Frank Shankwitz


Frank Shankwitz was a former Arizona Highway Patrol officer who co-founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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It's still hard to believe you're gone, "Fwankie!" We will always remember and cherish our memories from the many trips we took with you and Kitty...from Alaskan Cruises and our vow renewals, Little Bighorn, National Finals Rodeos, 150 mile snowmobile trips through Yellowstone...and the list goes on. I promised you I would take care of Kitty and I am...but I know your spirit surrounds her still. I can feel it. Your passing left a void in this world and your contribution to the...

Frank Shankwitz came to my woodworking class at Prescott High School, where he graduated in the 1961 and asked me to help him make a wishing well for displays at fundraisers. How surprised I was when he later showed up with an NBC affiliate ( get us on the evening news. That is when I found out who he was. Before that moment I just thought we were helping the local "Make a Wish". Imagine how touch I was when he gave me a hand written letter from...

Godspeed Hero

When I lived at Grand Canyon, and worked for Make A Wish, I was so grateful to you two to come to a Rotary Club Meeting, and address the membership. So many businesses at Grand Canyon and Tusayan had helped Wish families by donating what was needed to grant a child’s wish, that it was so important for them to be at that meeting where Frank was the speaker. i was working for Make A Wish then and had the great privilege of meeting you both. It meant so much for us all. I’m so sorry about your...

May God's comfort be yours Kitty and family and may his arms hold Frank eternally. His legacy of inspiration, integrity, perseverance and a living miracle in the pursuit of helping others is one that is most unique.

god bless you i am sure he met you at the gate to welcome you home

Such an amazing beautiful soul. Heaven definitely gained an angel with him. I hope every child that was granted their wish met him at the gates and hugged him.

Frank was one of my Hero's. He inspired my children to work with Make-A-Wish and to be selfless, as he was. God bless you Kitty. God's speed, Frank.

Rest Easy Cowboy, God Speed and Fair Winds on that Direct Ride to Heaven. May all the children you helped meet you with open arms.