Frank Shankwitz


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

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I honor and cherish this man and foundation. We have disco the movie Wishman. It brings tears to my eyes every time. In Vegas 2 yes ago I saw the star on the sidewalk if Frank. I was so excited happy full of joy. I took my picture I was so proud of what was done . God Bless to this Amazing memory .

The story of your life Mr. Shankwitz is inspiring to me. God had a plan for your life and you fulfilled it. May God's peace surround your family and loved ones. Rest in God's glory!

In loving memory of a wonderful person.

I watched the story of his life and was very impressed by how he found the good in helping the children through his make a wish foundation. for

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.