OBITUARY

Franklin D. Schlatter
July 22, 1933 - April 1, 2011

A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2011, at La Grone Funeral Chapel for Franklin D. Schlatter, 77, who passed away Friday, April 1, 2011, at Roswell Regional Hospital. Family will greet friends at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, today, Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 3 PM to 5 PM. .

Frank was born in Peoria, Illinois on July 22, 1933, to Bernard and Lucille, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his son, Richard Allen Schlatter, and son David’s wife, Christine Schlatter.

Frank married Carole Rhodes on August 16, 1959, in Peoria. She survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his first son, David of Aurora, Colorado and his siblings Robert B. (Benny), Vera Tyler, Ed and his wife Pat, and Roger; as well as his brother-in-law, Steve Rhodes and wife Terry, sister-in-law Beth Rhodes, nieces Summer Rhodes Ferreira and husband Kurt, Evelyn Schlatter, Jennifer Schlatter, Annette Tyler, Jeaninne Tyler, and nephews Sky Rhodes and wife Megan, Jimmy Schlatter, John Schlatter and Jeffery Schlatter and wife Donna. He is also survived by grandchildren Lindsay Pechar and Tailor Sterner, and two great-grandchildren.

Frank and Carole moved to Roswell where Frank began a thirty-four year teaching career, twenty-five of those at Roswell High School, retiring in 1993. He was known as an innovative and dedicated teacher of English for 34 years and is remembered and loved by numerous students, many of whom still live in Roswell.

His service to the field of English included serving as a founding member of the New Mexico Council of Teachers of English, he was elected board member of the National Council of Teachers of English and editor of their newsletter. He was also a charter member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards from 1981-1992. At the time of his death he held the position of president of the Retired Teachers of Roswell.

Frank has also been a long-time supporter of the Roswell Community Little Theatre having served as board president for at least six terms. He directed many plays, and acted in, wrote and produced others, often joined by his wife and sons through the years and was scheduled to direct the upcoming play, Leading Ladies. He served as Historian keeping the history and all of the scrapbooks of the organization.

After high school Frank joined the Army and served in Heidelberg, Germany in the 33rd Army Band. He was instrumental in maintaining long-term friendships where biannual reunions were held since 1997. One of his closest Band member friends was Dr. Roger Dickerson, and the two of them started the Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival which continues as the Roswell Jazz Festival. Roger, who lives in New Orleans, came to Roswell at the invitation of Frank and Carole during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

It was during Frank’s Army service that he was introduced to the Baha’i Faith in 1957. Upon returning to Peoria, he met and married his wife Carole, a Baha’i. Frank’s loyalty and service to the Faith is legendary. He was named the first Hand-of-the-Cause and Secretary General by the Third Guardian Joel B. Marangella, whose most recent tribute follows:

And dear Frank, as one who so faithfully, untiringly and magnificently labored for half a century in steadfast support of and fidelity to the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and in his untiring defense of the sacred, and immutable provisions of the divinely conceived Will and Testament penned by the Center of that Covenant, he has moreover most certainly been lovingly welcomed and warmly embraced by both Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l Baha.
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Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

 

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