1940 ~ 2014|
Robert Eugene (Bob) Frank, a retired federal employee who worked as a materials examiner at Hill Air Force Base (1984-2002), passed away peacefully at his home in Kearns, surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, July 17th, after a battle with leukemia.
Bob was well known in the Salt Lake City (SLC) community for "paying it forward" through his active work in veterans' affairs, youth baseball, and other community programs.
After serving with a U.S. Army missile unit in Germany from 1963-1965, Bob returned home to SLC and eventually became the American Legion State Commander for Utah, the American Legion Grand Chef de Guerre 40/8, and Chairman of the United Veterans Council for Utah. He is fondly remembered as the chief fundraiser and organizer of the annual American Legion Easter Egg Hunt in Murray Park from 1955 to 2011-missing only 2 years in that 56-year time frame when he was stationed in Germany. Bob also served as coordinator of volunteers for the U.S. Special Olympics in SLC (1969-70), and he was the American Legion National Parade Chairman for Utah (1986-1996). Bob was an institution in youth baseball in the SLC area, coaching Morning Side Little League Baseball from 1970-1986 and serving as the Director of American Legion Baseball for Utah from 1996-2014.
Robert was born in Detroit, MI, on Nov 30, 1940 to Callie Ethel Phibbs and Edward Eugene Frank -- 5 minutes after his fraternal twin, Charles Edward Frank. The Franks moved from Detroit to Sandy, UT, when Bob and Charlie were 5 years old. "Robert" and "Charles" were best friends and arch rivals in every way throughout their lives. Bob's Type-B personality balanced Charlie's Type-A. Bob was a big man (6,'5" 280 lbs) with a gentle disposition, generous spirt, and great sense of humor. His nieces and nephews affectionately nicknamed him "Uncle Moose." Bob often said that his greatest pleasures in life were his children and grandchildren, his many nieces and nephews, his tight bond with his brother Charles, and fishing - all of which he cheerfully and memorably combined at every opportunity.
Bob's marriage to Judith Burns produced his only daughter, Stephanie; and with Betty Mullins produced his only son, Kenny "John." Bob's marriage to Jeannette (Jenny) Hasna Dodge expanded his family to include Jenny's children: Debbie, Cindy, Michelle, and David Dodge, whom he loved and raised as his own.
Bob is preceded in death by his mother, father, and three brothers: Walter, Joseph, and Charles Frank. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Hasna Dodge; his sisters Margaret Carter (Steven) and Nanci Peters; and brother John "Brent" Cooling (Terri); daughter Stephanie F. Petty (Michael); son Kenny John Guest (Tina); and Jenny's children: Debbie Dodge, Cindy Dodge, Michelle Dodge Binnings, and David Dodge. Grandchildren: Melanie S. Petty, James M. Petty; Jennifer Guest Huebner, Christopher J. Guest, Brittney M. Guest; Nikki Dodge, Rondo Dodge, Jessee Keele, Dustin Dodge, Michael Conner, Nicholas Conner; David Dodge, Jr., Chase Dodge, Mason Dodge, Mariah Dodge, and Carlos Dodge. Great grandchildren: Rhyan N. Oakden, Ryker C. Oakden, Khyson B. Huebner, Austynn J. Huebner, Ivy S. Guest, and Koldon C. Sleater.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bob's life at 10:00 am on Friday, July 25th, at the Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake, 460 Century Drive, SLC. Interment will follow at SLC Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Utah Valley Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wanting to honor Bob's memory "pay it forward." Contributions can be made to American Legion Baseball, Dept HQ, P.O. Box 148000, SLC, UT 84114-8000.
Condolences may be shared at: www.uvfuneral.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 20, 2014