Our darling Frank Lynch passed away in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2021 on the 65th anniversary of marriage to his beloved Mary John.
At the request of the family, no public services will be held.
Francis Lawrence “Frank” Lynch was born in Brooklyn, NY to Francis Dominic and May Lynch on February 26, 1935. He was affectionately nicknamed Laurie as a boy and spent his childhood in Park Slope, Brooklyn, graduating from Brooklyn Tech.
On November 4th, 1954 Frank joined the United States Air Force which began the greatest adventures of his life. While stationed in South Texas, Frank met the love of his life, Mary John in November of 1955 and they were married three months later, on Valentine’s Day. Upon graduation from Cadet Training, Frank was commissioned a second lieutenant, received his wings, and the two moved to Tacoma, WA where he served at McChord Air Force Base flying the line over the Pacific and Alaska. They welcomed their first son, JP, on December 18th, 1956.
During the summer of 1957 Frank was transferred to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland where the family lived for three years. During that time Frank and Mary John welcomed their second son, Matthew on August 3, 1958.
Between August of 1960 and May of 1966, the family lived in Charleston, North Carolina and then Plattsburg, New York. In June of 1966 Frank attended Maintenance Officer School. Mary John and the boys went to Edinburg, Texas to be near family while Frank prepared to leave for Viet Nam in the summer of 1967. He was stationed in Saigon for a year at Seventh Air Force Headquarters for a year and the highlight of his tour was meeting Mary John in Hawaii for a week to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary, one of only five anniversaries they were able to spend together during those first 12 years.
After coming home from Saigon in the summer of 1968, the family spent time in South Texas and then visiting family in Long Island before being stationed in Madrid, Spain at Torrejon Air Force Base for five years. Frank had long entertained family and friends with countless stories of their time in Spain.
A brief stay in Utah at Hill Air Force Base preceded the final two years of Frank’s Air Force career, where he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base and assigned to the Presidential Unit.
Upon retiring from the Air Force on June 30th, 1976, Frank and Mary John made Rockport, Texas their permanent home. Not one to sit idly for long, Frank founded Lynch Appraisal Company where he continued to work until his passing. His work legacy is carried on by his oldest son, daughter-in-law, and grandson.
Frank counted the highlights of his life in Rockport as too many to number, but the births of his 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren were among his proudest moments. He relished in supporting Mary John’s tennis career; and traveled alongside as her biggest cheerleader in tournaments across the United States and Europe. At the end of each day, it was Mary John who was his greatest joy in life. Their love for one another will live on in Mary John, and in each of us who had the privilege of witnessing it firsthand.
Frank’s passion for life is remembered by all who have shared his table and listened to him tell stories of his childhood, his travels, his career, and most often his family. His gift for storytelling will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Frank is preceded in death by his father and mother, and sister Jacquelyn (Lynch) Metzger. He is survived by his darling wife Mary John; his sons JP (Julie) Lynch; Matthew Lynch; his 5 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s name to the Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend.