Lloyd Dean 'Fritz' Frakes, 71, of Pueblo, Colo., succumbed to a stroke on Feb. 10, 2006. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth Anne Frakes; daughters, Deborah Anne (Steven D.) Park of Sanford, N.C. and Christine (Robert) Moore of Walnut Creek, Calif.; brother, Hoy E. (Norma) Frakes of Pueblo; grandchildren, David Michael Park, Anne Marie Park and Glenn Lee Moore; nieces and nephew, Hoy Frakes Jr., Jody Ottersberg and Allison Budd. Preceded in death by his son, Wayne A. 'Ace' Frakes; and parents, Hoy R. and Hilda A. Frakes. Fritz was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Greeley, Colo. He was a star athlete in high school and graduated from College High School in Greeley in 1952. Served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1956-57. Received his lifetime teaching Certificate from Colorado State College, now University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, in 1958. While continuing his education, Fritz worked summers in concessions and traveled with the carnival from 1958 to 1965. Meanwhile, he and Elizabeth Anne Prettyman were married on Mar. 18, 1960, and Fritz received his Masters Degree at Adams State College in 1962. Also, at various colleges completed more than 60 hours of education above his Masters. Fritz's teaching career started in Mead, Colo. then to Genoa, Colo., Coolidge, Kan., Holly, Colo. and lastly Pueblo School Dist. 60, with 16 years at South High School and 14 years at Roncalli Middle School where he retired in 1994. In addition to teaching, he coached football, basketball and baseball and officiated football and basketball for more than 20 years. He also was an insurance agent for Franklin Life and American Bankers Life. Fritz enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing checkers, backpacking and traveling to Las Vegas, Windover and Elko, Nev. If that isn't enough, he was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of Southern Colorado Consistory and member of Silver State Lodge No. 95, A.F. & A.M. There will be no viewing or service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Anne,Saddened to learn of Coach’s death.Had been thinking of both of you when going thru our wedding book and seeing your parents name with the wonderful gifts they gave Rod & me when we were married. Lost track of you after your parents died. They were great people. Would be nice to reconnect with you. Sorry we have been out of touch for so many years. Enjoyed Coach as a teacher.Nice pictures of him that are posted here.Our deepest sympathy to you & your girls, Rod & Vel Eccleston

  2. Anne, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Lloyd, as everyone has said he was a remarkable teacher and man, I hated that he took one of my best friends but so glad that you had a wonderful 45 years together would love to hear from you and again my deepest sympathy.

  3. Anne – Wayne and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your girls. We hope all else is well with you.

  4. My condolences to Ann from an old highschool friend at Genoa High School. So sorry to hear of Coach Frakes passing. Sounds like you have a wonderful family to help you through this. I think of you often and our days at GHS. Betty Tanner Hann.

  5. I am sad to hear about Mr. Frakes passing. He was my 8th grade social studies teacher 82-83 at Roncalli. I will always remember that he made learning fun and interesting. His class was one of my favorites that year. He had a passion for what he did and cared about his students. I will remember his smile – always big, always true. My prayers are with you as you mourn for the loss of this wonderful man. God Bless.


  7. I was so sad to hear about Mr. Frakes passing. Mr. Frankes was one of my 8th grade teachers at Roncalli Middle School. (Class of 92) His example and friendship helped me in a time shortly after my parents had divorced. I valued our continued contact through and after high school. I only wish I could have seen him in person one last time. My heart is comforted however knowing he was saved through Christ Jesus. God Bless

  8. I still think about some of the things that Mr. Frakes taught me. They were more than just academic or athletic lessons, but have served me very well in life. Thanks Mr. Frakes.

  9. What a tragic loss, I learned more about ethics, values and morals from Mr. Frakes than any other instructor I have ever had. He was the greatest teacher and person I have ever known. He will truly be missed. Jodi Anselmo-Spinuzzi Class of 79

  10. I am so sorry to read about Coach Frakes death, I was one of his students and football
    players at South high school from 1966 to 1968. I can honestly say that he was one of
    the few teachers that made a difference in my life. Attending his class was one of the highlights
    of my day! I learned from him! In the last few weeks of August 1966 while suffering thru two-a-day football
    practices, Coach Frakes gave a little skinny kid a chance, while all the coaches told the kid that
    he was too little, too skinny, and not good enough to play football. Mr. Frakes gave the kid
    a chance. That little kid went on play as a starter on the JV football team that year and not only
    did he start on the varsity for his last two years in high school but to go on to play several years
    of college football.

    Mr Frakes, Thank you for being a teacher and thank you for giving me a chance!!!!!

    nathan solano

  11. Mr Frakes was one of the teachers that I remember very well from my years at Roncalli (Class of 89). Now I, too, am a secondary social studies teacher! Thanks, Mr. Frakes!

  12. Mr. Frakes was my History teacher at Centennial high school. He was one of my most favorite teachers.
    I graduated in 1976, and still remember “Frakes & Simms.”
    My deepest condolences to his family. He was a wonderful man.

  13. It is with a sad heart that i have heard of Mr. Frakes passing away. I graduated in 1979 from South High and i feel that alot of my morals and understanding of life i owe to him. He not only taught me Social Studies but he also taught me alot about people and that you get in life what you put into it. He was a very demanding and stearn teacher but if you gave him the respect that he deserved he gave it back to you in return. When he spoke in class it was always interesting. He never tried to bore you with a bunch of trivial facts but tried to get you to understand how all the facts of what happened a long time ago still had bearing on our lives right now. We sometimes had a heated discussion in class when we all had a different idea and he understood that and didn’t try to tell us it wasn’t so. The one thing that has always stood out in my mind was that he always felt that if I was old enough to vote and old enough to fight for my country i was old enough to have a beer if i wanted to. I have never missed voting in an election since i turned 18 cause he told me it was my duty as an American and my god given right that to have my voice heard it was what i needed to do. I am sure that this is a much better world for having him in it and that he will be missed by myself and alot of his former students who can’t or won’t take the time to tell him so. No teacher has ever made an impact on my life more than him and I pray that the lessons he taught me will never fade. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  14. Mr. Frakes,

    You were far and away one of my favorite teachers in my 8th grade year at Roncalli Middle School. I always remember you had those $1 candybars in your desk, and always smiled and obliged when I’d ask for one. To one of the best teachers, and best people I’ve known.

  15. Mr. Frakes was my favorite teacher. He was my social studies teacher at Roncalli for my 7th & 8th grade years. He took me on more trips. I traveled to Disneyland twice and to Washington DC once. We went on ski trips at least 3-4 times a year, and he always had to pick me up in the aid station. He was a great man and a great inspiration to me. I will never forget him and I’m greatful for the time I shared with him. Thank you for everything Mr. Frakes.

  16. Mr. Frakes is a man I will always remember. I had him for a teacher in middle school and high school. We went on a History camp out. We all had a blast. He was a very smart man. Looking forward to his class. I am so sorry to hear we lost a wonderful person in our life. I will pray for the family in hopes it will help to heal your broken hearts.

  17. It is with great sadness to hear of Mr. Frakes’ passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers. Mr. Frakes always inspired fun while learning. Dana Spinuzzi, South High, 1980

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