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Lawrence Tyler Francis

March 6, 1985November 24, 2014
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Lawrence Tyler Francis, 29, passed away unexpectedly on November 24, 2014, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Tyler was born March 6, 1985, to L.F. “Rick” and Ginger Francis in El Paso, Texas. He and the love of his life Sara Elizabeth-Jean Francis recently celebrated their first anniversary.

Tyler was President/CEO of Francis Aviation at Dona Ana International Jetport and recently expanded operations to the Las Cruces Municipal Airport. He served on the Board for Dona Ana International Jetport, War Eagles Air Museum, Amigo Airsho and Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council. He was recently awarded membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and Society of Mayflower Descendants. Tyler, a fifth generation El Pasoan, was an Eagle Scout (Troop 4), a finalist in the Texas State Debate Championship (2001) and was Texas State champion in the DECA Entrepreneurship category (2002). At the age of 15, he began buying, renovating and selling homes. He was pledge class president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at University of Arizona. Tyler is a UTEP graduate and received his MBA at Texas Tech University.

Tyler’s love of aviation began at the age of 10, building radio-controlled airplanes with his mentor and friend, Tom Holmsley. He purchased his first airplane while in grad school at Texas Tech. Upon graduating, he moved to Santa Teresa, where he worked for and later purchased Blue Feather Aero which he renamed Francis Aviation. He was a skilled pilot who also enjoyed skydiving. Tyler was very adventurous and enjoyed hiking, camping, and skiing. One of his notable adventures included climbing past Advanced Base Camp on Mount Everest.

Tyler’s enthusiasm for life was infectious and he positively impacted those around him. His charismatic, energetic, positive and caring personality will be forever remembered. Tyler’s life has changed us all, the devastation of his passing, but also the joy of having known him.

Tyler is survived by his wife, Sara; parents, Ginger and Rick Francis; In-laws Nancy and John Paben; Grandparents, Doris and Rollo Gurss, Marilyn and Larry Francis; Sister, Lauren (John) Steinmann, and many aunts and uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Tyler’s life at St Clement Church (810 N. Campbell, El Paso, 79902) at 1PM on Saturday, November 29th. A private family graveside ceremony will happen at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council or the War Eagles Museum.

Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 29, 2014


Lawrence Tyler Francis

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Hal Marcus and Patricia Medici

January 26, 2015

As time slowly passes, may you continue to feel comforted by the memory of your son Tyler and the love and support of family, friends and the many people in our community who, like us, know you only slightly, but feel for you deeply. Please accept our belated condolences.

Yvette Saavedra

December 23, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Francis,

I was deeply sadden by the news of Tyler's passing...My heart felt condolences to you and your family...May the memories of Tyler help you find peace...You and your family are in our prayers... Yvette Saavedra

December 14, 2014

I am so, so, so sorry and you are all in my thoughts and prayer. I will light a candle in my church and also in Notre Dame for him and you. I wish I could do more!!!

Ann James Massey

Christine Warner-DeLeon

December 12, 2014

Please know I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and daily prayers.
You may have seen the following proverb before but I offer it as a positive way to view your sudden loss.

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones smile down to let us know that they are happy.” - Eskimo proverb

Much love,
Christine D. Warner-Deleon
Loretto Academy
Class of 1975

Martha Cedillo

December 11, 2014

Our Deepest Sympathies and condolences to the Francis and Gurss family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Holmsley

December 7, 2014

Many of my thoughts are of you and your family and my prayers are with you. Tyler was such a remarkable young man and will never be forgotten. My heart is broken for you.

Ana Cortez

December 4, 2014

we are very sorry for your loss. He will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts & Prayers are with you at this difficult time you are going through.
Art Center staff/El Paso,TX

December 4, 2014

My sincere belated condolences to you. I am a Denver area private pilot and used to rent planes from Tyler when visiting my in-laws every few months. He was a remarkable young man and we had some good conversations and laughs! I will miss him and my prayers are for his family. God Bless you all.

Bill Mason

Adam Herrera

December 2, 2014

Mr. And Mrs. Francis, my deepest condolences for your loss. Tyler was an amazing man from an amazing family. You all have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. There is now one more angel looking over you.

Phyllis Price

December 1, 2014

Ah, Rick and Ginger, I am so sorry for your unbearable loss. Tyler was so much fun to interview for the Tom Lea Institute. His absolute immersion in his life and delight about that was contagious. His "go for it" attitude was learned from the two of you. You are and will be in Gaspar's and my meditations and prayers.