On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Franklin Paul Mintken of Arizona City, Ariz., died at Casa Grande Regional Hospital in Casa Grande.
A celebration of life will be Memorial Day, May 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Buffalo Lutheran Church, Buffalo. A lunch for all will follow.
Frank was born in Ainsworth, to Paul Edwin Mintken and Mary Ella Corbitt on April 29, 1943.
He is survived by his lifelong partner and soul mate of 55 years, Linda Elizabeth Neben Mintken of Arizona City; a son, Paul Ernest Mintken of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; a daughter, Lisa Marie Wagner of Craig, Colo. Frank loved being a grandfather to two granddaughters, Josephine Mintken and Bailey Wagner, and three grandsons, Franklin Mintken, Jacob Mintken and Tallyn Wagner.
Frank attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated with a degree in accounting. Shortly after, he moved his young family to Boulder, Colo. Frank did not like working for other people, so he started numerous successful companies in computing and mortgage lending. Frank was a renaissance man, he was a skilled mechanic, built his dream house from the ground up, was an accomplished woodworker, and was always up to speed on the latest in computers and technology.
In 2002, Frank and Linda “retired” to Arizona City, Ariz., where they served as sales representatives for Woodall’s/Good Sam RV campground directory every summer through 2018. They covered much of the western United States in this role, and made literally hundreds of friends. Frank loved building things, flying model airplanes, and riding his 1997 Harley Davidson FLT. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important — the simplicity of living a life with those you love.
The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules and paved his own way. And if you said he couldn’t do it, he would make sure he could.
Instead of flowers, Frank would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name.