Donald Franks


Donald "Doc" Franks, of Masontown, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2022, in his home. He was born March 20, 1937, in Masontown, to Eugene Franks Sr. and Deina Nocenti Franks.

He earned his Bachelors degree in Mathematics from California State College. He then earned his Masters in Mathematics and his Principal Certification from West Virginia University. Lastly, he earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He taught algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus for 35 years at Albert Gallatin High School.

After he retired from the public school system, Doc continued his educational career as a professor of mathematics at Penn-State Fayette, Waynesburg College and California University of Pennsylvania.

His last request was to not list his age in his obituary. He wanted his readers to "just do the math".

He was as passionate about coaching football as he was about education. Doc coached at Albert Gallatin High School for 20 years, compiling a 168-15-11 record. The Colonials were five times undefeated; conference champions in 1970, 1979, and 1980; and WPIAL-AA champions 1974. He was the recipient of the Dapper Dan award in 1974. He was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter Sports Hall of Fame, and the PA Big 33 Coaches Hall of Fame.

He was a devoted husband to Trish, his wife of 62 years. They cared and protected each other, and finally passed one day apart.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Eugene Franks Jr.; sister, Linda Chucksa; and nephew, John Chucksa Jr.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Dawn Rae Franks; grandson, Benjmin Franks; sister-in-law, Beverly Franks; and brother-in-law, John Chucksa Sr.; nephews, Robert Chucksa and Gene (Carla) Franks; niece, Kimberly Franks Zumerling and husband, Michael; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 22, in the Italo American Citizens Club, 27 Acton Road, Masontow. Father James F. Bump will bless the service. Come share a story and fellowship.

Arrangements entrusted to JOHN S. MAYKUTH JR. FUNERAL HOME, Masontown.

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