Steven Franden
1942 - 2020
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FRANDEN, Steven Mr. Steven Franden passed away peacefully at Christopher House in Austin, Texas on Friday August 14th, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born April 30th, 1942 in Evanston, Illinois to the late Helen and Robert Franden. Steven grew up in Wilmette, IL where he graduated from New Trier High School. He then attended The University of Notre Dame and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy before graduating from The University of Illinois. Steven met his loving wife of 52 years, Judith Claborn Franden, while working at Marshall Field and Company in Chicago. Steven and Judith had two children, Kara and Christian. He then moved to Pasadena, California where the family resided for five years before relocating to Austin, Texas in 1981. Upon arriving in Austin, Steven met the late Dr. Francis "Mac" McIntyre, and the Franden family developed a close relationship with Mac that lasted 30 years. Steven's love of travel led to many trips to Italy and other interesting places abroad. Steven had a warm and engaging personality that led to many lifelong friendships that he treasured. Steven's profession was a real estate broker with Wilson and Goldrick Realtors for over 25 years. He was an avid supporter of the arts in Austin, including The Austin Lyric Opera, Zachary Scott Theater and Esther's Follies just to name a few. A longtime member of The English Speaking Union and Rotary Club of Austin, Steven was also a supporter of the Christopher House and held several benefits for AIDS organizations. Steven loved and valued people more than anything. For many years the Franden household held infamous Monday Night Pizza parties, where all were welcome, and yearly Valentine parties. Steven is survived by his wife Judith Claborn Franden of Cedar Park, TX. His children, Kara Franden Neuman (Robert) of Pagosa Springs, CO and Christian Franden of Katy, TX. Seven grandchildren whom he treasured; Caroline, Grant, Lilliana, Reed and Charlie Neuman, and Jack and Ryan Franden. His siblings, Julie Fitzgerald, Robert (Gena) Franden, Elise(Gerry Alvarez)Wilkinson, Michael(Mary Ann) Franden, Andrea(Mark Fahey)Franden and numerous nieces and nephews. Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Robert Franden, a sister Maria and brother Jack, as well as dear friend Mac McIntyre. Due to Covid and his expressed wishes there will be no services. Instead he would appreciate his friends and family doing something he loved in his memory. Take in a show at the theater, enjoy a good book or movie and have a good laugh with family and friends.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 23, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
Steven was a wonderful friend, a mentor, and shared such a great laugh with us. We always see and hear his laughter in California where we live. In Austin, we remember him for his wonderful sense of fun, Esther's follies, wonderful Monday night Pizza get-togethers, meeting the brains and brawn behind Big-Bird and the hilarity of Blanche of the Golden Girls. He was most of all such a blessing in our life. I want to extend our deepest sympathies to his family- he was beloved and a great friend when we needed it most.
Giancarlo Taylor
September 13, 2020
Sincere condolences. Very sad to have received this news.
John Hepburn
August 27, 2020
Dear Judy,
My sincerest condolences over your loss of Steve.
When IBM relocated my husband, Alex Morgan, and me to Austin in 1984, we were so lucky to have Steve as our realtor. He genuinely cared about helping us find a house and Steve was so much fun long after we moved into our house. I’ve often thought about Steve over the years since leaving Austin. I’ve never forgotten him.
Steve will be missed by hundreds of people.
Barbara J Samara
August 25, 2020
Judy - John and I are so sorry to learn that Steve and his loving effervescence has left this earth. We will always remember Steve and you fondly and pray that you and your family will be comforted in your time of loss. With deepest sympathy, Jeannine (Miller)
Jeannine Miller
August 23, 2020
So sad to hear of Steven's passing. Many happy memories with Steven and Mac. Mac was my doctor and we shared a sail boat for many years. We shared many happy things together sailing, dining out, the arts and with friends. Steven and Mac were the big brothers I never had and they always had my back during difficult times. They made me feel safe and I knew they would defend me fearlessly if needed. Steven represented me several times in real estate transactions and his skill and his counsel in some deals that were difficult could not have worked out without him. He was not only my agent but he was my friend and guided me away from some bad deals as my friend. He was the kind of friend and business advisor that told you the truth...what you needed hear...not just what you wanted to hear and he did not hesitate or hold back when he thought I was making a mistake. Those kind of friends are the most valuable. One real estate deal in particular comes to mind. During the real estate collapse in the 80's the resolution trust opened bids to disperse the thousands of foreclosed properties in the government's control after banks and savings and loans failed. These properties were made available strictly to low and medium income Americans to bid on. I encouraged a friend who qualified to bid on these properties. He found a half dozen or so properties he wanted to offer written bids on and I contacted Steven to do the paperwork and process the bids to the resolution trust. It's difficult to tell someone trying to purchase their first property how much to bid so I suggested to my friend he bid $5,000 on a property that had originally sold for almost $150k. I knew that was about the most he could put together for a purchase and that even that could be a challenge. He found a condo project in central Austin that had units available to bid on. They were in new condition only a couple of years old and there were a bunch of them that had been foreclosed on and available to bid on. Steven spent hours filling out all the extra paperwork required for the bidding process and occasionally would look up at me with a wise and knowing look and say..."there is no way your going to get one of these for $5,000...but he continued on and sent them off to resolution trust. I knew he did all this work...and on a Sunday no less ...because he was my friend. Weeks later my friend he helped prepare the bids for and I were in Los Angelos on Rodeo Drive. My friend called home to check his messages and from the floor below at the POLO store I could hear him yelling upstairs on the pay phone...."I got it!...I got it! I got a condo for $5,000!" Steven had left a message telling him one of the condos didn't get any bids except for my friend's $5,000 offer. Steven said resolution trust tried to back out because the bid was so low but Steven wouldn't have it....He told them...your rules say the highest bid gets the property and refused to back down. A less skilled agent would have been intimidated by a big government agency but not Steven. He was as excited as my friend saying something to the effect..."this is the most amazing real estate deal of my career...of course my commission is going to be something like $35 dollars hahaha!.... but can you believe it?!...a 2 bedroom condo with covered place and totally remodeled for $5,000...amazing!" It gave my friend a start...a start in having a home that he could not have accomplished without Steven. Then Steven even sat my friend down and told him...don't ever sell this can take care of you when you are older. He gave my friend just starting out in the world sound financial advise that changed his life for the better. That was Steven. Telling this story brings back so many good memories with him...his wonderful sense of humor and wit. I miss those days and I miss Steven. He was a great man, a good friend and made his world a better place. I was lucky my journey passed across his...Rest In Peace Steven. You will be missed.
Larry D Shaw
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