Frank Pace Jr. 97 of Emmett, Nampa and Boise, Idaho passed away March 26, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Graveside services will follow at 11:00 am at the Emmett Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, LaPreal Preston Pace.
Frank was born on June 5, 1923 to Franklin and Nellie Clark Pace in Burley, Idaho. He didn’t like school and always said he played hooky more than he attended school. Interestingly, later in life he was an avid reader and couldn’t get enough of learning. Whatever he lacked in formal education he made up for in hard work. That started early in life including herding sheep in southern Utah at the age of 11.
Frank married LaPreal Preston in Twin Falls, Idaho on February 3, 1943 and they were later sealed in the Logan Temple on August 8, 1945. They lived, farmed and raised cattle in the Burley area, interrupted by Frank serving in the Army during the Korean War as a Quonset huts. While in Burley, Vicki, Francine and Frank were born. Opportunity eventually brought the family to the Emmett Valley in 1954 where Frank continued to ranch and farm and was employed for many years at the Boise Cascade Sawmill. Their last child, LaRena was born in 1956.
Their marriage was cut short when LaPreal passed away on April 6, 1965. On February 26, 1966 Frank married Thelma Manning and they had a wonderful 51 years of marriage until her death on November 12, 2017. With that marriage Thelma’s children, Robert, Dennis, Marlene and Diane who he also loved, joined the family.
Frank was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On March 17, 1973 he was sustained as Bishop of the Letha Ward where he served for 6 years. He and Thelma served two full time missions for the Church to North Carolina in 1979 and Adam-ondi-Ahman in 1984. They also served together in the Boise, Idaho Temple for 12 years.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife LaPreal Preston Pace, his second wife, Thelma Fowler Manning Pace; daughter, Francine Pace Reeves; step-son, Robert Manning; step daughter, Diane Manning and four brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his children, Vicki (John) Hunt of Boise, ID, Frank C. (Bonnie) Pace of Portland, OR, LaRena (Steve) Radke of Meridian, ID; son-in-law, Mark Reeves of Kent, WA; his stepchildren, Dennis (Linda) Manning of OR, Marlene (Harmen) Hurran of Nampa, ID, daughter-in-law, DeAnn Manning of Oakley, ID; 27 grandchildren and 72 great grandchildren.
Frank enjoyed working with wood, creating many home inventions and he made his own casket. Whatever Frank Pace built was solid and not going anywhere!
Frank had a great love for his country, freedom and the Constitution. Along with being a man of great faith, he was a man of true grit, had a huge heart, great sense of humor and an honorable soul. He worked hard and lived a full life. He is admired by family and friends and his legacy will continue in each of our hearts.
Dad and Grandpa, you are loved and will be missed!
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