Franklin Carl Gross passed away while in hospice care in Castle Rock, CO January 10, 2012, after courageously battling pancreatic cancer.
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Frank was born on November 22, 1952, in Culver City, CA. He grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, graduated from Wasson High School in 1970 and received a BS in Biology and Chemistry at Adam State College. Frank then earned a MS in Physiology and Biomechanics from the University of Denver. On May 31, 1984, he married Gail Hamula of Colorado Springs.
Frank served in the Air Force from 1980 through 2000, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His various assignments included Chief of Protocol at Peterson AFB CO; Chief, Business Operations Flight, McConnell AFB, KS; Services Commander multiple times, including Director of Services, Air Force Academy CO.
Frank was active in sports, winning highest honors in track and field in discus and shot put. He was a five-time national champion and 11-time All-American during college, named "Outstanding Performer" at the 1978 National Track and Field Meet and was inducted into the Adams State Sports Hall of Fame.
Frank will best be remembered as a servant leader, teacher, mentor, patriot and friend which stems from his relationship with his Lord.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Gross; daughter Jennifer (Chris) Sakolowski, Australia; sister Paula (Ron) Duncan, Mesa, AZ & Colorado Springs, CO; and step-sister Suzie (Moe) Kiesewetter, Normal, IL.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at The Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Road, Monument, CO 80132.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to The Colorado Springs Project through North Springs Alliance Church, 1702 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Jan. 14 to Feb. 29, 2012