Thomas L. Frank

DALLASTOWN Thomas L. Frank, 61, died Monday, November 5, 2012 at his residence. Born May 14, 1951 in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Richard and Etta (Moore) Frank. He is survived by his wife, Sara Pharo of Dallastown; daughter, Fay Pharo-Frank and husband Dave Gillespie and granddaughter, Elora Wolfrays of West York; daughter, Amelia Pharo-Frank of Dallastown; son, Lee Pharo-Frank, who is serving in the U.S. Army and is stationed at the Presidio in Monterey, Calif.; and two brothers, Dan and Doyle Hitt. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Frank. Raised in Williamsport, he dropped out of high school to run away and join the Reithoffer Carnival. He enjoyed running the rides for a few years but upon reflection he realized he did not want to sleep under a truck for the rest of his life. He returned to school, got his G.E.D. and during the Vietnam War was a conscientious objector. He spent two years working community service as an orderly in a hospital where he figured out that healthcare was a lucrative career. He went to nursing school but after 2 weeks of learning how to wash his hands he had enough. From there he got an Associate's Degree in X-ray technology and spent over 30 years working in that field. In the 70's, he was working in northern New York and got called into work during a horrible blizzard. After walking a few blocks to the hospital he decided that he wanted warmer weather and moved to California. There, while working on a mobile health clinic, he met Sara Pharo. They moved to Albuquerque, N.M., and married in 1983. Determined to provide his three children a great public education, he moved the family to York. He took pride in his work, continuing his education so that he knew each new technology. Able to work x-rays, cat scanners, and MRI machines, his coworkers often sought him out a s a resource. He did all the family cooking until he taught his children the secret art of the Thanksgiving blackened turkey. He was well read and very knowledgeable in numerous subjects. He loved books and technology but in his attempt to improve every home computer he created Frankencomputers that only ran for him. Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Nov. 11, 2012