Frank D. Martindale Sr.

November 15, 1937July 17, 2018
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On July 17, 2018 Frank Daniel Martindale Sr. was released from his earthly bonds to be with his Lord in his heavenly realm. Along with the Lord, we are certain the love of his life Phyllis Ann Martindale was there by his side to welcome him to his new home. Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm on Monday July 23, 2018 in the Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory St. with burial to follow. Frank will be laid to rest with his wife at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 5 to 7pm on Sunday evening at the funeral home. Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years whose passing was just a little over a year ago. It has been said that a broken heart was the condition that Frank most suffered from. Frank is survived by his 3 children, son Frank (Danny) Jr., his wife Deborah and their son Joseph; son Jonathan, his wife Marla, sons Joshua, Chris and daughter Stacy; daughter Sonya, her husband David Wilburn and their sons, David, Matthew and Timothy. Plus, numerous great-Grandchildren along with the many friends and their children who have become members of an extensive extended family. Frank was a retired member of the United States Air Force. With permission from his Dad, Frank joined the Air Force at the age of 17 years and 3 weeks. Frank was a Vietnam Vet and as a Load Master on multiple types of aircraft, served in many countries all around the world. He served his country proudly for 27 years and 9 months before retiring as a Sr. Master Sergeant from Dyess AFB. Upon his military retirement Frank continued to serve in the Civil Service for an additional 17 years at Tinker AFB, Mid-West City, Oklahoma. He was a founding member of the Big Country Chapter of the Professional Loadmasters Association in Abilene and a member of the Dyess’ VFW Post 6873. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America during the time that his two sons were members and continued his support all the years his five grand-sons were members. He also could be caught selling a box or two of Girl Scout cookies as his daughter continued in her Scouting career. Upon his second retirement, Frank settled on his 10-acres of land north of Tye, TX in the first house he and Phyllis ever called their own. Retirement consisted of playing ranch hand to cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, guinea hens, chickens, turkeys, quail, dogs and numerous barn cats. During his life, Frank with his wife Phyllis showed their love for one another in a way that all around them could see and share in the feeling. When you were at their home, whether you were part of the family tree or not, you were treated as family. This may have meant you were building something, repairing something or cleaning something, but you were family. Holidays consisted of a full house, family and friends, laughter, memories and always good food. It has been said that they broke the mold after Frank. As his children, we have lost not only our Dad but our mentor, our teacher, our disciplinarian, our friend and the best example of what it was meant to be a real man, loving husband, beloved father, grandfather and friend to all. Give Mom a big hug from us all, Love Ya. The family ask that in lieu of flowers that contributions be given in Frank and Phyllis’ names to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (, Wounded Warriors ( and/or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch ( You may view and sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 23, 2018

Frank D. Martindale Sr.

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Kay Ramirez

July 22, 2018

I don’t know where to start. My family and I came to know Frank and Phyllis at Tinker AFB . I started working for Frank as an instructor which he helped train. He had faith in me that I could do the job. He made sure I put my nose in the books to study for my next rank and I made it thanks to him . He and Phyllis welcomed us into their family. He became the dad I never had. His family welcomed us with open arms. We stayed in touch over the years and we visited them in Abilene. Last time I visited we joked about two old people sharing a heating pad. I will miss him dearly. Danny, Jonathan and Sonya you will be my brothers and sister forever.

Ronnie Allen

July 21, 2018

DAN WAS A GREAT GUY. I might have been parched in the Texas heat since i could not pronounce Coooooorsssss right. Lol. He was the one who talked me into becoming a APS. Port Dawg, and i did 24 years in it. Always looked up to him and i have alot of fond memories of him and Phyllis. Rip Dam, love ya

Loli Minatra

July 21, 2018

I grew up an Air Force brat. I was fortunate that my dad and Mr. Martindale we’re friends. We basically moved every 3 years of my life growing up, so lifelong friends wasn’t an option. Special friends and families were remembered, and that’s what I felt about the Martindales. They left ‘special’ feelings that stayed with me a lifetime, not because of something they said or did but just because of who they were. I loved when our families would get together and us kids would hang out....... I remember fun, and laughter. I will always remember this family for touching my life and my heart.

Nancy Salyer and Family

July 19, 2018

Frank and Phyllis were two of the nicest most genuine people that walked into our lives. They accepted our family and treated us as their own children. We had many Sunday afternoons sitting and visiting with them and heard stories of their family. They loved our boys and our boys looked up to them.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I know Frank is free of pain and he is with the love of his life. I'm sure D'Lynn, Frank and Phyllis are laughing and telling stories and rejoicing together.
We love you all and our prayers are with you.
Nancy Salyer
Tanner, Tara, Deacon & Adalynn Salyer
Shane, Holly, Harrison & Margo Salyer
Lynn Salyer
Christy, McKenzie and Emilee Salyer



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Frank D. Martindale Sr. who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Frank was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Frank knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were George Franklin Martindale and Glenna Maye Martindale. Frank was raised in Texarkana, Arkansas and Hobbs, New Mexico. Even as a youngster, Frank learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Frank was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Frank was raised with four siblings. He had two older bothers, Rollin and Melvin, one younger brother, John, and one younger sister, Evelyn. Frank had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Frank, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Frank's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Frank enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Frank took part in baseball. He was a boy scout.

      In school, Frank was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Frank was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Frank’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Frank was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Frank was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Frank came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Roxanne Baker and Jack Bell. Later in life, he became friends with Bob and Julia McCray, Sarah and Dwayne Wallace, and Joe and Donna Zink.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Frank reveled in the security of his family. On July 28, 1956 Frank exchanged wedding vows with Phyllis Ann Warner at the Larson AFB of Moses Lake, Washington. One of Frank’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Frank was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Frank would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Frank was blessed with three children., two sons, Frank (Dan) Jr. and Jonathan, and one daughter, Sonya. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren., Joseph, David, Matthew, Timothy, Joshua, Chris, and Stacy.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Frank was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Frank was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Frank upheld his standards. His primary occupation was United States Air Force. He was employed for 28 years in the USAF and 17 years in civil service. Frank was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Frank was an Air Force Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was stationed and deployed throughout the world. His final duty station was Dyes AFB in Abilene, Texas. Frank saw action for Vietnam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a Meritorious service medal with 10LC; Distinguished-Presidential Unit Citation; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and 60LC, Air Force Good Conduct with 60LC; Good Conduct Medal with 20LC; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 10LC; Vietnam Service Medal with 50LC; Air Force Longevity Service Award ribbon with 50LC; NCO Professional Military Educ. Grad Ribbon; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with device; and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

      Frank approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were ranching, antique tractors, and building houses and barns. Frank was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Frank to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Texas Ranger Baseball and Nascar racing.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Frank liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Frank was an active member of the VFW and the Professional Loadmaster Association.

      A civic-minded person, Frank was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Frank was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts. Politically, Frank was a member of the republican party. During these years, Frank applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Frank. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of the Salt Fork Cowboy Church.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Frank used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Frank had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included visiting family and friends throughout the country.

      Frank was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Frank’s favorites was his dog, Ginger.

      When Frank’s retirement finally arrived in USAF in 1987 and civil service in 2005, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Merkel, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in ranching and remodeling homes. In many ways, Frank loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Frank passed away on July 17, 2018 at Hedrick Hospice Care in Abilene, Texas. He is survived by his children, Danny, Jonathan, and Sonya; grandchildren; and brother, Rollin. Services were held at the Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories. Frank was laid to rest in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

      All who knew him would agree that Frank was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Frank D. Martindale Sr. did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.