Donald J Francis

05/19/1933 — 03/05/2013

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in New Bedford, MA

Donald J Francis

Donald Don Joseph Francis, 79, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on March 5, 2013 in Kennewick, WA due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.

He was born on May 19, 1933 in New Bedford, MA and graduated from New Bedford High School in 1951. He married Joyce Glaze in 1960, and celebrated 52 years of marriage. Don was a dedicated family man. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. The things that made him happiest were the trips and gatherings with his family sharing new experiences, meals and laughter.

Don honorably served in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1957 including a tour of duty in Japan. Upon his discharge, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where worked at Neway Uniform & Towel Supply Company where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Joyce. In 1960 he was hired as a patrolman on the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department. He rose to the rank of Captain of Detectives and retired from the City of Ft. Lauderdale in 1983. He graduated from Nova University in 1979, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Don and Joyce moved across country when he was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Pasco, WA. After 12 years he fully retired and enjoyed the leisure activities of golfing, bowling, camping, and travel.

Don was above everything else in this life, a strong believer in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He was dedicated to leadership, personal spiritual growth, and volunteering in the churches he attended with his family.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Gladys and Robert Pimentel, brothers Robert and Wayne Pimentel and brother-in-law Larry Horton. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and his two children, Scott Francis Ramona of Pittsburgh, PA, and Teri DaviesTom of Richland, WA; his 4 grandchildren Melanie and Amanda Francis, Lauren and Evan Davies as well as his sisters, Roberta Horton Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Joan Anderson Ron, Pt. Charlotte, FL, and sister-in-law, Rose Pimentel Maggie Valley, NC; brothers-and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Canyon Lakes Restorative and Rehabilitation in Kennewick, WA for taking care of Don during the last 16 months of his life, especially the CNAs and nurses who provided loving daily care.

Visitation is on Friday, March 8, from 12-2pm and 6-8pm at Einan's Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA. Don's "Celebration of Life" service will be held at 11am Saturday, March 9, at South Hills Church, 3700 W. 27th Avenue, Kennewick, followed by a 3pm graveside ceremony at Sunset Memorial Garden, Richland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Clinic, 800 W Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA, 99336. This is a free clinic where Joyce volunteers.

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  • You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all very much.

    Wendy Martin
    November 4, 2014
    Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Joyce and Family ,,,Our thoughts and Prayers are with you ! Don is now in a better place but he will be missed here on earth for sure! I always loved that friendly smile of his at church or at Canyon Lakes ! God Bless You All !

    Dave and Lou Whitemarsh

    Dave Whitemarsh
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, U.S.A.
  • Don brought so much laughter to the halls of Canyon Lakes. He always had a joke to tell and loved seeing us laugh. It was so heart warming to see how much he loved his wife and family. I miss you with all my heart Don.

    Joyce- my thoughts are always with you! You truly are a strong woman and a dedicated, loving wife. God bless!

    Sarah Macon
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Don and Joyce were the first friends we made when we arrived in the Tri-Cities. Don was a good and decent man, and a great friend. We will carry him in our hearts forever.

    Marc & Deana Haren
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA
  • Joyce, Teri, Scott and Family,

    Don was truly a great family man, loving husband, accomplished law enforcement officer and a great neighbor. We always enjoyed his positive attitude, sense of humor and kind demeanor. He was always fun to be around and he truly enjoyed people. He was also a hoot at our neighborhood parties and we always felt very secure in our neighborhood with Don being the Pasco Police Chief at that time. God bless the Francis family during this time of loss.

    Fred and Marjory Serier
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, USA
  • You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all very much.

    Wendy Martin
    November 4, 2014
    Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Joyce and Family ,,,Our thoughts and Prayers are with you ! Don is now in a better place but he will be missed here on earth for sure! I always loved that friendly smile of his at church or at Canyon Lakes ! God Bless You All !

    Dave and Lou Whitemarsh

    Dave Whitemarsh
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, U.S.A.
  • Don brought so much laughter to the halls of Canyon Lakes. He always had a joke to tell and loved seeing us laugh. It was so heart warming to see how much he loved his wife and family. I miss you with all my heart Don.

    Joyce- my thoughts are always with you! You truly are a strong woman and a dedicated, loving wife. God bless!

    Sarah Macon
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Don and Joyce were the first friends we made when we arrived in the Tri-Cities. Don was a good and decent man, and a great friend. We will carry him in our hearts forever.

    Marc & Deana Haren
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA
  • Joyce, Teri, Scott and Family,

    Don was truly a great family man, loving husband, accomplished law enforcement officer and a great neighbor. We always enjoyed his positive attitude, sense of humor and kind demeanor. He was always fun to be around and he truly enjoyed people. He was also a hoot at our neighborhood parties and we always felt very secure in our neighborhood with Don being the Pasco Police Chief at that time. God bless the Francis family during this time of loss.

    Fred and Marjory Serier
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, USA