Venice Heritage Foundation
Oct 23, 2019
Grant Francis
Venice Heritage Foundation

Grant has lived in Westchester almost all of his life, and loves working on all sorts of reunions.  One project was the Centennial Celebration of Venice High, in 2011, where thousands of people had a wonderful week end reunion.  A lot of money was given back to the school, and a Guiness worlds record was broken, for the largest skate board parade.

During his thirty five years at Venice High School, he was chairman of the Industrial Education Department, Technical Director of the Performing Arts Dept., the first mens volleyball coach, Stagecraft Consultant for the L.A.U.S.D., past faculty association president. He has received the PTSA Honorary Service Award, and the Alumni Associations Alumnus of the Year.  Grant taught wood shop, leadership, stage crew, typing, education career planning, and life skills at Venice High School. He retired from Venice High in June of 2001.

He is the block captain for his neighborhood watch, the chairperson of his high school reunion committee, is active in the Venice High School Alumni Association, and the Venice Heritage Foundation which is planning on a museum for Venice.

For the last 34 years Grant has planned and organized a river trip for about 100 of his dearest and closest friends on the Kings River, outside of Fresno.  This crazy, infamous group, known as Wednesday Night Memorial, claims to fame are trips to the King's River, Mexico, and the Doo-Dah Parade, in Pasadena.

He has worked on a fund raising event for the American Cancer Society, by the name of Relay for Life.  It raises both money and awareness for CANCER.

Grant loves traveling with his lovely wife Judy. Some of their trips have included: Africa, Alaska, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Cuba, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, (where he ran with the bulls), Thailand, Tahiti, and China.

They have four children, Gina, Julia, Adam, and Aaron;  and four grandchildren – Ariel, Shea, Bodhi, and Kaaden.