Tio Frank a man of few words and sometimes misunderstood for his quiet demeanor and leaving cookouts when no one was watching because he didn't like saying goodbye, was the person who instilled in me a great passion to cookout, read and travel because there was a beautiful world out there.
His military service along with my dad's inspired me to enlist as well. He joined The Navy, Dad did The Army, so I chose The Marines.
Our many discussions during road trips still remain with me. The barbecue cookouts, the records of his favorite songs, the meeting he had with Juan Gabriel at a grocery store, the golf tournament in Phoenix to see Tiger Woods and his favorite golfer Rocco Mediate, 4 wheeling at Red Sands, becoming a vegetarian, a constant passion for various hobbies, the butt chewings about making sure I listen to my dad, his blue Chevy Nova, playing spades and gin rummy, math tips, going to the latest movies and amusement parks, but above all my love for photography and swimming.
These are but just some of the things that stand out most as he lived a very full life, but mostly what remains with me was his advice to me about living life, "Just Relax."
I Love and miss you Uncle Frank, I'm so glad I visited you before I left and what you said to me. It's too bad we didn't get in one last cookout!
You were lucky to have the best Angel
on Earth by your side, Carmen!