Frank passed away on April 28, 2011, following a severe stroke.
He was born June 7, 1930, in San Diego, the 2nd son of Fred Miller Barner of Missouri and Ruth E. Horton Barner of New York.
He graduated from Pt. Loma High School in '48, played right tackle on the football team and was Senior Class President.
he attended San Diego State for a year, then went to Principia College in Illinois for a year.
He then spent a summer in Quantico, VA at the Marine base in a Platoon Leaders Class.
While there, he learned of the newly formed CIA and was accepted. He spent the next year in Washington, DC in intensive Intelligence Officer training.
On his 21st birthday, he flew off to Europe, not even able to tell his mother where he was going. He spent two years with Russian Army defectors, training them toward being infused back into the Soviet Union.
Having met his wife Juliane in Bavaria, he brought her home to San Diego where they raised two daughters.
MOTORCYCLE OFFICER FRANK W. BARNER
SDPD 09/16/1953 - 06/10/1958
06/07/1931 - 04/28/2011
He began his career in law enforcement, first as a motorcycle officer, then for 17 years as a Marshal, Fugitive Detail.
After retiring, he moved to Marin County and became Security Chief at Marin Community College, followed by Chief of Police for the city of Belvedere.
Retiring for good, he became a daily tennis player, and met his 2nd wife Grace at the Marin Tennis Club.
They moved to Santa Rosa in 2000, and continued tennis at two clubs, along with some golf, travel, and lots of classical music.
He was an avid reader, especially history, and loved fishing and the beautiful nature surrounding them in Sonoma County.
He leaves his wife of 15 years, Grace, and daughters Leslie Hallanan of Mill Valley, CA, and Sandie van Seventer of Portland, OR; grandson Joss van Seventer, nephews Jonathan, Jeffrey and James Berner, and their wives and children; son-in-law Tony van Seventer; Grace's son Scott and many friends who truly loved Frank.