On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Franklin Davis Hollingworth peacefully returned home to his Heavenly Father and anxiously awaiting family at the age of 89. While it has been hard for us to see him go, we know it is a time of great celebration on the other side of the veil where he has been reunited with his parents and siblings, including his younger brother who preceded him in death 62 years earlier, and his granddaughter, Andrea Kay Hollingworth.
Frank was born on June 19, 1930 to Benjamin Hanson Hollingworth and Edna Davis, one of five children. He was raised in Holladay, Utah and attended Granite High School where he was a cheerleader. He then went on to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes area. Frank continued to serve in the church in many different capacities throughout his life and had an abiding testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Japan where he worked in counterintelligence. His outgoing personality and athleticism provided many opportunities for leadership, including serving as a sergeant and having the chance to compete as a member of the US Army Ski Team. Following three years of military service, he went to Brigham Young University, where he was a student body officer. His wife-to-be, Marilyn Anne Gerhart, answered his ad for a secretarial position and they were later married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 11, 1957.
Frank received his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Marketing and Economics. He was a died-in-the-wool entrepreneur and salesman, a quality that never left him, even into retirement. Having trained for a time as an opera singer, he had a great appreciation for music and a beautiful tenor voice. He loved to sing and to listen to his wife play the organ and piano.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn G. Hollingworth; two children, Jeffrey (Kay) Hollingworth and Lisa (Will) May; and six grandchildren. Colby, Bradley, Sydney, Emily, Aubrey and Luke were a great source of joy to grandpa as he spent countless hours with them at family dinners, on vacations, playing Old Maid & Go Fish and talking together. The grandkids will never forget his master touch in preparing “mush” for them.
A viewing and funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec 12 at Mountain Point 6th Ward, 498 E Hollow Creek Rd (14085 S.) in Draper. The viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30am and the funeral from 11:00-noon. Interment will follow at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park. The family would like to thank all those who provided attentive health and memory care for Frank at the VA Hospital, Copper Ridge Nursing Home, Care Advocates, Legacy Village and Canyons Hospice.
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