Steve Franklin

Steve Franklin, 68, passed away October 5, 2017 with family by his side. He was born to Robert and Beryl Franklin of Phoenix, AZ on January 17, 1949.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Steve worked for Arizona Public Service for over 35 years and was known to all of his coworkers as an intelligent, kind, hardworking man. He started as a mail clerk, then became a lineman and retired in 2012 as a Supply Chain Manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Steve’s reputation for his strong work ethic and ability to manage a team with heart was known and admired company wide. Shortly after retirement, Steve took on the care giving responsibilities for his mother-in-law, Jane Purcell, which he laughingly said was one of his greatest challenges and joys.

As a young man, Steve earned his rank as an Eagle Scout and enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and all sports. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed sharing his love of nature with his children and grandchildren. A private memorial service will commence in one of his favorite fishing spots in the White Mountains near Greer, AZ.

Steve is survived by his wife of 31 years, Polly; sister, Nancy Morrison; sons, Aaron, Chris, and Danny; daughters, Holly and Katie Ann; and eight grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Cindy Worthy.

Donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America.

5 Comments on “Steve Franklin

  1. Remembering Steve Franklin:
    I met Steve when I joined Old Boy Scout Troop 294 at Ingleside Elementary School in Dec 1962. He was three years older than I, but he always made sure the new scouts felt included. Just like his Dad Bob “Soapy” Franklin, Steve & Soapy were both cheerful & honorable souls. Around the campfires on our trips throughout the Arizona wilderness, Steve organized many a skit with him portraying the role of a radio announcer for KORN radio. Yes, the skits were “corny”, but they were always creative and fun times. (Even the great Steven Spielberg got his start telling his stories around the Troop 294 campfires). Serving in the role as Senior Patrol Leader, Steve Franklin was an organizer, planner, & achiever. Steve attained the coveted rank of Eagle Scout . . . something which is only attained by 1 to 2% of all Boy Scouts nationwide. May the life of Steve Franklin be forever Blessed.

  2. Steve made an impact on our girls while volunteering as “The Rock Hound” and “Santa” at Montessori in the Park. His knowledge and interest in rocks sparked our girls’ interest as well. They always looked forward to “The Rock Hound”coming into class. We still have our rocks he lovingly polished with his tumbler for the kids. We love you Polly and are sending our love.

  3. Steve and Polly are our neighbors. I am so saddened by the loss of Steve. I had many conversations with his mother in law Jane Purcell after Steve began caring for her. He was kind and loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  4. Steve and Polly have been neighbors for several years. After Polly’s dad died, they moved in with mom, initially for companionship, which also became caregiving. Steve was her primary caregiver and Jane had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. Apparently Steve was also a great cook!
    He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  5. I knew and admired Steve from working with him at APS. Steve was always a competent and reasonable voice at APS. I had a great deal of respect for him. He was one of the good guys.

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