Mr. Frank Joseph Magana Jr.

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Mr. Frank Joseph Magana, Jr., 78, founder and retiree of Bluestem Foundry, past resident of Dewey, Oklahoma and at the time of his death was a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009, after a sudden and extended illness.
Funeral services for Mr. Magana will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church, 520 S. Osage, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Rev. Rick Brinkley will be the officiant. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Memorial Park Cemetery by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Mr. Magana will lie in state in the Drawing Rooms of The Arnold Moore Funeral Residence in Bartlesville where family and friends may call for visitation until he is removed to the church on Tuesday morning.
Frank Joseph Magana, Jr. was born on June 22, 1930, in Dewey, Oklahoma. He was the eldest son of the late Mary and Frank Joseph Magana, Sr. He was raised and received his education in Dewey and graduated high school in 1949. During his high school years, he played football and during his junior year, helped to take the team to an All State School Championship. After graduation, he received an All State Scholarship to the University of Oklahoma to play football for Coach Bud Wilkerson. Shortly after entering college, he was drafted during the Korean War and later received an honorable discharge. Frank returned to Dewey and in 1951, married Barbara Gail Slanker of Bartlesville. Frank later went on to establish Bluestem Foundry with Carl Mason and his brother, Cecil Magana, which they operated from 1951 to 1985.
Frank loved architecture and built several homes in the Oklahoma/Arkansas area throughout his life. He was also involved in several Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Golf projects, including the Bartlesville Price Tower, where he designed and manufactured the original Price Tower furniture. The last Bartlesville community project Frank was involved in was the design and manufacturing of the iron gates and iron lettering on the Bartlesville Community Center. He recently contributed in the design and building of the new Best Western Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma and was working on a truck stop, golf course and shopping mall project when he became ill. His most satisfying project, however, was working alongside his son-in-law, Mark Crabtree, to build a family home in Norman. He traveled to Europe five times after the age of 60 and his hobbies were many - architecture, metal work, golfing , fishing, oil painting and gardening, but the most important thing in his life was his family.
Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Gail Slanker Magana, of the home; his daughter Pamela Varley-Crabtree and husband, Mark Crabtree, Germany; sons, Marc Magana and Chuck Smith, Norman; and daughter, Stacy Ritchie and husband, Robin Ritchie, Tulsa, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Adam Varley, Monica Varley, Page Grummer, Taylor Grummer, Rachel Ritchie; great-grandson, Carter Gray Rahman; brothers, Raymond Magana and wife, Symelda, Carl Magana, and Cecil Magana and wife, Helga, all of Bartlesville.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 20 to July 20, 2009