Cliff Franks obit

Robert “Cliff" Franks

December 4, 1926 — October 9, 2020

Robert “Cliff” Franks, 93, was born December 4, 1926 unto Joe and Mary Franks in Melbourne, Arkansas. They moved to Brawley in 1932 and he lived here until October 9, 2020 when he passed comfortably to be with the Lord after a short illness. 

He is survived by his wife Marjorie, whom he married January 1, 1948 in the First Christian Church of Brawley, which they still attend. Cliff is also survived by their two sons, Mike (Teri) Franks and Dan Franks; four grandchildren, Shaeley Franks, Kevin (Katie) Wood, Jamie (Derrick) Morales, Cody (Tyler) Garewal; eight great-grandchildren and a niece and numerous nephews.

Cliff went through school in Brawley, leaving high school his junior year when he was old enough to join the Navy during World War II. Once he returned after an honorable discharge, he finished and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1947. 

He originally dreamed of being a coach, having been a player on the victorious Brawley football team against El Centro in the first Bell Game ever. He chose to marry and raise a family and fulfilled his dream by coaching and being involved in various youth athletic programs in Brawley, especially Little League, for over 25 years. 

He coached many Brawley youths, some going on to play college and a few even going on to the professional level, either as a player or coach. 

He was a long-time member of the Lions Club and instrumental in getting the Lions Center and pool built for Brawley. He and Marj were recently honored by the Brawley High Athletic Department for continually supporting and coming to sporting events to watch nephews, sons, grandchildren, and even a great-granddaughter play for over 55 straight years. 

He also liked to fish and work on old cars, especially old Flathead Ford’s.

Cliff didn’t talk much but when he did, he meant it and always honored what he said and did. 

A Memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Frye Chapel in Brawley, October 28 at 8 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Brawley First Christian Church.

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