchins lived in Carpinteria from 1974 to 1987. Frank retired from Southern California Edison after almost 40 years of dedicated service. His passions in life were sky diving, piloting, building planes, hunting, fishing and golf.
Frank built a 1930s vintage Waco bi-plane that is still flying today in Southern California. He built two Vans RV-4 aircrafts, one for him and one for his wife, Marilyn. He built one Vans RV-8, which won awards at Oshkosh, Wis., and helped many others build their own Vans aircrafts.
Frank and Marilyn shared their passion of flying and sky diving together. In the late 1950s, they started a civilian sky diving school in Avenal, Calif., called “The Condors.”
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years and is survived by three sons, Dale (Shanna), Mark (Linda) and Mike (Dottie), and grandchildren Brandon, Brittany, Dana and Dillon.
Frank’s ashes will grace the same Colorado mountains as did Marilyn’s in 2007.