David Lee Franklin was an extraordinary man who showed great generosity and compassion toward others.
David was a loving, devoted husband for 50 years to Ellen J. Franklin and a caring, dedicated father to Karen F. Lowther, Stephen D. Franklin, Susan F. McCourt, and Laurel F. Oglesby. He was a proud father-in-law to Barrett T. Oglesby and Wrayal J. McCourt and a doting Papaw to Christopher R. Lowther, Michael A. Lowther, Caroline E. Lowther and Zane A. McCourt.
David was also a supportive brother to Joe Franklin, Wayne Franklin, and Philip Franklin.
David served in the Marine Corps for four years and later worked at IBM for 32 years. During retirement, David was a member of the Williamson County Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He was also an avid golfer and proud owner of his two dogs, Shiner and Skye.
David, known to his friends as Dave, is remembered by others as a compassionate, steadfast friend. He was unconditional with his time and served as a trustworthy confidant.
Dave was one of those people you could never forget. His friends knew that among the thousands of friends you could have in a lifetime, Dave was the one who was willing to stand in the shadows at the ready, shine when needed, drop everything to lend a hand, or just stand close by. He always knew what to do, and it was his quiet strength that we will deeply miss.
Dave always had many great stories to share and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was always a good sport, even when he lost at a round of golf.
Dave was active in his church and served on many committees, providing guidance, leadership, and inspiration. He gave the best of himself and showed us what it means to live by example, hold oneself to a strong moral code, and put others first. His character taught us that if we look for the best in others, we will always find the best in ourselves.
Both Dave’s strong faith and Semper Fi attitude helped him overcome many obstacles long after others would have given up. He viewed life through a lens of optimism. Dave was a patient man and never complained, even when his Texas Aggies were on a losing streak.
We are comforted in knowing that he had such a positive impact on the lives that he touched, that he truly will be missed. It is comforting to know that David has returned to a world free of illness and suffering to live out his eternal faith with God and that his legacy lives on through the lives of the great many of us who love and miss him.
Memorial services will be held at Dave’s home on Tuckered Out Farm, 4460 Riverside Drive, Hood River, Ore., on July 5 at noon, and at Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, on July 31 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, Oregon 97031. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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