Paul Donald Franson “Don” went home to the Lord on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the age of 94. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Alice Marilyn Franson, and their four sons – Brian (Susanne), Jack (Lori), Paul, and Dan (Renee). In addition, he is survived by his five grandchildren and one great-grandchild – Ashley Mangum (Josh), Trent Franson, Maya Franson, Lauren Franson, Jordan Newman, and Carter Newman.
Don was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 25, 1929, to Paul and Beatrice Franson. He graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1947 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
He married the love of his life, Alice, in Chicago on January 9, 1954, and was drafted into the Army later that year. He served for two years in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon completion of his service in 1956, Don and Alice moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he began his 36-year career with Union Carbide. Don’s career with the company moved him to several places including West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Saudi Arabia.
Don had an adventurous spirit and a passion for travel – especially doing so with his loved ones. He and his family enjoyed vacations throughout the United States, and he and Alice traveled extensively after his retirement. It was a priority for him to support his children and grandchildren in all their endeavors. Whether it was a school, extracurricular, or sporting event, Don always made the effort to be present. This is evidenced by the numerous boxes of photos that he left behind.
Don’s passion for genealogy made him the family historian, as well, helping him to create a rich tapestry of family history. He spent many hours of research both at home and at Genealogical libraries during their travels.
He also enjoyed golfing with friends and was always the first one up for fishing on one of the many family vacations at St. Augustine Beach. He kept his mind sharp as he was a lifelong learner, reading books, magazines, and newspaper articles on a wide variety of subjects. He thoroughly enjoyed being in his office at home, working on his computer, photos, and genealogy.
Don’s faith was the cornerstone of his life. He was a cherished soul and a spiritual beacon whose calm demeanor embodied unwavering strength and leadership. He was the true model of father and husband with a caring nature that touched the lives of all those around him. Don generously donated his time and talents, leaving an indelible impact on his community. He loved his family and friends dearly and his presence resonated with warmth and kindness. Actively engaged in both church and community throughout his life, Don leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and selfless service.
As we say goodbye to our cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, we will remember him for his love, wisdom, and the invaluable example that he was for all of us.
On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 11:00 am a Memorial Service will take place at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. For those desiring to make a memorial contribution, you may do so using the following link to Lutheran Social Services: https://www.lssjax.org/