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Franklin Spencer Gonzalez
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1921
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 2009
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Franklin Spencer Gonzalez first saw this Earth on August 28, 1921, born of parents who had met in Colonia Dublan, Mexico and moved to El Paso, TX to raise their family.


He closed his eyes for the last time on September 19, 2009.


During those 88 years, Frank first enjoyed brief prosperity and then, like many others of his generation, endured and carried scars from the Great Depression and World War II. He emerged from the war years with a PhD from UCLA in Long Beach, CA and a new marriage that would produce six children, all of whom have survived him. Then in a reverse migration, he left the promise of CA to establish his own real estate company in the flatlands of Lubbock, TX. This difficult move provided a window into his character.


After 17 years in Lubbock, he moved to the mountains of his beloved Salt Lake City in 1971, where he passed away peacefully, just nine months after laying to rest his wife of 60 years, Josephine Cox Gonzalez. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the force that united his parents, and Frank lived his entire life as a devoted member.


His natural leadership skills, intense dedication and deep intellect propelled him into the Church hierarchy where he spent his adult life as Branch President, Bishop, Stake President, and Mission President Counselor, among many other positions. He changed careers with his move to SLC and became a recognized Church Historian and Institute Professor at the University of Utah.


His family and students will miss his lectures and stories that contained a wealth of little known, but interesting facts. Frank was faithful to his beliefs to the end and would want his survivors to take comfort in his receiving his eternal reward.


A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, 2350 East 1300 South.
Published in the Deseret News on September 27, 2009. 
 
Burial:
Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Sep 27, 2009
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Franklin Spencer Gonzalez
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Franklin Spencer Gonzalez
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- Ryan D. Curtis
 Added: Sep. 27, 2009
 
 
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