Obituary: Frank J. Grimes

Frank Grimes, 80, of Malibu, husband, father and grandfather, died on Feb. 5, 2017, in Santa Monica. Grimes was born in Brighton, Mass., and relocated to California with his mother and sisters. 

He met and married his wife, Frances Hurley, on Apr. 30, 1963. After serving in the army during the Korean War, Frank joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he achieved many milestones over his 33-year tenure — including being the youngest officer ever promoted to sergeant in the esteemed metro division. 

“Frank dedicated his life to upholding justice,” a loved one wrote to The Malibu Times. “Committed to police organizations and his fellow officers, he was elected to and served on the Los Angeles Police Protective League for 12 years, and was instrumental in the creation of both the Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement and the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations.” 

In 1998, Grimes was appointed by the governor to serve as the Director of Criminal Justice Planning for the state. 

“Frank will be remembered for his genuine compassion, his fierce loyalty and dedication, his Irish charm and wit that filled any room with light and laughter,” a loved one wrote. “He adored his family, enjoyed sitting on the deck of his Malibu home, was a true Celtics fan — who could never cheer for the Lakers — and danced spontaneously and enthusiastically to the Rat Pack music he loved.”

Frank is survived by his wife, Frances Grimes; his children Karen Tinley (Rob), Patrick Grimes, Kerry Grimes and Annie Conte (Tony); and his grandchildren Jason, Dylan and Jessica Tinley, and Delaney Conte.


Funeral services will be held on Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights, followed by a lunch reception at Cedar Creek Restaurant in Brea. 

A dedication will take place at Our Lady of Malibu Church on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Grimes home.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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