Rapid City mechanic leaves $1 million to local charities - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City mechanic leaves $1 million to local charities


A Rapid City mechanic has left behind a large philanthropic legacy.

Frank Washburn passed away in January at age 85 but his generosity and kindness lives on.  He has gifted more than $1 million to local charities, including Youth and Family Services, Western South Dakota Senior Services, the Rapid City Club for Boys, among others.

Washburn graduated from Rapid City High School in 1946, and after a stint in the Marines, he went onto trade school to become an auto body mechanic--but he became no ordinary mechanic.

Making his version of the American dream come true, he saved enough money to start his own body shop and he was the long-time proprietor of the Collision Center. He also developed several commercial building properties in the Black Hills. One such property in Deadwood became the Four Aces Hotel and Casino, of which he had been part-owner.

He will long be remembered by his friends and wife Norma, for his lifetime of generosity and kindness.


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