John Gregory Franson

March 25, 1958February 25, 2020

John Gregory Franson, 61, of Austin, Texas passed away February 25, 2020, at his home. John was born March 25, 1958 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John owned a very successful company for many years, making his mark on Austin and the business world. After he sold his company, he continued to take on new projects in different areas of Texas. John was a brilliant, successful businessman and was always there to offer advice to anyone who wanted it. That wisdom will surely be missed by many. He had a big heart, was a loyal friend and was described as a big teddy bear. John was a jokester; he had a wicked sense of humor and always found a way to make anyone and everyone in the room laugh. He loved to give his friends nicknames, not necessarily to be funny, but to ensure each of them knew they were special to him. In his youth he was quite the athlete and never found a sport he didn’t love and he wasn’t good at. He was a fierce competitor to any and all who chose to play against him.

John attended Reagan High School and LBJ High School in Austin and remained friends with so many of his high school friends. He went on to Southwest Texas University for a couple of years to study business. John was preceded in death by his Mother, Harriet Karides Franson and his dad, John Lee Franson. He is survived by 2 brothers - Nash Franson and Antonis Lamias, 3 sisters - Elizabeth Rockett and her husband Jim, Kathi Deaton and Bessy Lam, an uncle he called his brother - Labros Lamias and his wife Mary, 4 nieces (Kristine, Keli, Jessica and Jennifer) and 2 nephews (Clay and Michael), several cousins, and too many dear friends to name who meant so much to him. They were also his family.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a future date and time.


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Melanie Bjugan

March 1, 2020

John was a very good friend of mine always. My husband and I did some minor construction work for him recently and it was so good to see and visit with him. I will miss him always.

Love always,

Alt Montgomery

February 29, 2020

John was family to all my family. My mother Ester Moore loves him like one of her kids. He kept in touch with her and we watched him grow up from a kid. John you will be missed. We love you very much. He was funny and a great friend and brother to me and my deceased husband Mike Montgomery. Gone but never forgotten. Sorry I will not be able to be there as I’m out of the state. Sending my love and prayers to all his family and friends.

vasiliki (Bessy) lamιas

February 29, 2020

Gregory. You didn't get to see the beautiful landscapes of your ancestors. Not even the faces of loved ones. People's plans are different from God's plans. I want to extend my condolences to everyone who loved you.

Angela Goodman

February 28, 2020

John, We just reconnected 3 years ago and it was a wonderful reconnection. I will miss our late night chats until 2am. I'm going to miss our laughs and all the memories we shared, so many wonderful memories. You have been such a blessing to me and a good confident always there for me to listen to what I was going through.
I'm sure going to miss you. Lots of love my dear cousin.