Franklin Sanders Black

November 5, 1936January 24, 2021

Dr. Franklin Sanders Black, 84, of Bella Vista passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021. He was born November 5, 1936 in Laramie, Wyoming to the late Volney Emery Black and Pearl Vivette Sanders Black. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Joyce Reasch and Velna Blood and by a grandson, Darren Jesse ‘DJ’ Black. Dr. Black a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, served almost 3 years as a missionary in Japan in the late 1950’s. He loved scouting and achieved the rank Eagle Scout. Following graduation from Washington University School of Dentistry in 1964, he practiced dentistry in Missouri & Colorado retiring in 1994. Franklin enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, woodworking and helping others. He will be remembered for the wonderful times shared with family and friends and his legacy of encouragement to his children. He was married in the Salt Lake Temple to Donna Shirk and they shared nearly 60 years together. He is survived by his wife Donna, and his children Scott Black (Kathy), Darren Black (Marcy), David Black (Anne) and Brian Black (Stephani); 2 sisters, Evetta Averett and Beth Black; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren (with another on the way); numerous extended family members and dear friends. Services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 with visitation beginning at 10:00am. Funeral service begins at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bella Vista at 1 Lambeth Drive. Interment will follow at the Bella Vista Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville. ~~To attend Dr. Black's Funeral Service from a computer or smartphone: Meeting passcode: Liahona To connect with audio only, over the phone: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 978 7054 4109 # (Press # when asked for a participant ID)


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 30, 2021


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Steve Whitney

February 17, 2021

So grateful for Frank and Donna’s constant Love they have shown our Mother and our Family. I feel blessed to have known Frank and pray for Donna and Family at this time. Love you, the Whitney’s

Julie Hosick

January 31, 2021

Donna and family, so very sorry to hear about Frank. He was such a wonderful man, kind to everyone. Steve and I thought so much of him.

Prayers of comfort ..... Julie Hosick

Bob Box

January 30, 2021

A great neighbor. He will be missed.

Diane Sandford

January 29, 2021

Frank was the sweetest, kindest, soft spoken man. He and Donna were the perfect match, they complemented each other so well.
When my husband joined the church it was Frank that went the extra mile to teach Jim the things he needed to know. Frank would call Jim and ask him to take him to Priesthood session of general conference. Im pretty sure without Frank ,Jim would have missed it. Frank I know will continue to be a good missionary. He was a faithful man to the end of his life here on earth. I love you Frank...til we meet again.

Muriel Taylor

January 27, 2021

The Black Family,

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It is always sad when I hear of a good man like Frank, being called home. I will always remember him as a humble, good, man that went about quietly doing good.

I have sweet memories of the help I received from Frank and Donna when Denny passed. They were concerned that I was comfortable and sleeping at night. Some anonymous person or persons bought a Waterbed for me. They came to my house, put it together and hooked it up for me. Neither of them said they knew, but I had my thoughts about where it came from.

I feel that I and my girls have been blessed to know Frank Black and his family. You were all a big part of our Broomfield Second Ward . What a wonderful legacy he has left your family because he was a loving husband, father and a good man.

I will always treasure those memories. God Bless you Donna, and all your family.

Muriel Taylor

Connie Manley

January 27, 2021

Howard and I had many fun times with Frank and Donna. Picnics on Beaver Lake, playing Mexican Train. Enjoyed time at the Family History Center with both Frank and Donna. Loved all the Mexican food dinners and our favorite, Back Porch Cafe in Grove OK.

As has been said by everyone who knew Frank, what a gentle and loving man he truly was. We loved him and will miss him.

Dennis Klakring

January 26, 2021

I always looked up to Frank as an example of what it truly means to be Christlike. I always truly felt at ease when in his company and listened to his wise counsel. Loved his laugh and the kindness in his face. Always, always loved visiting with Frank and Donna.

LaRae Jeffs

January 26, 2021

What a wonderful man. Ballgames. Picnics. Dinners Kids togetherness Sharing. Caring
God bless your family. Till we meet again. Love
LaRae and family