Ralph Raymond Francis

1929 ~ 2023


Larkin Mortuary, 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 3, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Riverside Stake Center, 1148 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 4, 2023 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Funeral Services

Riverside Stake Center, 1148 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 4, 2023 12:00 PM

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  • Ralph returned to his Heavenly Father and reunited into the arms of his sweetheart Bonnie Lou Francis on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023.

    Born June 14th,1929 to Raymond H Francis and Pearl Miller Francis in Salt Lake City. Graduated from West High School class of 1946.

    Married his sweetheart Bonnie Lou Blatnick on February 20th, 1948, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Ralph was an accomplished businessman, a Managing Sales Representative in the Trucking industry for most of his career.

    He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holding many positions over the years including a member of the Bishopric, coached youth basketball, and volleyball, activities committee, and Boy Scout Leader. He earned the highest awards given in the Boy Scouts, the Silver Beaver and Silver Beehive awards.

    His biggest passion was baseball /fast-pitch softball that he played and coached from a very young age into his mid-adult life.

    His wife and his family were the greatest loves of his life. Ralph and Bonnie raised three wonderful kids, son Ralph Jr, and daughters Judy and Pattie.
    Ralph was truly loved by everyone he met.

    Survived by son Ralph Jr (Sylvia Sebes), daughter Judy Smith (Jack), seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Preceded in death by both parents, wife Bonnie, daughter Patti, and great-grandson Michael Jr.

    A special thank you to Ken and Mario from Symbii Home Health for the help and loving care they provided. Also the Syversen family for the love and friendship through the years.

    A viewing will be held Monday, April 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Larkin Mortuary 260 E South Temple St. Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services with be held Tuesday, April 4th 12:00 noon with a viewing before from 11:00-11:45. At the LDS Riverside Stake Center 1148 W 500 NO, Salt Lake City.

    Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E 10600 S Sandy Utah

    Those wishing to view the COMPLETED services via Zoom can click "Watch Services" or follow the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/UgkEdT3CIFUAhL_D9uOlyG7nOJiRjFWzq7Hb9nVeb63b5c2DSbOzFUVF_v8LEwDu.ciHLzsZ_6Az5lMhV?startTime=1680630449000


    Ralph and Bonnie were great Neighbors.
    He was my home teacher for many years, what a loving person--he will be missed.

    - Laura Newren Reaveley

    Oh Judy Jack and all others in your family. I’m so sorry about the passing of your Dad. Having been in your house many times I remember your Dad so well and he was so fun and friendly. It did help we were in the same Ward growing up. I remember him playing ball with my brothers and how good he was. He was so sweet with my parents and family at their deaths. I saw him last at my brother Stans viewing. I’m happy he is with your mom. What a reunion. My prayers and love to all.
    Mary Lue

    - Mary Lue Kieffer

    I love Ralph he stold my heart when i would go see my dear friend Patty loved his story and his kindness he is with his wife and his daughter that maks me very happy bless the family at this time i send my love🙏🙏🙏🙏💔

    - Terri L Anderson

    Dear Francis Family,
    I just wanted you to know my prayers are with you all at this time. I know how hard it is for you to lose Ralph.
    I have a lot of memories of Ralph beginning when I was 14 and he was in the Bishopric and was part of the Teachers Quorum and would give lessons often.
    Ralph helped coach the County Rec. Softball team that several of us from the ward played on after I got home from my mission and we all know how much he loved ball and the stories he would tell.
    After Bonnie passed he would spend a lot of time visiting my dad while my dad was sick. After my dad passed I spent a lot of time with Ralph and my Mom over the past 10 years. Ralph will really be missed. It is really kind of weird not seeing him the last couple of weeks. He was a good man and I know he is happy! I care for all of you and appreciate what you have done for me.

    Darryl Syversen

    - Darryl Syversen

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Francis family at this time of loss. Ralph was always good to us. He was a great friend to grandma and grandpa Syversen. We will miss him greatly.

    Shay & Janey Syversen

    - Shay &Janey Syversen

    Ralph was a great friend, home teacher, counselor to my husband when he was bishop, he love and was interested in and helped many many people!!! An unforgettable great man!!

    - Janet Clifford

    We were so sorry to hear about Ralph's death. We loved him and his many stories. Harvey remembers playing baseball and other activities with Ralph.
    We know that he is with Bonnie, and that is a happy thing.
    Love, His cousin, Harvey and family

    - Harvey and Jeannie Francis