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Frank Leroy Neal

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Neal, Frank Leroy
Frank left this world peacefully on November 19th in the comfort of his home with his wife of fifty-one years at his side. He was given the gift of life on November 7th, 1940 in Silver City, New Mexico to Tracy and Mary Neal. After graduating high school, he joined the Navy and when he returned, he married the love of his life, Frances Payne. Shortly after they wedded, they embarked on a new adventure in the Gila National Forest where he began his career in firefighting. He then decided to continue his passion for firefighting in Glendale, Arizona where he retired as Captain. After that, he started a new career as a helicopter pilot, where he continued fighting fires from the sky. Frank always had a sparkle in his eyes when he was with family & friends doing the things he loved most. He is survived by his wife, Frances, daughters Holly Cook (Brad) and Kandi Neal. He was a proud papa to grandkids Joshua and Kelsey Cook. He is also survived by his sister, Iilene Hawthorne (Turner). He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Keith Neal. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered to Frank's family by visiting www.sunlandmemorial.com.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 24, 2015
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