OBITUARY

Mark Andrew Franke

March 12, 1952February 26, 2020
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On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Mark Andrew Franke, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly at the age of 67.

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on March 12, 1952, Mark excelled in both sports and studies throughout his life, but his true success came in 10th grade World History class when he finally asked out the love of his life. Following his brothers to Georgia Tech, he told that love, Pamela Metz, that she had to marry him because he had signed up for married housing. Upon graduating with straight A’s, he enjoyed a lifetime career at Shell Oil, finding friends in Traverse City, Michigan; Houston, Texas; and finally in Covington, Louisiana.

Raising two daughters, Molly and Sarah, he managed to stay sane through last-minute science projects, physics homework, school plays, recitals, track meets, and slammed doors. Over the last ten years, Mark, Pam, and their daughters have enjoyed Mark’s retirement together, traveling with Pam, yelling at the TV during football games with Molly, and battling for reward card points and stays with Sarah. Mark had a true passion for life. Traveling the world, golfing the great courses, and enjoying the best of times with family and friends at wine dinners, Disney World, golf tournaments, Indy 500, Mardi Gras, Christmas bell lunches, rafting the Grand Canyon, charity events, and nights around the fire pit with a good bottle of wine.

Mark never met a person he couldn’t advise. He was silently sentimental, and was always supporting those who needed help. He loved good music, and his playlists have kept many a party or golf game going over the decades. Mark was quite proud of always carrying a koozie that would fit not only a can or bottle, but a glass as well, triumphantly pulling it from his pocket with a flourish. Not one for an Irish exit, Mark would stay until the last drop had been enjoyed. His family and friends are grateful for more than six decades with such a loving, bright, caring, lionhearted individual.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Fritz and mother Ozie, and brothers Fritz and Steve (Diane), as well as parents-in-law Carolyn and Bud Metz. He is survived by his wife Pam, his two children Molly Martin (David) & Sarah, granddaughter Sophie, his brothers Michael (Nancy) and Timothy (Fran), and sisters Bethany, and Melanie Spencer (Phillip), sisters-in-law Paula Cash (Chris) and Patti Case (Phillip), and many loving family members, including cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends he considered family.

A full life lived to the last drop will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 2020, beginning at 1:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family, followed by a sharing of memories and reception at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA, 70433. Not one for suits and ties in his off-time (though he did look handsome when he cleaned up), suggested dress code is casual – golf shirts, Hawaiian shirts, or anything else Mark loved. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity, or pay it forward in Mark’s name with a random act of kindness.

Remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

  • FAMILY

  • Fritz Franke, Father (deceased)
  • Ozie Franke, Mother (deceased)
  • Fritz, Brother (deceased)
  • Steve, Brother (deceased)
  • Bud Metz, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Carolyn Metz, Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Pam Franke, Wife
  • Molly Martin (David), Daughter
  • Sarah, Daughter
  • Sophie, Granddaughter
  • Michael (Nancy), Brother
  • Timothy (Fran), Brother
  • Bethany, Sister
  • Melanie Spencer (Phillip), Sister
  • Paula Cash (Chris), Sister-in-law
  • Patti Case (Phillip), Sister-in-law
  • Mr. Franke is also survived by many loving family members, including cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends he considered family.

Services

  • A Celebration of a Full Life Lived to the Last Drop Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Sharing of Memories by Friends and Family Saturday, March 7, 2020

Memories

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Renee Brown

April 6, 2020

Mr. Mark,
Who will I debate Chevron vs She’ll stock with now? Of course I already know the answer!
You always made me smile and feel like one of your own children. Everyone loved being in your presence and I always had a sense of calm when you were around. I will miss your jokes, your advice on Disney and Hawaii, and your infectious smile. But most of all I will miss you. Thank you for being a father and a friend to all.
Until we meet again...

Sue Waters

March 7, 2020

Dear Pam, Molly, and Sarah,
My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. Mark touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Mark many years ago. I personally appreciated his great sense of humor and kindness. He will be missed by all.

Denise Crais

March 7, 2020

Mr. Mark was such a supportive and wonderful father. He even embraced his daughters’ friends, no matter what shenanigans we were getting into. He never missed a Flyday and was a great joy to be around. Happy hour at Domenica, wine tastings at Beau Chene, a pint at the Abita Visitors Center, Mardi Gras at Acme, lunch at Bayona, all are places I was the beneficiary of his generosity, expertise, warmth, and witty one-liners. He and Ms. Pam have been wonderful role models as a couple. Not only do they genuinely enjoy each other but they are also amazing parents, grandparents, and friends. May all the love the Frankes have poured into all of us over the years come back to them as they navigate life without him. He will be greatly missed.

Holly Barrett

March 7, 2020

Pam, Molly, and Sarah,

My heart goes out to you all. Mark was a man well loved and so obviously loved his family. I hope your wonderful memories give you comfort. I am sorry I can't be with you to celebrate his life; I am in Sarasota working until April.
Hugs to you all,
Holly

Cheri Wilson

March 5, 2020

Pam, Molly & Sarah...Bob & I have so many wonderful memories of your Dad from our years together in Spring. Always up for anything! I just watched the video & it was heartwarming & made me smile to know he lived each day to the fullest.
I pray that God will be close to you all as you grieve & miss your love & your rock.

Peace & comfort & hugs to you...Cheri xo

Cynthia Martina

March 5, 2020

It was a pleasure to have known Mark. He was such a gentleman. He enjoyed life and made every minute count. I pray that the beautiful memories he left with his family will help them to find peace and heal.

Terri Dees

March 5, 2020

Pam,
What a shock to see this in the Spartanburg paper. So many memories came rushing by- from Paula and I hiding in the pines to watch when Mark brought you home from your first date, to moving you in to that little apartment at GT- it was always Pam and Mark- never one without the other. I can tell from all the pictures and condolences that you and the girls have so much love around you. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you from a distance! I love you!
Terri Teaster Dees

Marilee Cash

March 5, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss - words cannot begin to express it. What wonderful memories you all have to treasure in your heart, and amazing stories to share with others. Remember those wonderful times and never feel uncomfortable sharing them with others so they can know Mark through your stories.
Mark was indeed special to everyone who met him. We will always remember wonderful times, especially Bag Hats with Mark wearing Bubba teeth and crazy glasses along with a fabulous bag hat. JCC! Mark certainly lived life to the fullest and brought joy and laughter to everyone he encountered.
Many prayers for strength and comfort for you all. Love you all so much.

Joe Leimkuhler

March 4, 2020

To Pam, Molly and Sarah.

Here is hoping the time passes quickly between the feeling of loss and the feeling of a warm smile when remembering your husband and Dad.

Mark was one in a go-zillion. Great friend, co-worker, and golfing great! Missed by many and remembered by all.

Joe & Stephanie

Donna Hiott

March 4, 2020

May God bless all of you during this time. All of your Charleston Family is sending hugs and kisses to all of you .

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