Frank C. Walston
Frank C. Walston
June 19, 1930 - May 20, 2018


Frank C. Walston, 87, of San Mateo passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Frank was born in Verga, New Jersey and had been a resident of San Mateo for the past 23 years, coming from Cross Keys, New Jersey. At the age of 18, Frank was stricken with polio and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Although disabled, Frank made his own way in life, marrying, having a family, and owning and operating his own business.

He took a correspondence course and learned how to repair televisions and radios, when televisions were just coming out. He owned and operated his own electronics repair business called Cross Keys Electronics. In his free time he enjoyed going out on his 35’ boat with his wife. They were anchored near the Statue of Liberty in 1976 celebrating our country’s bicentennial as a part of Operation Sail. The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Bulletin newspapers interviewed him and wrote stories chronicling his inspirational life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Mary Walston; and a sister, Patricia Ann Drown.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Walston of San Mateo; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Frank and Kelly Walston of Cross Keys, NJ; two daughters and son-in-law, Jenine and David Outland of Carrollton, VA and Barbara Lynn Rosevelt of Cross Keys, NJ; a sister, Ursula Nelson of Cherry Hill, NJ; four granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1400 Husson Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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