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Frank John Valentino

October 18, 1952April 23, 2021

Frank John Valentino, Beloved Husband, Father, Papa, Son, Brother and Friend... Forever in our Hearts...

Frank John Valentino, age 68, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021. Frank was born October 18, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York.

We are lost without Frank. He was our rock, our center, the love of Linda’s life, the greatest father the girls could ever have, and the best Papa ever.

Frank was the second of seven children, born to Rosemarie and Rudolph Valentino. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He had a wonderful childhood with Louis, Joanne, Rose, Donna, Joseph, and Patrick. He was an excellent student, received a scholarship to Marquette University, and earned a bachelors degree. During his time there, he made lifelong friends that became family to us.

After college, he had a 40 year career in the paper industry. In true Frankie fashion, his colleagues became part of the family. People refer to Frank as a wonderful mentor, caring individual, and the best boss ever.

Linda and Frank got married and started their family in 1979. First came Angela Marie, then Laura Theresa, and last but not least, Jenna Kathleen. Frank was a hands on father from the beginning and that’s where he truly found his joy. He would say that Linda was his queen and his daughters were his princesses and he truly treated them as such.

Despite his busy work schedule, he made a point to be there always. From sports, to dance, to everything in between. He was a guiding light filled with words of wisdom and infinite support. He was so proud to see his girls graduate from college. He also had the pleasure of walking them down the aisle. He earned his Proud Papa status when Laura and Chris welcomed Christian and Lila, Jenna and Mike welcomed Vincent and Gabriel, and Angela and Mike welcomed Everleigh.

Besides his family and friends, he enjoyed Marquette basketball, the Phoenix Suns, the New York Yankees, Vegas, March Madness, Spring Training, collecting sports memorabilia, Sunday family dinners, and coaching from the sidelines. His love of music was shared with others on Facebook through “Frankie’s Friday Faves”. His favorite pastime was anything that involved his grandchildren whether it was playing monsters, giving them new toys from his alter ego “Uncle Boshi”, bringing them lunch, or sneaking them candy.

His spirit will live on with all of us as his love for life was so contagious.

A memorial mass for Frank will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3201 S. Evergreen Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282.

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

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Gary Ellis

May 6, 2021

Oh, what a guy! Many adventures with Frank while working together at Potlatch, including sneaking into the still under-construction women's gym at Marquette while on a sales trip together. Frank was very proud of his family, and reveled in being the father of girls (I have boys, so we traded stories). So sorry for your family's loss!

Gary Ellis

Jim Marlin

May 6, 2021

Our hearts go out to the whole beautiful Valentino family. Pam and I are heartbroken. Frank was the patriarch of all time and loved his family dearly. We are with you in spirit.
My life was better because Frank was in it.
He was my dear friend, more like a brother, for almost 50 years. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.

Joan Wiebe

May 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to Linda, the girls, grandchildren & all the many family and friends.
I met your sweet father with your mother at Church of the Resurrection in Tempe, Arizona. Your family was a very devoted & dedicated to God and their Catholic faith.
I met your father through Jenna, your father’s commitment, deep love & dedication to family will long be remembered l!
He was so very proud of you Jenna!
Frank Valentino was an inspiration of what family & parenting should be - dedication & love.
Thank you Linda & Frank for making a huge impression on my marriage & life ( I was only 10-15 years of marriage - when I met this amazing family! )
I am so so sorry to learn of your tremendous loss. Please know that I am keeping you all in prayers & sending love.
Your sweet husband & ever loving daddy will always be with you!
God’s Continued Blessings & Peace be with all of you!
Much love always, Joan Wiebe

Arnie Reppucci

May 4, 2021

Frank
It’s taken this long to be able to express my sorrow and shock of your passing.
It took a while for me not to be able to hear that voice on the phone saying
“what up Aaaaarnie”and then have those hour conversations.
You were without a doubt “one of a kind”
The many memories of the past twenty years both business and personal will stay with me forever.
My amazement of what you would do for other people, especially your family and friends will
stay with us forever
The many people you touched and loved in your unique loving manner, how you touched people of all ages young and old with your open heart and your caring for others.
How can we ever forget your loving zingers, nicknames, and of course the memories, all different but personal they will never be forgotten
And now you’re gone,

I will never forget my last conversation with you very late Thursday evening, pleading with you to pick up the phone, reach out to somebody
But no “you didn’t and wouldn’t want to bother anybody this late at night”
But that was you, always giving and thinking of others

RIP my friend

Boy am I going to miss YOU

George Bauslaugh

May 4, 2021

Ah Frankie, you left us much too soon! I worked with Frank, as his representative to the Texas grocery business, and in those 20 years, we sold one heck of a lot Clearwater's paper products. But the great thing about Frank, was that he make every day special, and fun. Plant tours to Las Vegas, final 4 basketball weekends, what ever it was, if you were with Frank, it was memorable and special.

