M Allan Frank, 87, dedicated to family and military, civic and community service, passed away Nov. 23, 2018, in Denver. Rabbis Joe Black and Steven Foster and Cantor Elizabeth Sacks officiated at the Nov. 29 service at Temple Emanuel. Burial followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“In his last days, he regularly shared how blessed he was for a life filled with love and joy,” his family said.
“His infectious smile reflected the goodness and joy that filled his life. His love for his wife Margot will always remind us of his pure, unselfish and kind heart.”
Mr. Frank was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Denver to Gertrude and Moe Frank.
He started delivering the Denver Post at 4 a.m. in junior high.
As a student at East High, he worked at Bears Stadium, home of the Yankees’ farm team. This sparked his lifelong love of the Yankees.
Mr. Frank attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated with a BS in engineering in 1954.
While in college, he was a mid shipman in the US Navy and served on the USS Missouri, USS Magoffin and as a JAG officer in the reserves. He retired from active duty as a Naval commander and was in the Navy reserves until 1981.
Mr. Frank married his first wife Phyllis Susman after college and began a career as an efficiency engineer at Martin Marietta and then Rocky Flats. Mrs. Frank predeceased her husband.
He was married to Margot Gilbert Frank for 30 years.
Mr. Frank entered DU Law School and earned a JD in 1967. A partner at Bowman, Shanbaugh, Geissinger and Wright, he had a long career at the Small Business Administration, retiring in 1980.
He was the Colorado coordinator of the Frank Church presidential campaign in 1976 and a delegate at the Democratic Convention at Madison Square Garden.
Mr. Frank was active with the American Heart Assn., National Jewish Health, B’nai B’rith Denver, Temple Emanuel’s investment committee and The Denver Hospice.
He and his wife Margot established scholarships, professorships and programs at DU. Mr. Frank amassed a collection of Yankees, Broncos and musician memorabilia.
Mr. Frank is survived by his wife Margot Frank of Denver; daughters Valerie (Norm) Roberts and Lisa Thorpe; grandchildren Craig (Valerie) Roberts, Brian (Ivana) Roberts, Matthew (Courtney) Rosenthal and Jennifer (Shane) Menter; great-grandchildren Amelia Rosenthal, Mason and Landon Menter.
His daughter Sandi Rosenthal predeceased him.
Contributions may be made to the Margot and M Allan Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund, DU’s Sturm College of Law; the John J. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund, DU’s Daniels College of Business; or choice.
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