Frank Manitzas

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Heaven opened its gates to Frank Steve Manitzas on July 18, 2014. Born in San Angelo, Texas on May 12, 1934 to Steve and Helen Leondaridou Manitzas, Frank was a first-generation American, son of Greek immigrants who were proud to become citizens of the United States of America. He grew up in San Angelo and graduated from the University of Texas, then joined the U.S. Army. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, he met his beloved Mary Ellen Saunders, and the two were married for almost 58 years at the time of his death. Frank was a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and was licensed in 1959. Prior to entering private practice, he served as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and commenced his representation of management in Labor and Employment Law in 1966. He was Chairman of the Labor Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 1972-73; served on the original Pilot Program establishing the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; and was a Charter Member of the Specialization Program, having been Board certified in Labor Law in 1975. Frank was also an original member of the Labor Law Advisory Commission to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, serving from 1972 to 1986. He loved practicing law, and did so up until the time he took ill in June 2014. Frank was generous to a fault, in both his professional and personal world, and the most important cases he ever handled were those where he didn't charge a dime for his services. Frank was a devoted father to his four children, and a doting grandfather to his six grandchildren. His love for animals resulted in a menagerie at the family farm in Comfort, including an abundance of cats and dogs, horses, alpacas, donkeys, chickens and a duck. Frank took up photography as a hobby, capturing life's moments for friends and loved ones at birthdays, weddings, quinceaneras and Santa parties. He loved antiques, opera and poetry, and by the time his kids and grandkids were two years old, they were reciting poems by the likes of Carl Sandberg and Robert Frost. Frank was a true patriot, having learned from his father that America is the greatest country in the world. He flew the flag proudly, and believed in all that it stood for. Frank touched so many lives, and his sudden departure will leave a hole the size of Texas in our hearts. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Steve Manitzas, and Ellen and Harold Saunders. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; children Pam Uhr and Stan McElroy, Debra and Phillip Trueman, Steve Manitzas, and Thomas and Marsha Manitzas; grandchildren Marshall, Carson and Hunter Uhr, Tyler and Elliott Trueman, and Caitlin Manitzas; sister Frances and Steve Tefas, nephew Steve and Rebecca Tefas, niece Stephanie and Ted Snedden; extended family Sylvia and Gonzalo Barbosa and their family; and long-time friend George Tamez. The family extends its gratitude to Gentiva Hospice and nurse Debbie McLawchlin. Visitation will take place from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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Rev. David McMillan of St. Michael and All Angels Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Comfort, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Comfort Heritage Foundation at P.O. Box 433, Comfort, TX 78013 or to an animal welfare organization of your choice.

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Published in Express-News on July 20, 2014
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