From Bad Boy Biker in the 60's to current day Santa Claus. Frank was born in Frostburg, Maryland on September 23, 1944. He left for heaven on March 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Mary Conklin and his Father Francis Levi Arnold. He is survived by Sue Borg Arnold, daughters, Rebecca Borg (Cole) and Rachel Watson (Kris).
Frank's story goes from his Biker days, (in the 60's) to Viet Nam, to a cab driver in San Francisco. He left San Francisco to make his way back to Maryland when he stopped in Salt Lake City in 1977. He met a wonderful family who provided a home for him. He even called them Mom and Dad Evens. At this point he decided to stay in Salt Lake City.
In 1985 he was introduced to Sue Borg. They fell in love immediately. Love at first sight really happens. They knew each other for only 10 days when they moved in together. That was 32 years ago. He was devoted to Sue and her two daughters, Becky and Rachel for the rest of his life. They became his family.
To know Frank was to love him. He was a wizard in many ways. Exciting things happened when he was around. He was kind, funny, compassionate and helpful to many.
He entertained us all with the stories of his life and everyone enjoyed him when he got started with those stories. He made us laugh and sometimes cry revealing his big-hearted spirit. He always had great ideas. His focus was to help others in any way he could think up, and he thought up a lot of things. He had his own business, T-bear Lawn Care, and succeeded with that for a number of years. In 1994 he started working for ARUP and that turned out to be his favorite job and boss. He retired in 2012.
In 1995 Frank was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. He and Sue worked together to create a Non-Profit organization, Its A Miracle Center, to raise money to help others. They held classes in their home for 18 years to study A Course in Miracles. They also did week-long retreats for spiritual study and hosted an International Conference in 2005 for Course students which drew speakers and students from around the world. His philosophy was "you must teach what you most want to learn." Frank credited "The Course" for helping him give up his past painful experiences and learned to realize more the truth of who he was.
A vacation for a week in Alaska fishing was his lifetime dream. He fished there six years in a row. He would catch and bring home halibut and salmon. After it was flash frozen and mailed home, he figured the fish only cost about $180.00 a pound. When he finished his stories about his trips we all thought we should go with him the next time. He had an abundance of friends and everyone enjoyed spending time with him.
The last six or seven years his favorite pastime was home canning. He put up everything from jelly and jam to V8 juice and fruit. His greatest joy was growing his own grapes and turning them into the most wonderful grape juice in the world.
Frank will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. We send him on to his next journey with Love in our hearts and a bit of sadness because we will miss his presence in our lives. To him we say bye for now and God Bless You.
"For Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and a thankful mind."(acim). We are all grateful and thankful for the time we had with Frank.
A celebration of Frank's life will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. We will circle at 7:00 for a prayer and any comments you would like to make.
We'll be together not because Frank died but because he lived so fully.