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Frank Harold "Sonny" Lehmann Jr.


1935 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Frank Harold "Sonny" Lehmann Jr. Obituary
Lehmann Jr., Frank Harold "Sonny"
April 20, 1935 - September 7, 2016
Frank, 81, was born April 20, 1935 in Torrington, Connecticut. He departed this life in Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Arizona September 7, 2016, a victim of pancreatic cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father Harold and his mother Mildred. He is survived by his former wife Lyne; brother Alan (Stephanie); son Frank and daughter Tia. He is also survived by his grandson Desmond; niece Tracie (Ben); nephew James (Linda); longtime friend Barbara; great-niece Elizabeth; great-nephew James and numerous good friends, cousins, acquaintances and service professionals.Frank graduated from Torrington High School in 1953, where he received letters in music and marksmanship. He was a four year member and President of the High School Gun and Rifle Club and member of The Order of DeMoley. He continued these interests as a lifelong quest. He returned to Torrington to attend almost all of his high school reunions.Following high school, he entered the United States Marine Corp, serving 31 months in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart. He continued marksmanship expertise, gaining many Marine Corp team and individual awards. During his 27 years of service at multiple duty stations, he also served as an exceptional recruiter. "A Marine for Life", his final military assignment was the Marine Corp Air Station, Yuma.Following his military service, he earned an Associate Degree from Arizona Western College and pursued Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Northern Arizona University. A man of many interests, he hiked, including the Grand Canyon, attended gun and car shows, operas, musical performances and theater. Twice yearly season tickets to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) were a priority. He collected artwork, especially authentic Native American and Arizona creations.A lifelong Dodger fan, he surprised many with the switch of loyalty to a new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Auto racing was a love from childhood, especially NASCAR. In addition to PIR, he enjoyed racing at Richmond, Bristol, Riverside, Ontario, Talladega and Las Vegas, as well as many childhood "hometown" venues.A life member of the Elks, VFW, DAV, American Legion and other fraternal organizations, he was proud of his NRA life membership.He gave of his time, health, and expertise as a blood donor, AARP Tax Supporter and United States Census Team Leader.Gratitude is expressed to the Yuma V.A. Clinic, Tucson V.A. Hospital, Yuma Regional Medical Center, Dr. Dorothy Wong and the many medical professionals who provided caring service.Arrangements for a memorial service and interment of his remains are yet to be arranged, with Torrington and Yuma possible locations.THOSE DESIRING TO MAKE MEMORIAL DONATIONS IN FRANK'S NAME PLEASE MAKE THEM TO THE . EARMARKED "FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH"
Published in Register Citizen on Dec. 21, 2017
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