WB Frank Barnes, Sr. was born July 3, 1928. He was initiated an EA on October 28, 1949, Passed to FC on January 6, 1950 and Raised to a MM on February 3. 1950. Brother Frank passed to the Celestial Lodge on July 15, 2022.
Frank had many jobs in his long life. He had the highest level of security when he worked for the company that produced the first atomic submarine. He worked as a lineman for Public Utilities, an electrician at a copper mine, a comptroller, a realty broker, as assistant school superintendent, and many more. He served on many governing boards, including homeowners associations, Catalina United Methodist Church, and Pima Federal Credit Union for over 39 years. His volunteer work at the VA Hospital in Tucson lasted well into his eighties. He had a servant’s heart.
Dad's eulogy by his daughter Karen Cosand
My sister and brothers and I would like to thank you all for coming today.
Our dad is looking down right now on this and us, and we truly believe he knows just how Loved he really was. Our father would not have wanted all this attention, as he was a humble man. What can we say about the world’s greatest dad? He was honorable, kind, fair, sweet, and gentle. He was so loving and giving. He was forgiving. When times were tough he told us to persevere. He worked hard at everything he did. He enjoyed being an electrician (one of his many careers) and could fix anything. He was the first
person we called when we needed help. Because of his vast business experience, he enjoyed donating his time to numerous governing boards, and had great relationships with those at Pima Federal Credit Union and Far Horizons Retirement Community. He touched so many.
Our father was an incredible man. He loved his life, our mother, Betty, his kids, family, and friends. He enjoyed coffee with his friends at the clubhouse every morning, solving the world’s problems! Bill, Laurie and Gene: please carry on Dad’s favorite part of the day.
Dad spent a great deal of time with his Masonic brothers at Marion McDaniel Lodge and the Scottish Rite. He and Mom were very involved in the Eastern Star and made lasting friendships with everyone they met. Once the last child left home, most of their time was focused on Masonic and Eastern Star activities. This truly kept them busy and they lived life to its fullest.
They enjoyed traveling around Arizona meeting new friends. Of course, they never “got lost”, but instead Mom said they were taking the scenic route!
Our dad loved helping others, even if it meant getting up early to start the coffee at the Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel, or to help get the veterans from their hospital rooms to the chapel for Sunday services. He was so humble, he didn’t stand for accolades, but knew in his heart he was doing a good deed.
He was greatness, and we miss him terribly. We loved the time we spent with Dad camping, fixing bicycles, mowing the lawn, even learning how to drive a stick shift. Our father was simply put – the greatest man we ever knew. He was an incredible husband to our mother for 74 years, a wonderful father to Kathi, Frank, Chuck, Karen and John; a grandfather to Jennifer, Nancy, Jimmy, Theresa, Eddie, Christina, Brad, Tiffany, TJ., and Candice. He loved his great grandchildren: Nicole, Thomas, Clarista, Hannah, Haley, Devon, Dominic, Jordan, Emma, Maci, Antoinette, Ennis, Lana Rae, Isabelle, Isaac, Brayden, and Colton.
He was an incredible teacher and a great friend. He taught us so many lessons in life. We learned our work ethic from him. It is sad that he is gone, but we were lucky to have spent at least 57 years with him. We know he is happy with our mom in heaven.
We miss you, Dad. You are and will always be our hero. God loved you and now you are home. We will see you again someday.
WB Frank Barnes