Daniel James Franklin
March 23, 1956 – August 26, 2020
Daniel “Danny” J. Franklin, of Indianapolis, IN passed away on Wednesday August 26, 2020 after reaching the age of 64 years. He died of natural causes at his home and will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
Danny was born on March 23, 1956 in Denville, NJ to Earl James and Mary Joan Franklin. He grew up on the North side of Indianapolis and enjoyed spending his youth playing baseball, fishing and generally enjoying sports and the outdoors. He ran track in high school and went to the State Finals in high jump. He attended Purdue University and followed the teams with great zeal.
As a young man he developed a passion for carpentry and woodworking. Several of the pieces that he made during his formative years are still in use by various members of his family. He continued to develop his love of carpentry throughout his lifetime in both his professional and personal life.
Danny always had an entrepenurial spirit and ran his own business, Franklin Tile & Construction, beginning in the late 90s. He prided himself on his commitment to craftsmanship and would work tirelessly to ensure that his clients were happy and his tile and marble work would last the lifetime of a home.
In 1982, he met his best friend and lifelong companion, Rebeka “Becky” Morris. They were married on August 18, 1990. The couple spent the next 30 years raising Becky’s children, whom he loved as his own. He turned their home into a testament to his artistic talents with tile and marble. He cherished his visits to his sister’s cabin in Colorado. Danny loved his dogs and gardening but mostly spending time with his grandchildren.
Danny will be remembered for his curious and inquisitive nature. He loved reading and exploring new places. He was known by his family to go on long drives for the simple joy of seeing new things and discovering new places. Danny was indeed his own man, unpretentious in every regard. His friends and family will miss his big voice and even bigger heart.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents, James and Joan Franklin and step-daughter, Melissa Morris.
Danny is survived by his loving wife, Rebeka Franklin, step-children, Christopher and Nicole Morris, his beloved grandchildren, Charlie, Sam, Rebeka and William as well as 5 sisters, Sue, Mare, Beth, Jean and Anna and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Cherry Tree Shelter at Fort Harrison State Park on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 1-3 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic 1505 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201
- FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Harrison State Park
Cherry Tree Shelter
Daniel James Franklin
Mary Cunningham Healy
September 11, 2020
I lived around to corner from Danny for the first 4 years of his life and have been a lifelong friend of his sister Sue. I remember Danny as a happy baby and fun loving energetic boy. My prayers go out to his loving family.
September 9, 2020
Danny was a skilled and talented craftsman. He helped us out so much with remodeling and fixing things through the years. He had a kind way and had an infectious laugh I so enjoyed. Danny was a good man and will be truly missed by so many blessed to know him. Rest easy, Danny 😇
September 1, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. We were in high school together and he used to drive me to CCD classes since we were both Catholic. I had a crush on him at the time, but it wasn't reciprocated. I admired him.