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Sun, May 19

Obituary: Francis J. Melanson

Francis J. Melanson, 1938-July 15, 2018, best friend and beloved husband of Marlene.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and after graduating from Boston High School, Frank joined the Air Force from 1957-1961. He was an accomplished commercial and instrument rated pilot. Frank and Marlene met in Omaha where they were both REALTORS and married in 1979. They moved to Prescott, Arizona, in 1986, where they lived for 23 years before retiring to Sun City West, Arizona, in 2006. Frank loved the Southwest and often said he thought he was a cowboy in his past life.

He is survived by his four children and their children. His love for flying never diminished and turned into a “full-time hobby” of RC planes until Parkinson’s disease took it away. Life’s adversities were overcome by his wit and positive attitude.

He was a very special man.

Respecting his wishes… he was cremated with no planned memorial at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85374. To send condolences, please visit

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