Benjamin Franklyn Saylor

January 20, 1930January 7, 2019

Frank Saylor came in to this world January 20, 1930. His parents were Charles and Lida Saylor. He was a native of Tempe, Arizona, graduated from Tempe High School, and Arizona State College (now ASU). It was there that he met and fell in love with Phyllis. They were married in 1953.

Frank’s greatest joy came from his faith, family, friends and football. He took pride in the fact that he was an All State football player in his Senior year of high school. He enjoyed entertaining, travel, golf, bridge, gardening, home improvement projects, sports and music events. Frank was skilled at woodworking, silversmithing, stained glass, silk screening, and carpentry. He particularly enjoyed helping others with their construction projects, building everything from front porches and furniture, to little red barns complete with dutch doors! His Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers at ASU remained friends for life.

Frank was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, where he served faithfully, generously and with great joy.

Probably his favorite place, besides home, was the family cabin at Mormon Lake. Perhaps his next favorite was Lake Powell, where he enjoyed many summers houseboating and water skiing with family and friends. (He was NOT a fisherman!)

Frank is survived by his sister Phyllis Smith, his wife Phyllis (Newhall) Saylor, daughter Ann (Matt) Gruner , son Paul (Erica) Saylor, grandchildren Ben (Joy ) Saylor, Nathan Saylor and Emma Gruner. He also had many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, even great-greats, who dearly loved their Uncle Frank.

There will be a Celebration of Life , held at Friendship Village Tempe Auditorium, (2645 E. Southern Ave.) on Saturday January 26, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the same location.


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Benjamin Franklyn Saylor

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Jim McCarthy

January 21, 2019

I am truly sad to hear that Frank passed on. I worked directly for Frank way back when at AiResearch. He was motivational and always supportive. He treated me the way that any person would want to be treated. What a great person!

Jim McCarthy, Flagstaff