Franzen, David

David F. Franzen

November 15, 1945 - July 11, 2021

David F. Franzen of McKinney, Texas passed away July 11, 2021 at the age of 75. He was born on November 15, 1945 to Floyd and Ruth (Mack) Franzen in Burlington, Iowa. David was a gentle, caring man who wanted to serve; he became a Carmelite priest and taught Religion and Ethics at college and high school levels. He officiated the marriages of his sister, Linda and husband, Chris as well as his brother, Don and wife, Rosemary. After a time David left the priesthood and continued his life of service with the Catholic Big Brothers of America in Los Angeles, as the executive director. Later he married Maureen Maloney and their son Erik was born in May of 1978. Maureen died four years later and David and Erik moved back to Texas to be closer to family. He then married Cathie Garrett on December 15, 1984. David loved family get-togethers in Seguin, Texas. He enjoyed coaching baseball, watching sports with his brother Don, especially his Dallas Cowboys. He was an avid golfer and loved sharing a glass of single malt scotch with Don. Unfortunately, David suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for 33 years but he never once complained. He was a really good man, loving son, brother, uncle, friend and beloved husband to Cathie and a terrific father to Erik and Tracy. He will be missed dearly by all.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cathie Franzen; son, Erik Franzen and wife, Maggie; daughter, Tracy Castaldo and husband, John all of whom reside in McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Michayla, Braeden, Ryleigh, Frank, Claire, Katelynn and husband, Dillon, Jacob, Morgan, and Luke; great granddaughter, Reagan; siblings, Donald Franzen and wife, Rose of Austin, Texas, Linda Gray and husband, Chris of Spokane, Washington, Richard Franzen and wife, Jan of Houston, Texas, Carl Franzen and wife, Kathy of Seguin, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families; his Carmelite family and extended family and friends all over the world.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ruth Franzen; first wife, Maureen Maloney Franzen; niece and Goddaughter, Dawn Marie Franzen Harvie.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 27, 2021 at St. Jude Catholic in the main sanctuary and immediately following the mass will be the internment of David’s ashes to the Columbarium also located at St. Jude Catholic Church. Reception to follow in church hall.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Cathie, Erik and family, Tracy and family, our prayers are with you all for comfort during this difficult time. May you feel the love being sent from Houston! Jan & Richard, July 26, 2021 May God comfort and bless you during these difficult times. Ron and Mary Hill, July 20, 2021 Rest in Peace my dear brother! You are in God's Loving Care - Your Soul is quenched with God's Love and Grace - How I miss my big brother! David and I were very close over the years sharing our triumphs -victories -struggles- and Life's events as only two brothers could ever aspire as our earthly lives proceeded. In 1986 David shared with me his medical lab confirmations of Parkinson's disease. I did not know of the ramifications of Parkinson's at this first interchange. But his journey and my dedication to assist him started lovingly that Fall day in 1986. David was always positive - always smiling - never allowing his Parkinson's battle to weaken his resolve or his commitment to be the Best in that Moment of time living in God's Trust and Love! For over 35 years! I never heard David complain or be bitter or turn away from God or his family. David was a wonderful Brother - man of many virtues - provided great examples to accept God's Will as our Lives were intertwined ever so much more as our Brotherly Love matured and grew over time. David's best interests were always achieved without reservations or complaints by his loving wife, Cathie! I admired and thank Cathie ever so much for all Cathie's loving guidance, her love, and her tender care for my Brother (her devoted husband) over this 35 years of David's Parkinson's struggles, battles and challenges. I am thankful that I saw David the day before he died and went into God's Loving Arms and Peaceful Care! David showed us all the Power of Love - the Trust to God's Ways and the Strength to conquer Life's Struggles - David never gave up - David never complained - David inspired me to be a more virtuous man and to trust always in God's Ways - in God's Will - In God's Love with no hold back's - no reservations - no complaints or not to despair - But to be a Loving Child of God - To Trust in God - God's Plan for us and to Win this earthly Race to join David later in Heaven -Let us all moving today forward To gain that Heaven reward that my brother David so justly earned over his life of perseverance and to join with David our resolve to be in God's Loving Hands! Rest in Peace my Brother! - I miss you but know you are in a much better place - No Pain - No Suffering only enjoying now God's Love - Peace and Happiness Love always, your loving brother, Don!
