Dr. Jack Frank, longtime Crowley physican, dies at 92

Dr. Jack Russel Frank, Crowley pediatrician for forty years, died Saturday, January 2, at Lafayette General Medical Center at the age of 92.

Known throughout south Louisiana as a loving husband, father, physician, and friend, Dr. Frank is survived by his wife of fifty years, Marlene Melancon Frank, and six sons, Jack Russell II of Atlanta, Georgia, married to Rae Ann Kloser; Timothy Craig of Las Vegas, Nevada, married to Patricia Walsh; Gregory Jon of Homestead, Florida, married to Anna Zaninetti ; Jeffrey Miles of Crowley, married to Laura Trahan; Kevin Frem of Crowley, married to Kathleen O’Meara; and Theodore Robley Frank of Atlanta, Georgia, married to Alice Trahan.

Dr. Frank was also a proud, loving grandfather to seventeen grandchildren: Jane, Emma, Kevin, David, Jack, Joseph, Ella, John Thomas, William, Jeffrey, Sam, Luke, Zachary, Sydney, Jack III, Genevieve, Claudia, and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of number eighteen, due in April.

Dr. Frank was the son of Theodore Frank and Jeannette Frankel. As a lifelong resident of Crowley, he graduated from Crowley High School in 1935. He became the second Eagle Scout in Acadia Parish, attaining this rank in 1931. In 1942, Dr. Frank received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in 1943 completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Frank served his country during World War II as a captain in the Army attached to the Air Force Medical Corp. He was stationed in the European Theater of Operations on a troop carrier. After the war, Dr. Frank returned to Crowley and began a practice in Pediatrics that covered forty years. A pioneer in pediatrics, at one time he was the only pediatrician between Houston, Texas, and New Orleans. During his medical career, Dr. Frank held membership in a number of professional organizations, including the American Board of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, LA State Medical and Pediatric Societies, Acadiana Pediatric Society, and the Acadia Parish Medical Society.

Before he retired in 1988, Dr. Frank had served three generations of Acadiana residents and was regarded as an outstanding, dedicated physician and respected citizen. His community and civic accomplishments were widely known. He was appointed by the governor to the Ad Hoc Committee for Development of Facility for LSU Medical School and as director of the Louisiana Economic Development and Gaming Board. On a local level, he served as the director of Acadia Savings and Loan. He also owned and operated a 600-acre farm and acted as president of Frankel Farm and Irrigation Corporation for over 20 years.

His professional career, business and civic achievements helped to build the Acadia Parish/Crowley community for ten decades. His most valuable contributions, however, cannot be captured in words, but in his complete dedication to his wife, Marlene, his sons and grandchildren, and his treasured friends and devoted patients. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2009 in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley with Fr. Keith Derouen officiating the service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Monday, and will continue on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until time of services. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The family request any memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc. of Crowley and friends may express their condolences at www.geesey-ferguson.com

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