Francis Chin Chan Pak
FRANCIS CHIN CHAN PAK June 6, 1921 - February 24, 2016 Francis Chin Chan Pak was born in Wahiawa on June 6, 1921, to Pak Ho-byeong and Kim Sook-ahn. Spending his childhood in Korea, Francis returned to Hawai'i in 1938 to attend Mills College (MPI). In June 1941, he began work at Pearl Harbor as an electrician's helper, surviving the 1941 attack, and retired in June 1986. After retirement, he worked at Honolulu Academy of Arts, retiring in 1992. He was a translator/interpreter for the U.S. Army in Gwangju, Korea, 1946-1949; was director of the Korean-language radio program at KHON, 1949-1951; and was member and president (1966-1967) of the Korean National Association (Kook Min Hur). A talented baritone, he was a member of the Go-For-Broke Opera Troupe and sang leads in performances in Honolulu. Survived by daughter, Hee-sook Seo (Yong-chan Kim) of Korea; son Gary Pak (Merle); step- daughter Hae-sook Kim; two step-sons Tong-soo and Nam-soo Kim; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Chin-sook Pak Pae and Serena Chin-soon Pak Kim. Visitation 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; services at 11 a.m. Inurnment at 2 p.m. at Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Cemetery.
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