Former Assemblyman Nolan Frizzelle dies at 91

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 - 7:35 am

Former Republican Assemblyman Nolan Frizzelle, an Orange County conservative and backer of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in 1964, has died at his home in Folsom. He was 91.

Frizzelle died Thursday from complications of congestive heart failure, said his stepdaughter, Sabina Pellissier. Frizzelle, an optometrist, represented a Huntington Beach district in the Assembly from 1980 until 1992. He got behind Goldwater in 1964 and later became president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative GOP organization.

He championed toll roads during his legislative career, and his legislation eventually became the template for a bill allowing joint powers authorities to operate pay-as-you-drive roads in Orange and Riverside counties.

Born in Los Angeles in 1921, Frizzelle attended UCLA and Stanford before opening his optometry practice in Newport Beach. He served in the Marines during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Ina, and six children. Services are pending.

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