Frank Lanza
1930 - 2018
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Frank L. Lanza

December 5, 1930 - October 27, 2018

Frank L. Lanza passed away at his home on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the age of 87.
Frank was born in San Francisco on December 5, 1930 to Anthony and Tonina Lanza. He graduated from San Mateo High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following his service in the military, he attended Art Center School of Design and graduated in 1957 with a BFA in Illustration.

He ran a successful freelance design/illustration studio in San Francisco and in 1972, he went on to teach at the Academy of Art University for 43 years. Frank had a passion for teaching and he continued to paint in his studio every week until the end of his life.

Frank is lovingly remembered and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 2018.
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November 10, 2018
We will miss our regular telephone conversations. May he rest in peace after suffering so much ill health and pain. He has been a remarkable and talented artist, as well as a loving man.
Paul & Rosalie Polizzotto
November 5, 2018
My memories of Frank are of him, impeccably dressed in white, on the tennis court for his regular weekly games with my husband. Frank and Cal played tennis for many years, yet we weren't aware of his artistic talent until we were invited to have dinner with him and his family. We were in awe of his many fine paintings that beautifully decorated his lovely home! Unfortunately, after Cal passed in 1989, I lost touch with Frank, but I will always be grateful for his friendship through the many years and especially for his generosity in the gift to us of a pair of Super Bowl tickets when the 49ers played the Miami Dolphins in 1985 at Stanford University. (The envelope with the precious tickets was originally addressed to Frank's uncle from the DeBartolo Corp.)
Rest In Peace, dear Frank. Cal and I are forever grateful that you were a part of our lives. With much love and respect, Diane Chung
Diane Chung
November 4, 2018
In loving memory of an extraordinary man whose legacy will live in our hearts forever.
Paula Leach
November 3, 2018
Frank will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He was a man of passion and integrity. May he forever rest in peace.
Jorge & Michelle Herrera
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