Charles (Chuck) Dean Francis, 53, of Lynnwood, Wash. died on April 16, 2012. He died surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with ALS.
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Chuck was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Bozeman, where he lived until 1973 when he moved with his family to Scottsdale, Ariz. He studied business administration at the University of Arizona and the University of Denver. After moving to Seattle, Chuck started and ran his own business, CDF Printing, for most of his professional life.
Chuck will be remembered and missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. He possessed a sharp, sarcastic wit and an amazing sense of humor but was always sensitive to the emotions and needs of others. He noticed and celebrated the smallest details of life most people would miss. He was endlessly curious and possessed a knowledge, love, and appreciation of all things artistic and creative.
Chuck was a devoted husband to his wife Kelly and an amazing and wonderful father to his two sons, Jack Henry and Hayden Charles.
Besides his wife and sons, Chuck is survived by his parents, Ann and Richard N. Francis of Scottsdale; brothers, Rick of San Antonio, Texas, and John (Julia) of San Francisco, Calif.; and sisters, Libby (Jeffrey) Hansen of Powell, Wyo., and Sarah (Jay) Stuckey of Scottsdale. He is also survived by nieces, Sarah, Margaret, and Elizabeth; nephews, Richard and Andrew; step-daughter, Aspen; and step-son, Nicholas.
Chuck's family extends a heartfelt thank you to Marilyn Baird-Well, R.N., Evergreen Hospice; Sara Puckey, social worker, Evergreen Hospice; Kate Donaldson, hospice volunteer; and The Reverend Canon John F. Fergueson, Church of the Redeemer. These special people went above and beyond the scope of their duties and provided amazing comfort and support to Chuck and his family.
Chuck was remembered at a beautiful service on April 20, 2012 at Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Wash. An additional service and interment will take place at St. Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday, May 11, 2012. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made either to Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St. MS 5, Kirkland, WA 98034, or Church of the Redeemer, 6211 NE 182nd St., Kenmore, WA 98028.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 29, 2012