OBITUARY

Francis Prince Odom

December 2, 1943November 19, 2021
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On November 19, 2021 Francis Prince Odom joined his mother, Myrtle G. White and grandmother, Vivian McBride, in heaven. He is survived by this wife, Wilhelmina Espiritu Odom, his son Troy Odom and his sisters Vivian Malson and Gloria Shines Mack. Francis was born on December 2, 1943 in Glouster, Mississippi to Myrtle Hunter. After traveling and living in several states, the family decided to settle in Pocatello, Idaho. Francis excelled in his formative years academically and athletically. He earned honors in track and field. After graduating high school, Francis joined the Army from 1963 to 1966. While primarily based in Germany, Francis continued his track career representing the Army, competing in several nations. He also competed in Ping Pong, a sport that enabled him to compete in several countries, including China. In true form, Francis also excelled at boxing. He attended Idaho State, his beloved alma mater. On a combination of the GI bill & partial athletic scholarship. Once returning to Idaho, Francis began an illustrious career with First Security Bank. Climbing up the ranks, he was transferred to Idaho Falls. He then chose to go back the Pocatello branch in order to be near his ailing mother. Francis eventually was transferred to Boise, Idaho as branch manager. He served there for several years before being promoted to Vice President at First Security, transferred to Las Vegas, Nevada and supervised at least five branches of the bank. Francis was revered by members of the community, government and non-profit communities. In 1990 Francis was commissioned by the State of Idaho Centennial Commission to write A Century of Quiet Accomplishment, the black history of Idaho. He served as the President of the Idaho Mental Health Association. He volunteered on several community boards, utilizing his financial acumen to help the community. He also served and President of local chapters of the NAACP. Not only was Francis deeply involved with his work, he has always been deeply involved with his community. His personal hobbies were equally eclectic. He was an avid historian, collecting and reading books. He would do research online for various topics including his family tree. One of his favorite past times was collecting comic books and this hobby was passed to him from his mother and then passed on to his son. He loved gardening and his back yard was prized by him. He loved all facets of Las Vegas, from the community to the entertainment to the weather. He loved to entertain guests from around the nation, especially his friends from Idaho. Francis P. Odom touched everyone who ever knew him -- he was a true renaissance man and will be dearly missed.

A visitation for Francis will be held Monday, November 29, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Palm Downtown Mortuary, 1325 North Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, followed by a funeral service at 5:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmdowntownmortuary.com for the Odom family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 29, 2021

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Lydia & Vern Helton

December 2, 2021

We’ve known Francis since 1994 & ever since him & my husband become best friends. He’s a very smart, kind & most of all his always there for us for good times & bad times. So many great memories that we’ve shared that we will not forgotten. In our hearts & mind he’s a true friends. May you Rest In Peace beloved friend Francis Odom

Nichole Gill

November 29, 2021

Uncle Francis my memory of you will forever live on in my heart I know that you are up there enjoying what we only hear of is Paradise . Please continue to check in on us from time to time . I love you
Your niece ,
Nikki

Amy Luekenga

November 27, 2021

I knew Francis, Mr. Odom, through my parents, Terry and Linda Hales. He worked at First Security Bank in Pocatello. The funny thing he was friends with my parents, but he was friends with every one. I don’t think anyone had a bad word to say about Francis. He may have been your friend, but in anyone’s mind or eye, that would also mean you were family.
To a teenager or young adult, like myself, Francis was the coolest guy around. He dressed and acted cool. He would listen to you and also tell great stories. He was funny and always had a wonderful smile. In reading his obituary it does not surprise me that he was interested and accomplished in so many things. He was very intelligent and known for his athletic abilities, especially track.
Many heartfelt condolences go to the family. My hope is that these stories and memories help you cope in the days to come. I know he was always very proud of Troy.
I feel very fortunate to have known him and will always remember him fondly. Be at rest and peace, kind sir.

Amy Hales Luekenga

Linda Hales

November 27, 2021

I met Francis when he worked with Terry Hales in Pocatello First Security Bank. he was enjoyable to be around, always kind, courteous, intelligent, joyful and a smile on his face. I recall many people who were long-time friends and I was lucky to be one of them as he was mine. He was a true kind gentleman and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him I send condolences to his family.

Linda Hales

Terry Hales

November 27, 2021

I remember to many years working with Francis at First Security Bank. What a great friend and co worker he was. Always smiling and lightly taping the back of his head when he was thinking hard. We have had a few after hours drinks at the Grand Saloon and other places. Great conversations and solved many of the worlds problems.

My sympathy to his wife and son. They will miss his smile and generosity. He was a great friend and companion to you both. His sister is also in my thoughts at this time.

Romeo Morales

November 26, 2021

I have never met Francis, I had hope to meet and chat with him personally but the Covid thing didn't make it possible for us to meet. I had known him from what I read about him as posted by his wife and that gave me a good impression of him. I believed on what was written and my interest to see him grew every time something about him would be said. For me he really is of what was said about him and I could safely say he was indeed a good man, a good provider, and good and loving father to his son and husband to his wife. How I wish I could have met him.

James Shelly

November 25, 2021

I met Frances in 1972 when he transferred to Boise with First Security Bank. We discovered that we were nearly the same age, and shared many common hobbies: pool, dominoes, chess, basketball, and card games. Being a responsible father to Troy was a high priority, and Francis was very pleased when he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Frances was a true friend for 49 years. I will miss him.

Rob Onnen

November 24, 2021

I worked side by side with Francis at First Security Bank starting in 1977. We exchanged greetings on our birthdays every year since. We played snooker together and of course he usually won. I cherish our friendship and will miss him and his kindness.
Rob Onnen

Robert Cornelius

November 23, 2021

Francis and I shared some good times with each other while working for Storage One. I often enjoyed the stories he told of his mother and family during prohibition and speak easy joints. He is a kind fellow who will be missed by many. I shared lots of music with him too. I was lucky have known him.
Rest in peace Francis.

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