Donald Everett Franks Obituary

Donald Everett Franks

Feb 08, 1937-Feb 13, 2018
Resided in Dallas, Texas
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Donald Everett Franks was born February 8, 1937 and grew up in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, TX. Don attended Sunset High School, class of 1955, before graduating from Texas A&M in 1960 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Don married Marjorie Anne Johnson on November 27, 1958 and they were married 59 years. Don and Margie moved to San Diego, CA  where he obtained a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State College while working for General Dynamics in 1960. After moving back to Dallas in 1966 with their daughter Ruthanne, Don began working for Texas Instruments and remained there for 13 years. Children Franki Grace, Suzanne Elaine, and Wendell William were born and the family moved to Richardson/North Dallas communities. Don went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas in 1982. Don continued his aeronautic engineering career and love of space exploration with General Dynamics in Ft. Worth, Lockheed Martin, Superconducting Super Collider, and Bell Helicopter where he retired. 
Outside of work, Don prioritized God, his family, friends, and his church FUMCR where he and Margie taught Children's Sunday School for 25 years. Family and faith meant the most to Don, as did being a husband, father, and grandfather. Family gatherings were his favorite and most joyful pastime.
Don is preceeded in death by his parents; William Donald (W.D.) and Bonnie Everett Franks, and his brother, Wendell Donald Franks.
He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie Anne, Daughter Ruthanne and Son-in-Law Michael Kern and their children Travis, MacKenzie and Lauren, Daughter Franki and Son-in-Law Jaime Hernandez and their children Jacob and Evelyn, Daughter Suzanne and Son-in-Law Bryan Holzwanger and their daughter Olivia, Son Wendell and his daughter Madison and her sister Sydne Leigh. Don is also survived by his dear sister Francesca Pannell.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the church he loved, First United Methodist Church Richardson. Online condolence book can be found on

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Russell Huddleston Feb 19, 2018
Cousin, Rose Hill Iowa
Sorry to hear of your loss. Y'all are in our prayers. Love you all.
Michelle Smith Feb 20, 2018
Friend, McAllem Texas
I loved Don. He was a second father to me. I have so many beautiful memories. I know he is watching over his family and those that he loved. Rest in peace Don.
Jerry Bradshaw '60 Feb 21, 2018
A&M Classmate, College Station Texas
On behalf of the Texas A&M Class of 1960, I wish richest condolences for Don's family and friends. Jerry Bradshaw '60 Class Agent
Kristen Huddleston Perkins Feb 22, 2018
Cousin, Houston Texas
Eric and I send our love and prayers. May the Lord comfort y'all during this time. Love y'all!
Doug Huddleston Feb 23, 2018
nephew, okc Oklahoma
We will miss Uncle Don, he was always a hard working man. I know he awaits us in Heaven, Love Doug & Mary
Dot Wire Feb 25, 2018
friend of Franki's, Albuquerque New Mexico
My deepest sympathy to the Franks family. Don was just a loving father and blessed to have know him. Blessings and prayers
M. Hollis Hutchinson Feb 25, 2018
Friend, Dallas Texas
Great memories of the both of you at the Twelfth Night parties. May God be with you, now and always. H.


Memorial Service
First United Methodist Church
503 N. Central Expressway
Richardson, Texas 75080
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