Frank E. Inslee was the father of the American politician, lawyer, and economist Joe Inslee.
Frank E. Inslee was a retired biology teacher, high school coach, and World War II Naval veteran.
He died at 88 years.
He was thrilled by taking unranked high school basketball teams into the state tournament.
But he was truly proud of having helped his students build confidence and ambition.
The governor’s mother passed away in 2007. Adele and Frank had three sons, Jay, Frank, Jr., and Todd.
Frank Inslee, was a fourth-generation Washingtonian who served in the Navy from 1944-1945.
He began his career as a teacher in Tenino, Thurston County. He also worked nights at the Olympia Brewery, cleaning fermentation tanks to help pay the bills of a young family.
He later taught biology at Seattle’s Garfield High School, where he also served as assistant basketball coach.
When Chief Sealth High School opened in 1957, Mr. Inslee became the school’s head coach for basketball and track.
He later served as athletic director for Seattle Public Schools, where he strongly embraced the implementation of federal Title IX to usher in women’s athletics in schools. In 1977 he was named the state’s Athletic Director of the Year.
After retiring from the district, Mr. Inslee sold artificial turf and in later years dedicated himself to caring for his ailing wife.
Frank and Adele were active in the Student Conservation Association, leading student trips to Mount Rainier to do conservation work on trails and wilderness areas.
Frank Inslee remained a strong presence in his family with strong bonds to the sixth and seventh generations of Inslee.