OBITUARY

Robert Craig Franz

November 16, 1957November 24, 2018
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LET’S REMEMBER CRAIG SMILING HOW HE LIVED OUT ALL OF HIS DREAMS........ LIVING AT THE BEACH, CATCHING A WAVE, INSURING MOTORCYCLE BUSINESSES THEN BECOMING AN OWNER OF HIS HARLEY DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP.

A SWORN POLICE RESERVE OFFICER FOR THE RIALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT. CRAIG EARNED HIS BACHELORS DEGREE FROM PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY & WAS A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER FOR THE DEL ROSA HOT SHOTS.

CRAIG NEVER PASSED UP A FUN OPPORTUNITY: TRAVELING TO CHINA TO RIDE WITH THE SHANGHAI HOG GROUP, CAMPING TRIPS TO KENNEDY MEADOWS WITH THE DIRT BIKE CREW, LAPS AROUND THE COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY TRACK ON A HARLEY THREE WHEELER, GLAMIS SAND DUNES FOR A NIGHT RUN ON AN ATC OR DUNE BUGGY OR HEADING TO LAKE MEAD TO RIDE THE SEA-DOOS AND CREATING A LIFETIME OF CHERISHED MEMORIES AT THE BEACH WITH HIS DAUGHTER.

AND WE CAN’T FORGET THAT THRILL RIDE..... TAIL OF THE DRAGON AT DEALS GAP WITH 318 CURVES IN 11 MILES WITH HIS WIFE MELISSA. WOW, HE WAS AN ADVENTEROUS SOUL WHOM WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY ALL.

LEAVING BEHIND MELISSA, HIS LOVING WIFE & BEST FRIEND OF 33 YEARS, DAUGHTER LYNZI, MOTHER EILEEN, SISTERS LINDA, DIANE, KAREN, MANY BROTHERS & SISTER IN LAWS, NIECES, NEPHEWS, AND THE THREE PRECIOUS POODLES: SUGAR BEAR, COCO CHANEL & POSH SPICE.

CRAIG LIVED BY THE MOTTO'S OF “LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE” & "JUST DO IT"

Services

15 December

Memorial Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Services

Chapel

27856 Center Drive
Mission Viejo, California 92692

15 December

Reception

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Services

Reception Center

27856 Center Drive
Mission Viejo, California 92692

REMEMBERING

Robert Craig Franz

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Ann Bashaw

December 9, 2018

I’ll never forget the night I was at emergency with my son, he had cut his thumb off in a wood splitter. A man in a uniform came running towards me screaming my name, only to be Craig in his Rialto police uniform, so excited to tell me about his adoption of his new baby girl, Lynzi. As we had talked many times before about adoption, he was overjoyed to finally be getting his daughter. I was so excited for both Craig and Melissa, as we had shared many times our experience with adoption.

Jerry Nisker

December 4, 2018

Craig was a friend and business partner for many years. He was honest, trustworthy and truly a nice guy. Willow and I traveled with Craig and Melissa for years both in business and pleasure and always had a great time. We will always remember those great times together. Craig will be missed, and never forgotten.

Terry Schomburg

November 30, 2018

It was a shock to hear of Craig's passing. He was truly a great guy. I'll never forget the rides he participated in with the Pacific Coast HOG Chapter and especially the rides he organized and participated in with the Shanghai, China HOG Chapter when they visited SoCal. Those rides with the Shanghai HOG chapter are especially memorable. RIP Craig.

To Craig's family, you have my deepest sympathy.

Terry Schomburg
McKinney, TX

Kevin Thompson

November 30, 2018

I was very much part of his "Living the Dream" when he purchased a Harley Davidson dealership. So sad to hear...much love to his family.

Lynzi Franz

November 29, 2018

I remember waiting up for him at night to put me to bed as a kid, waiting for him to tell me a bedtime story. He would give all of his characters a different voice and face, and he’d make my teddy bear talk too. He’d also tell me stories about funny people he pulled over when he was working as a cop. He gave me my love for stories and fantasy

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