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Frank Royhowe Day

Great Falls —Frank "Paco" Day, 78, of Great Falls, passed away June 3, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 8 at 1:00pm at Christ United Methodist Church. Cremation is in the care of Croxford Funeral Home.

Paco was born and raised in Cananea, Sonora, a town in Northern Mexico where the main industry, a copper mining operation, was owned by The Anaconda Company. His father was a metallurgical engineer and his mother was a school teacher in the grammar school which he attended through eighth grade. He graduated from Bisbee High School in Arizona in 1953 and thereafter attended The University of Arizona in Tucson where he earned a BA in Business Administration. He then completed graduate work at the Thunderbird Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix, Arizona, honing both his language and his business skills.

Early in his career he was employed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in the State of Chihuahua in Mexico. During the 1960's he settled with his first wife in Tucson, Arizona, where he became Director of the Placement Department for the University of Arizona in Tucson. His four children were born between 1958 and 1966.

In the early 1970's he was, for a brief period, manager of a guest ranch in Southern Arizona. Soon after, he moved to Montana where he worked for the Anaconda Copper Company in Anaconda. Finally he took up permanent residence in Great Falls, where he worked for The College of Great Falls in the Placement Department, for the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce as an Executive Assistant, and finally for Meats Unlimited. He also ran an independent business as an Amway Distributor. Since retirement, he again put his bilingualism to use by working as a Federal Court Spanish interpreter and translator.

In 1984 he and Loretta Doran were married and her wonderful family became his. Over the years this family has grown, adding grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom Paco cherished and embraced as his own. He loved taking care of the big yard at their home, keeping the trees healthy and the lawn green and clipped. He had many other hobbies, among them woodworking, photography, following his favorite sports teams on TV, and playing computer games, especially with the younger members of the family. He was an avid fly fisherman and he and Loretta spent endless happy hours at the family property on Logging Creek. He sang in the choir at the Methodist Church.

Paco and Loretta were involved for many years in Friendship Force and they enjoyed the opportunities for interchange this organization provided. They loved to travel and their fifth wheel made regular trips around the Western United States, in particular to Southern Arizona where they continued valued friendships that had their origins during his earlier residency in the Southwest. Paco was an accomplished guitarist and singer and he helped make music for many a festive gathering, both with his old friends in Tucson and with his family and friends in Montana. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include Wife: Loretta Day, Sister: Andrea (Michael) Greene, Daughters: Sally R. Day, Mary M. Day, Sons: Patrick N. Day, Frank H. Day II, Step Children: Jan (Jerry) Hagen, Katy (Doug) Kuntz, Dan (Julie) Doran, Mike (Colleen) Doran, Dave (Sally) Doran, Brian (Jan) Smith, as well as 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Condolences to the family may be shared at

Funeral Home
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 453-0315
Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 5, 2014
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