Los Altos native Frank Leonard Gault passed away on December 4, 2017 in Angels Camp, California. He was born January 28, 1951 in Palo Alto, California and attended schools in Los Altos, graduating from Los Altos High School in 1969.
Spending childhood summers at the family cabin in Pacific Valley on Highway 4, Frank fell in love with the mountains, and was a lifelong avid fisherman, camper and outdoorsman. Coming from a musical family, Frank started French Horn at Covington School, but eventually switched to tuba, which he played in the LAHS marching band. A fine musician, he later played for in the Calaveras Community Band, Murphys, California. He also played in the Fanfare Four, a brass quartet originally formed by his grandfather in Chicago in the 1920s, and then reformed in the 1970’s by his father, Donald Gault. Frank also played guitar and a mean blues ukelele.
An avid reader and book collector, Frank worked for a number of years at the original Stage Stop Bookstore in Murphys. After losing his cabin home in the Old Gulch fire of 1992, he moved to Vallecito, California where he grew an abundant garden of fruit trees, grapes, vegetables and flowers. He was an excellent cook and prolific canner, pleasing his family and friends with jars of the best salsa, fruits, and enchilada sauce. As the son of a NASA scientist, Frank was always fascinated by the stars, and by his teens had become an expert amateur astronomer. His knowledge of the skies was extensive, and he delighted in sharing this with anyone who wanted to look up and learn more about the cosmos. He built many telescopes and held numerous star parties in local schools and throughout Calaveras County, where he resided for many years. He was a founding member of ‘The Star Geezers,’ a local astronomy club.
Frank was known for his quick wit, his highly individual opinions, his keen ability to tell amazing stories, his generosity to friends and neighbors, and his knowledge of the starry skies, planets & nebulae.
Mr. Gault was preceded in death by his parents Don and Mary Gault of Vallecito (formerly of Los Altos), and is survived by his sisters, Kathy Gault of Bend, Oregon and Jan Hutchison of Sedgwick, Kansas. He leaves behind many friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.