Francis died in the Veterans Hospital in Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 1973. He was born January 10, 1912 in Washington. He received an 8th grade education and worked in logging and for the USFS. At age 29, he signed on with the smokejumpers in 1941, 1942 but the records are not complete, and he was not named for any fire jumps in 1941. There are several fires in 1942 that lack jumper names. Both years were low-fire years. Francis enlisted in the Army on September 17, 1942 and served in the 280th Ordinance until his release on January 5, 1946 at the TEC3 grade. He married following the war, living in the Colville, Washington area. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Colville.
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