He was the finest person that I have ever had the pleasure to call my Friend. He lived each day to limit, and truly enjoyed his life's journey. May he rest in eternal peace.

Jay Mulligan

May 4, 2021

Frank was a wonderful father, Papa, friend and true Marquette Warrior. From our days at the Gym at Marquette to our get togethers in Las Vegas for March Madness and the Super Bowls, it was always a pleasure to be in Frank’s company. We have always enjoyed great times at the sporting events and social gatherings with our other Marquette Brothers. Frank will be missed by all of us who loved him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all Frank’s family at this difficult time. God Bless all who knew Frank and whose lives were touched by him.

Jay Mulligan

Tom Lyall

May 3, 2021

I met Frank when I was a buyer at Kroger and could not have dealt with a better sales person. He was incredible and did so much for everyone including my son Andrew (Night Train). Frank will be missed by all and it is hard to be believe he has left us.
All our best to Linda, Lauren, Angela, Jena and the entire family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers always.

Love Tom (Percher) and Judy Lyall

Mike Ansay

May 2, 2021

Our Friend Frankie,
I had the privilege of knowing Frankie from Marquette. I met Frank at the Gym bar in his referee uniform. I later got to understand him and his negotiation skills when I played intramural sports. He was direct and not afraid to confront the situation, but always with his special way that made you think about it after the emotion of the call was over. Later, I learned about his family and his upbringing. This put in motion his value system. People were attracted to Frankie. He loved people and fun, never forgetting his values. You see his values came from home. Both his parents where big influences in his life. Marquette was very important to Frankie. Make no mistake he is and always will be a Warrior. He embraced the Jesuit philosophy and had many Jesuits as friends at Marquette. After all he was part of the Father Raynor Era. The Jesuit influence along with his parents inspired Frank to be Frank. He spoke a lot about his family from Brooklyn and all his cousins.
At Marquette, Frank met the love of his life Linda. As life moved on, we would stay in touch always providing insights to life and just as important his thoughts about Marquette’s basketball team. He knew what was going on in recruiting to the moment. We made a habit later to celebrate Linda’s birthday at the Big East Tournament. It became a tradition. As the families grew, Frank wanted his grandchildren to experience Marquette. He had his grandson and daughter come to basketball camp in Milwaukee. Frank had many families in his life. None more important than his immediate family. He had his family from work that he mentored and cared for both professionally and personally, his friends from Marquette that remained close to him throughout his life. We will miss him, but we have in all of us that knew him, his values, and boundaries of success. May God Bless Linda and their Daughters and Grandchildren.

Mike Ansay

May 2, 2021

Our Friend Frankie,
I had the privilege of knowing Frankie from Marquette. I met Frank at the Gym bar in his referee uniform. I later got to understand him and his negotiation skills when I played intramural sports. He was direct and not afraid to confront the situation, but always with his special way that made you think about it after the emotion of the call was over. Later, I learned about his family and his upbringing. This put in motion his value system. People were attracted to Frankie. He loved people and fun, never forgetting his values. You see his values came from home. Both his parents where big influences in his life. Marquette was very important to Frankie. Make no mistake he is and always will be a Warrior. He embraced the Jesuit philosophy and had many Jesuits as friends at Marquette. After all he was part of the Father Raynor Era. The Jesuit influence along with his parents inspired Frank to be Frank. He spoke a lot about his family from Brooklyn and all his cousins.
At Marquette, Frank met the love of his life Linda. As life moved on, we would stay in touch always providing insights to life and just as important his thoughts about Marquette’s basketball team. He knew what was going on in recruiting to the moment. We made a habit later to celebrate Linda’s birthday at the Big East Tournament. It became a tradition. As the families grew, Frank wanted his grandchildren to experience Marquette. He had his grandson and daughter come to basketball camp in Milwaukee. Frank had many families in his life. None more important than his immediate family. He had his family from work that he mentored and cared for both professionally and personally, his friends from Marquette that remained close to him throughout his life. Frank just loved people in general. He saw the good in them. Frank also would tell you if you were not doing the right things. He understood boundaries. Frank, after all, was the patriarch for the family. We will miss him, but we have in all

Dawayne Eazor

May 2, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Linda, Angela, Jenna, Laura, and the Valentino Family. There are no words that can describe the pain, when we loose a Frank Valentino. His million dollar smile, his wisdom, and his grace is unlike anyone we have every met. After the first 5 minutes of saying hello, Frank was your best friend. The man was proud, to talk about his family, his Brooklyn roots, and his deep love for Marquette University. We all agree, God sent us an Angel, with Frank Valentino. Rest In Peace Frank, until we meet again ! May your memory, be forever eternal.
Dawayne and Sue

FROM THE FAMILY