Donald Franzen, July 20, 2021
Rest in Peace my dear brother! You are in God's Loving Care - Your Soul is quenched with God's Love and Grace - How I miss my big brother! David and I were very close over the years sharing our triumphs -victories -struggles- and Life's events as only two brothers could ever aspire as our earthly lives proceeded. In 1986 David shared with me his medical lab confirmations of Parkinson's disease. I did not know of the ramifications of Parkinson's at this first interchange. But his journey and my dedication to assist him started lovingly that Fall day in 1986. David was always positive - always smiling - never allowing his Parkinson's battle to weaken his resolve or his commitment to be the Best in that Moment of time living in God's Trust and Love! For over 35 years! I never heard David complain or be bitter or turn away from God or his family. David was a wonderful Brother - man of many virtues - provided great examples to accept God's Will as our Lives were intertwined ever so much more as our Brotherly Love matured and grew over time. David's best interests were always achieved without reservations or complaints by his loving wife, Cathie! I admired and thank Cathie ever so much for all Cathie's loving guidance, her love, and her tender care for my Brother (her devoted husband) over this 35 years of David's Parkinson's struggles, battles and challenges. I am thankful that I saw David the day before he died and went into God's Loving Arms and Peaceful Care! David showed us all the Power of Love - the Trust to God's Ways and the Strength to conquer Life's Struggles - David never gave up - David never complained - David inspired me to be a more virtuous man and to trust always in God's Ways - in God's Will - In God's Love with no hold back's - no reservations - no complaints or not to despair - But to be a Loving Child of God - To Trust in God - God's Plan for us and to Win this earthly Race to join David later in Heaven -Let us all moving today forward To gain that Heaven reward that my brother David so justly earned over his life of perseverance and to join with David our resolve to be in God's Loving Hands! Rest in Peace my Brother! - I miss you but know you are in a much better place - No Pain - No Suffering only enjoying now God's Love - Peace and Happiness Love always, your loving brother, Don!
Donald Franzen, July 19, 2021
Dave was one of my best friends dating back to our junior year at the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton, MA. (1961-62) He was very well liked by everyone and involved in several activities. One not-so-well-know fact: after the fire at Niagara, Brennan Hill, the Master of Students, began investigating students to find out "who" started the fire. We were warned not to talk to each other about anything we told him and were advised not to talk among ourselves before our interrogation. (turns out the arsonist was a freshman that year. Francis Tremblay, no relation) He was also the one who lit several other small fires after the big blaze that destroyed half of Mt. Carmel, Niagara) The back story. Dale Panton, Dave, myself, and Art Hill hung out together and were involved in many extracurricular activities such as photography, sports, walks across the border, plays, etc. We seemed to be everywhere and that arose suspicion. Another story that would have resulted in some severe punishment or even expulsion centered on the photography darkroom. As the school photographer, I had the only key to the darkroom where we all got involved in developing film and printing pictures. But, we managed to "borrow" some Chemistry class items and began making wine out of bananas. Well, that led to distilling some of this wine into pure alcohol. So, when it was obvious that the fire was about to spread to the main part of the building where the darkroom was located, we panicked because we thought our little distillery would explode and we'd be "found out." So, we raced into the building and into the darkroom and poured the moonshine and other chemicals down the drain, feeling relieved we wouldn't be found out. So, as we related to each other post our interrogations, Brennan told each of us we were out there on the "fringe." We considered that a badge of honor, even after all these years. Dave also attended my ordination and first mass in my hometown of Waterville, Maine in July 1971. In the attached photo from left to right: Dave, Bob Donnelly, Reg Tremblay, and Davis Cote, Novitiate year, New Baltimore, PA.
Regis "Reg" Tremblay, July 18, 2021