Former Workers’ Compensation Judge Frank Lynn Kleeman passed away peacefully on February 5, 2016 at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center of Cardiac Arrest with his wife, Charlotte, and daughter, Shari, by his side. He was 82.
Judge Kleeman led an incredibly diverse life, serving in the US Navy, Air Force Reserve, and as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy. He went on to be an attorney in 1977, Workers Compensation Judge in the 1980s, and later an Arbitrator.
After moving to the Santa Clarita Valley, Judge Kleeman became actively involved in the community, supporting many organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, the College of the Canyons Foundation, the SCV Repertory Theater, and the Newhall Redevelopment Committee. He was Board Emeritus of The Pasadena Playhouse. He was named Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year in 2002, and he was also named Philanthropist of the Year for the Network of California Community Colleges in 2002..
Judge Kleeman leaves behind his wife Charlotte, son Jeff, daughters Shari, Robin, and Suzette, grandchildren Elijah, Maxwell and Destiny, brother Dr. Charles Kleeman and wife, Annette, many nieces and nephews and, his beloved dogs, Cookie and Oreo. Frank was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Kleeman, and sister Ruth Pelter.
“He was so very well-liked in this community,” said Cheryl Jones, vice president of the Child and Family Center Foundation. “He volunteered with us and his efforts were substantial,” she said. He served on the foundation’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years.