May 1, 1928 to August 10, 2017
When he was four years old, Frank made a decision and informed his parents. His ambition was to work for a newspaper. No, not to throw it, write for it. That goal reached a totally satisfactory conclusion, since it ends with this obituary. He was 89 years old.
Only his family meant more to him than his long career. Surviving are his daughter Brenda Williams and husband Steve of OKC, son Brian Boggs MD and wife Susan of OKC, granddaughter Sgt. Emma Boogs, USMC, now on a foreign assignment, grandsons Corey Williams and Sgt. Cameron Williams, USMC, retired, niece Karen Blackburn and husband Hal, nephew Robert Ray, Linda and Curtis Boyd, Jane Schultz, Barbara Daly, Eddie Heckler, and other extended family members including his great friend Ed Martin. Frank will be buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond, next to Luan, his wife of 67 years. She died on March 27, 2016.
His newspaper career consisted of writing and editorial responsibilities with the Topeka Daily Capital, Dallas Time Herald, San Diego Tribune, Colorado Springs Sun and many years with the Oklahoma City Times and Daily Oklahoman. He retired from the Oklahoman Publishing company in 1989. Frank was an Air Force veteran.
He was the recipient of many newspaper awards and was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1987; inducted into the NCAA College Basketball Writers Hall of Fame in 2007; served as a national president of the Basketball Writers Association 1981-1982; was named Oklahoma’s sportswriter of the year 10 times. Frank served on various committees as a 65-year member of the U.S. College Football writers association. He covered four professional football teams: the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, and the University of Oklahoma.
Frank was an enthusiastic if not accomplished golfer, a great vegetable gardener and lawn man, and the best kind of sports fan who appreciated hard effort and an honorable contest regardless of the winner. His family wishes to thank these fine physicians for their help: Mike Garrison MD, Joe Zuerker MD, Erin Hurwitz MD, Mike Keefer MD, Jim Fleming MD, and Kathy Dagg MD and her colleagues at Integris Hospice, and Kristin Adams, MSW.