November 8, 2012
Frank C. Rodarte Sr., president and co-founder of Rodarte Construction in Auburn, died on Nov. 3 from renal failure at the age of 62.
Rodarte is survived by his wife, Shirley, nine children, 28 grandchildren and 11 siblings.
“He was known as an innovator,” according to his oldest son, J.R. Rodarte. “If he had issues that needed to be solved, he had innovative ways to figure them out, and that's what set him apart.”
J.R. Rodarte, a part owner of the company, will now lead Rodarte Construction.
The elder Rodarte started the company with his brothers Roger and Robert in 1978. Two more brothers then joined, and the soon the company became primarily a family affair.
About 80 percent of the company's 60 to 70 employees are family members, including all six of Rodarte's sons, a daughter and five brothers.
Rodarte Construction got its start installing side sewers for companies such as Tucci & Sons, Frank Coluccio Construction and Tri-State Construction. It grew to become a general contractor for public works projects.
Rodarte and his wife assumed sole ownership of the company in 1991 and expanded the business by pursuing tribal projects. Shirley, a Yakama Indian, helped open doors in that market for the company, according to the family.
Other specialties now include bridge and highway construction, underground utilities and wastewater projects.
The funeral will be held on Saturday in the Maple Valley LDS Stake Center at 26800 236th Place in Maple Valley. A viewing at 10 a.m. will be followed by a service at noon.