Our beloved husband and father, Frank M. Kelley, died peacefully but unexpectedly at his home on Saturday morning Sept. 15, 2001.
His passing was a deep shock to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Frank was born in Salt Lake City on August 28, 1945 and was the eldest son of Jack and Louise Kelley. Frank's lifelong service to others began as he served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia. Upon his return, Frank, a gifted artist, attended B.Y.U. to study art and refine his talents. A distinguished student, Frank received his B.A. degree in Fine Arts in 1971. While at Brigham Young, he met and married the love of his life, and eternal companion, Chris. They have spent thirty wonderful years pursuing many mutual interests in life. Throughout his life, Franks commitment to service never wavered. As a respected and admired educator for 29 years in Jordan District, he introduced young minds to the joy and power of seeing the world through the artist's eye.
As a 28 year member of the 115th Combat Engineer Group of the Utah National Guard retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he served with honor receiving many awards including distinguished service and U.S. achievement and commendation medals. As a faithful member of the LDS Church, Frank served admirably and diligently. He was a proud, compassionate, caring husband and father who loved his family dearly.
Foremost among those left behind by Frank's passing include his wife Chris; sons Tim and Dane Kelley and daughters Nicole Kelley and Colette Christini (Kevin). He was preceded in death by his father Jack. Frank also leaves behind his mother Louise, Boise, ID; brothers Del, Pocatello, ID, Lee, New York, NY, James, Boise, ID and sister Susan Nay (Barry), Orem, UT, plus many friends and colleagues.
If asked for an accounting of his life, Frank might well answer in his familiar, understated way that he was simply someone who did what he could do to leave this world a better place than when he entered it. This he accomplished with compassion and grace. And in the end, there is no more noble cause or calling. We'll miss you, Frank, but we know you are being received with honor and great joy.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 10 a.m. in the Crescent West Stake Center, 1300 E. 11000 S., Sandy, where friends may call Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday 9-9:45 am. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park with military honors following the service.
<! > Funeral directors Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary.