Calvary Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery

3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX


Frank A Campise Sr.

October 21, 1939March 22, 2020

Frank Campise (Papa) passed away peacefully on Sunday March 22, 2020 at the age of 80. Frank was born October 21, 1939 in Dallas, TX to Carlo and Frances (Salvaggio) Campisi(e). He attended Jesuit Dallas and graduated from North Dallas High School.

Frank married his high school sweetheart, Lucy Rose Mentesana on September 25, 1960; they were married 59 years. Frank is a veteran of the Army Reserves and served during the Berlin Missile Crisis at Ft. Polk, Louisiana.

Frank’s lifetime career in the produce industry lead him to be called the “Produce Marketing Guru” by Ben E. Keith due to his expansive and well-respected industry knowledge. He was also considered an Honorary Member of the Dallas & Ft. Worth Chapters of the Texas Chef’s Association. There were many close and cherished work relationships through the years with dear friends and colleagues Jack Bretszkey and Paul Rothe to name just a couple. Frank was very proud of the wonderful Ben E. Keith Foods family in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices.

His passions in life were his faith, family, cooking and Dallas sports. Until his passing, Frank loved hosting gourmet Sunday lunches for all his children, grand-children and “anyone who happened to drop in”. He would spend Saturday and Sunday in the kitchen meticulously preparing beautiful and delicious meals while blasting Nora Jones, Andre Bocelli, Chris Botti and The Platter’s (just to name a few). We will never forget nor compete with producing his incredible 3 and 4 meat entree lunches.

Frank belonged to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church and served as an usher, assisted at weekday mass and visited the sick. Frank was a Third-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus #799. He instilled the love of God and a steadfast work ethic in his family. Papa cared deeply for his family and would move heaven and earth to help them. While away at college, all his grandkids looked forward to one or two weekly phone calls from Papa checking on their activities, tests and well-being. We will miss overhearing his daily phone calls with cousin Sam LaBarba and visits with Sam’s sister Ann Todora rehashing family memories.

Frank is survived by his devoted wife Lucy Rose Mentesana Campise, daughter Mary Frances Campise Archer, husband Mike; sons Tony Campise, wife Kim; and Frank Campise, Jr., wife Carol; grandchildren Laura Archer Haecker, husband Jeff; Joanna Archer, Anthony Campise, wife Grace; Joseph Campise, Sarah Archer, Nicholas Campise, and Ross Campise; great grandchildren Gianna Rose Haecker, Margaret Elizabeth Campise, and Oliver Michael Haecker. He is also survived by his sister Mary Lucido and brother-in-law Larry Lucido, as well as, many nieces and nephews. The family wants to thank Visiting Angel Olivia Rose Lee for six years of devoted service and the Tuesday morning prayer group ladies’ comradery he enjoyed as a member of the Lord’s Circle of Love Prayer Group which conveniently met in their home for 40+ years.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions by the city of Dallas, only immediate family will be attending the funeral service. However, a Memorial Mass and luncheon will be held at a future date for family, friends, and others whose lives Frank touched to reminisce and celebrate the blessings and fullness of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities in memory of Frank:

Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 600 Flowers Ave., Dallas, TX 75211 St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave., Dallas, TX 75214 (checks payable to STA SVdP) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


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Frank A Campise Sr.

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Harrel Neese

March 27, 2020

Frank was one of the chosen Campisi's of the greater family. He like others was one of my favorites, sharing time in business with each of the three places he worked during the fifty years I was in the Dallas market. He was always pleasant, cordial and easy to know. He was tops in his field and took pride in his work and life itself. If you wanted to know about a product, just ask Frank It was a pleasure to call him a friend. See you again soon!!

JODI Duryea

March 26, 2020

Frank used to come to my Cooking classes at the University of North Texas. He was an absolute favorite guest speaker. His genuine love of produce and people showed and the students loved him.
May he rest in peace and with you all.

Kelly Cook

March 26, 2020

Frank was a great person as well as a great resource for all things produce. He would always be available to talk to the students at food shows and identify the exotic fruits and vegetables, the production and harvest process necessary to get items to the customers. He was just as open and friendly with the seasoned chefs and customer who he interacted with over the many years he served in our industry. His smile will be missed.
Kelly Cook, CEC, AAC
President Texas Chefs Association

Brian Ronk

March 26, 2020

Frank was one of the best men I have ever meet , He was one of the best mentors a young man could ever ask for . I meet Frank when I was a very young man and have stayed in touch with him my entire life he will never be forgotten . He was a tremendous influence in my life , Not just business but in my personal life as well . I could always depend on him if I needed any advice or anything else I needed , My thoughts and prayers are with Tony and Frank Jr and the rest of the family at this time , God Bless

Mark Tilley

March 25, 2020

I have many great memories regarding Frank. He was a truly great man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was always a pleasant person with an omnipresent smile. He was a mentor and a friend and he is missed. Since his retirement about five years ago, I always looked forward to seeing him at the food shows in the Dallas market.
Rest in peace Frank. I look forward to seeing you again. Make us a couple of potatoes and I will bring some Steaks.

Mike Endsley

March 25, 2020

What a guy. I was fortunate and blessed to know Frank most of my adult life and the last 15 or so years to work side by side. He was one of the most influential people for me personally. Lucy Rose, Tony and the rest of the family sincere prayers and condolences for you.
GOD speed

Vanessa Washington

March 25, 2020

The world has lost a wonderful man! I was fortunate enough to have Frank ride with me numerous times in the Abilene market. He was full of all kinds of knowledge and always willing to share it. Produce was his passion, but he taught me so much more. I’m sending my love and prayers to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Frank.


Jack Bretzke

March 25, 2020

Frank was a friend and colleague. Over the past 40 years, Frank & I enjoyed working on projects at the Ben E Keith Company DFW and The Texas Chefs Association. He was the DFW produce guru until he retired - he was one of a kind. His produce seminars and demo's were always informative and educational. Frank enjoyed meeting with the Dallas, Fort Worth and East Texas Chefs sharing his knowledge. We shared and enjoyed many meals together as we traveled. In the DFW area, Frank was known as one of the top produce professional in the industry .... always there to answer a question. Frank was a wonderful person in all aspects … his presence will be missed by all of us, especially me.

roger williams

March 25, 2020

Frank was a great man and a great leader . I enjoyed every moment working with him. His passion for the business was endless and always focused on the company . He will be dearly missed .
rest in peace my friend and I will expect to see Markon Produce in Heaven when I get there .

Steve McWilliams

March 25, 2020

We have lost a great man, a great friend and a great co-worker. Frank and I had some great times together working on sales meetings, enjoying dinners together in Abilene, discussing sales reps ride-along's, working food shows, doing produce cuttings and just simply sharing conversations. He was always proud of his grand children always ready to give me an update on their status and always asking me how my own boys and wife, Jana, were doing.
Frank was the BEST.
Godspeed Mr. Frank.
Rest in Peace in the produce patches of heaven.
I will always cherish our friendship.