Samuel Boone Frank, Jr.
3-7-33 - 10-8-12
Samuel Boone Frank, Jr., 79, passed away peacefully at home on October 8, 2012. A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, LA on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, everyone is invited to visit with the family in the church Parish Hall.
Sam was born on March 7, 1933 in Manila, Philippines. He was the eldest son of Samuel Boone Frank, Sr. and Frances Russell Frank. He enjoyed many childhood adventures in the Philippine Islands with his parents, younger brothers, Pat and Rusty, and his uncle, aunt and cousins.
Sam earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society. He also served on the university Honor Council and was Assistant Director of the Emory Glee Club. As an officer in the United States Air Force
, Sam held the rating of navigator. He was also a private pilot.
Sam met the love of his life, Nancy Lee Gay, while she was attending Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. They married on August 29, 1954 and recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Sam was a wonderful husband and father to his four "girls", Kathy, Debbie, Karen and Leslie.
Sam's business career focused on marketing and manufacturing high voltage equipment for electric utilities. He started as a sales representative for the James R. Kearney Corporation. Later he joined in the early organization of Dis-Tran Products, Inc. in Alexandria and served as its President for fifteen years before retiring. Afterward, he represented ACF Associates, New Orleans and its principals as a manufacturers' representative. Sam was respected for his professionalism and strong work ethic, and many considered him a mentor.
In addition, Sam was a board member for the Central Louisiana Industrial Development and the Alexandria Golf & Country Club. He was also a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry and as a church choir member.
Sam valued dearly his relationships with family and friends. He treasured small, tender moments like reading bedtime stories to his grandchildren. He and Nancy made it a priority to attend as many ball games, recitals, plays, and special ceremonies as their calendar would allow. They made many wonderful memories on trips with family, as well as friends. And whenever they had the opportunity, Sam and Nancy would dance, to the great pleasure of all who watched them together.
Sam will be remembered for his genuinely warm and friendly personality. He was thoughtful and gracious - a true gentleman and a truly gentle man. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed having fun with those he loved. Whenever he could, Sam would play a round of golf with friends. He also had a wonderful singing voice and played the piano with great flair. And he passed on his love of music to his daughters, who passed it on to their children.
Many will remember Sam encouraging them during a tough time. He always stood by and supported those he cared about, no matter what. Samuel Boone Frank, Jr. will be remembered lovingly by all those whose lives he touched and will be deeply missed.
Sam is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Gay Frank; four daughters and their families: daughter, Kathy Frank Boren (Mandeville), son-in-law, Jeff Boren, and granddaughter, Lindsey Boren; daughter, Debbie Frank Allen (Colorado Springs, Colorado), son-in-law, Steve Allen, grandson, Brian Allen and his wife, Sarah Allen (Fairfax, Virginia), grandson, Kevin Allen and his wife, Brittney Allen, and great-grandson, Cohen Allen (Colorado Springs, Colorado); daughter, Karen Frank Walker (Gonzales), son-in-law, Tracy Walker, grandsons Christopher and Austin Walker; daughter, Leslie Frank Shaffer (Austin, Texas), son-in-law Paul Shaffer, grandsons Grant and Griffin Shaffer. In addition, Sam is survived by two brothers, Patrick Henry Frank and John Russell Frank, and their families.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2627 Horseshoe Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301, or the