Franklin Salazar

October 9, 1933 ~ September 26, 2022

Born in: Springer, New Mexico
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Franklin Emanuel Salazar passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Arlington, TX on October 10, 2022 at 10 AM.

Frank was born on October 9, 1933 to parents Mel and Gertrude Salazar in Springer, New Mexico where he spent his childhood. After graduating from Springer High (1951) and New Mexico A&M (1954), Frank received his doctorate from Baylor College of Dentistry (1958). In 1958 he began practicing in Raton, NM, married Patricia Hollingsworth and started his family. In 1965 they moved to Arlington and in 1967 he graduated from Baylor School of Orthodontics. He had a successful and reputable practice in Arlington for many years. Pat passed away in 2013.

A member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church for 57 years, Frank served as coordinator of the Newcomers Committee, Lay Reader, Eucharistic Minister, Acolyte, Chalice Bearer and sang in the choir. He was a former Treasurer of St. Alban’s Ultreya, former President of the Executive Board of the Episcopal Center for Renewal, former member of the Vestry and member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrews.

Frank served as a Ministry Consultant for the Anglican Institute under the direction of the Rt. Reverend Michael Marshall. He was a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, served on the Finance Committee and Ecclesiastical Trial Court and served as President of the Standing Committee. He retired from the Board in 2021.

Active in the community, Frank served as President of the Board of Directors for the Day Care Association of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He was founding Director of the Board of Directors at Security Bank Arlington, a Director of Mercantile Bank Arlington and on the Board of Arlington Savings & Loan. Frank also volunteered at a Cardiac Rehab Center at Arlington Memorial.

A golfer, tennis player, and skier, Frank excelled in sports, and his love of fly-fishing sent him on many adventures in New Mexico and Alaska. Frank was also known for his wit and sense of humor. As an avid cruiser and world traveler he made lasting friendships, and one of those couple introduced him to Paulette (from Santa Fe) in 2016. They married May 12, 2018.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tommy and George, his wife Patricia, son Jim Salazar and daughter Courtney Bunkley.

He is survived by his wife Paulette Williamson Salazar, son Franklin Glenn Salazar and wife Beth with their children Ian and Connie, his granddaughter Rachel and her husband Matt Portillo with their children Allison and Tyler, grandson Nicholas Cowley and wife Dayna with their children Stockton and Anella. Also surviving are nephew Gary Salazar and wife Theresa, niece Sandy Reiger and their families.

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  1. We are grieved by our long time good friend Frank’s death.
    We remember so many good times we had with him in Santa Fe, in Arlington, and on ski trips together.

  2. Before he was Boompa, I knew him as Big Frank. He always had a great sense of humor and was always in a good mood. He was also a very smart man. I credit him for turning us on to Two Buck Chuck. He will greatly missed!

  3. CandleImageRest in peace dear amigo Frank. You were a wonderful friend to my family over many decades. We shared the same birthday, I will miss our mutual congratulations. I hope you have a wonderful reunion in heaven with Pat and my parents like in that US airport in the 80ies where you two couples met and become lifelong intercontinental friends.

  4. Frank, I will miss you. You and Pat were the most loving couple I’ve had the pleasure to know. And Pat, the most incredibly kind, generous, humble spirit. It was a joy to be in both your presence. To be finally reunited again forever in Christ is the best gift of all.

  5. CandleImageI met Uncle Frank, Pat, and Frank Jr. through my late husband Bill Wilson ( Uncle Frank’s nephew) back in the late “90’s and early 2000’s at Salazar family reunions in Albuquerque, NM. He was such an awesome man, full of laughter. Love you Uncle Frank, tell Bill that I love him. RIP Uncle Frank. Theresa Wilson

  6. Frank, Beth and family:
    We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. We know his reunion with his loving Pat is a joyful one. Soulmates whose souls have returned home.
    Blessing to you all.
    Lillian Fields

  7. So sorry to hear about Frank. He had a great sense of humor. Mother, Dad, Pat and Frank had some fun times together, especially in Santa Fe!
    Love, Ginny & Bill Butts

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. He was a good man. I was a good friend of your Mom, Pat. I know she is delighted to be reunited with him. He was hers and she his. I heard the sad and the terrible situation he had unfortunately found himself starting in Santa Fe and then Texas. I’m so sorry for you all and what you where dealing with on top of his illness. May he now Rest In Peace and the Lord and may peace be with you all.

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