Elmer D. Francisco

February 2, 1924December 16, 2012
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Elmer D. Francisco February 2, 1924 – December 16, 2012 Elmer Francisco, a long time Spokane resident is survived by his wife, Diane’ children, Donna Olson (Jim) Spokane, Patty Woodworth (Roger) Hayden, Idaho, and Ron Francisco (Becki) Dallas, Oregon. He has 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Elmer was employed at the Spokesman Review for many years as a linotype operator and he finished his years of employment as a houseparent at the Lutheran School for the Deaf in Detroit, Michigan with his wife Millie. Upon retirement they returned to Spokane and Elmer survived Millie in death in 1992. Elmer married Diane Lindemann in 2000. Elmer was very involved in his church, Faith Lutheran Church for the Deaf on Northwest Boulevard. He served as an elder and church president. He became involved as a member of the International Lutheran Deaf Association and was president of the national organization for 8 years. Elmer loved teaching people American Sign Language. Many of his students became friends over the years. It always made him happy when someone was interested in learning to communicate with the deaf. There will be a viewing at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home at 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley on Thursday, December 20 from 1-6 pm. The memorial service will be held December 21 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church 2733 W. Northwest Boulevard in Spokane at 2:00 pm. Interment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 21, 2012

Elmer D. Francisco

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December 26, 2012

We are sorry about your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With God's blessings,
Rev.Dennis and Susan Konkel

John Klaus

December 23, 2012

Dear Francisco's Relatives: Very Sympathy for your loss love Elmer! I've known him more than 30 years. He was a great man because he loves everyone, sharing, help, involes community, etc.... More to say! Won't forget about him! Miss him deeply!

C. F. P.

December 21, 2012

WE are sorry to hear the passing of Elmer. WE pray for your family strength and needs.

December 21, 2012

Diane and Family, we express sorrow at the passing of Elmer Francisco. He will be missed by our community. We won't forget him attending meetings, events and church services. He had an infuence on our lives and we learned a lot from him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bryan and Amy Branson

Glenda Haefner

December 21, 2012

My Deepest Condolences. Blessed Elmer for his awesome works with people, ILDA & other do Lord's work, We're very fortunate to have him. He'll be sorely missed by us.Glenda Haefner, Blaine, KS

Kim Rose

December 20, 2012

Such a wonderful gentleman, always took such good care of himself and looked so handsome where ever he went. I'm gonna miss his wonderful personality. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless.

Pat Charma-Greeno

December 20, 2012

There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dara Overmoyer

December 20, 2012

Diana, I am sorry about your loss and my prayers with your family .

December 20, 2012

My prayers for your cherish husband , Elmer . i am very sorry about lose .. Dara Overmoyer (redhead)

Theresa (Terri) Meagher

December 20, 2012

My thoughts & prayers goes to Catron, Sibley and Diane families.. He will be missed by family and friends..