John Julian Franks
April 9, 1929 – December 13, 2021
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Dr. John J. “Jack” Franks, of Nashville, TN and Denver, CO, 92, died Tuesday December 14 after a brief illness. Jack was born in Pueblo, CO to Lila and Frank Franks of Trinidad, CO. In 1951, Jack married Kathryne Jean Sammon; they shared five children and were married 47 years at the time of her death in 1999. Jack married Mary Lou Hawkins in 2004, they divorced in 2015.
Jack was a prodigy on the trumpet, playing with high school bands as a young boy and playing taps for funeral services in Trinidad, including for Civil War veterans. He also earned extra money playing in a dance band in the 1940s. He loved music and learned to appreciate an eclectic array of music, especially as he got older.
A lifelong learner, researcher, and teacher, Jack wrote 65 peer reviewed publications and 3 not peer reviewed, he produced more than 120 abstracts, presentations, or posters, and was invited to review, present, or write chapters more than twenty times. He was a skilled grant writer which was key as much of his research was funded through grants.
Jack traveled the world, often with Jean, as he presented his research at meetings as well as when he served as visiting faculty. They even squeezed in some trips for pure pleasure. He served as trip doctor for many Wilderness Society trips, finding joy in camping and canoeing which he shared with his family on many subsequent trips
Jack was preceded in death by his daughter Kathryne E., his wife Kathryne Jean, his beloved parents, Frank, and Lila, and only sister Norma Lee. He is survived by his children John A. (Pamela), William T., Margaret L. Jimenez (James), Elizabeth E. Anderson (Donald), grandchildren John (Jen), Alison Hope (Dan), Cuinn Anderson, great grandchildren Jaxon and Kaleyn Franks and Daniel and Charlotte Hope.
Jack loved deeply and enjoyed time with his family and friends. He particularly enjoyed his grand and great grandchildren. His humor, wit, persistence, and breadth of knowledge will be missed by all who knew him.
1984 – 1986 Resident in Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
1963 - 1964 Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
1955 - 1958 Resident in Medicine, University of Colorado School of
Medicine, Colorado and Denver General Hospitals, Denver, Colorado
1954 - 1955 Intern, Second (Cornell) Medical Division, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
M.D. 1954 University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado
B.A. 1951 University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Military Service 1954 – 1989, Retired Colonel, USAF
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