William F. Frank (’67)

William Frederick Frank was born February 7, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Ferdinand and Bess Lee (Boekelmann) Frank. He died December 28, 2020 in Temple, Texas. He was 77 years old. Bill is survived by Marilyn Wilson Frank, his wife of almost 54 years, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Daughters Karin Magera (spouse, John Magera), Kathryn Hess (spouse, Terry Hess) and Jennifer Gooch (spouse, Russell Gooch) Grandchildren Emily Mullen (spouse, Donovan Mullen), Amanda Strittmatter (spouse, Michael Strittmatter), Sarah Hess, Adam Magera, Matthew Hess (spouse,Heather Hess), Sophia Gooch, Garrett Gooch, Allison Magera, and Zachary Gooch Great grandchildren Leo, Grace, and Holly Mullen, and Levi and Luna Hess. Bill is also survived by a sister, Victoria Frank Rogers of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. After graduating from the University of Houston in 1967, Bill embarked on an accounting career before becoming an early pioneer in computer programming. The company he founded with his wife, BMF Computers, developed accounting software that was used by newspaper companies across the United States for decades. After their daughters were grown, he and Marilyn traveled often. Some of their favorite destinations were Aruba, Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and Australia. A resident of Temple, Texas for more than 40 years, Bill and Marilyn also had a home-away-from-home in Bonita Springs, Florida where they spent half of the year for over a decade with other snowbirds who became life-long friends. Bill was gifted musically and played piano as a child until baseball won his attention. As an adult, he loved boats and fishing, cars, war movies, and historical military novels. He adored his grandfather and cherished having his own grandchildren. He will be remembered for his quick wit, love of chatting with neighbors, and his devotion to his wife and family. He will be missed. Parkinson’s disease was a transformative challenge at the end of Bill’s life.

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