Frank Soza Rodriguez, 79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on September 30, 2023. Born in Tempe, he was one of the founding five families of Tempe, AZ with deep Arizona roots back to 1743. Frank was a cherished son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend.
Educated at Phoenix Union High School, Frank left school early to serve in the U.S. Army for 3 years. On his return he was the first in his family to graduate from college and was a proud Sun Devil from Arizona State University.
Frank’s commitment to his work was evident in his successful career. He worked at Motorola as a Quality Engineer and Manager for many years. He later became a Project Manager at Boeing, where he was able to enjoy his love of aeronautics and satellites.
When not working and in retirement, he enjoyed tending his garden, visits to the ocean and travel. He was an avid fan of Disneyland and cherished the joy it brought him and his family.
Left behind to honor Frank's memory are his ex-spouse and mother to his children Betty Gutierrez, along with his children Lisa Rodriguez, R.N., Tracy Frausto, M.D., Mark Rodriguez, and daughter-in-law Amanda Rodriguez. His brother Thomas Rodriguez, sister Angelina Lopez, sister Patricia Cervantes, brother Reynaldo Rodriguez, granddaughter Madeleine Frausto, grandson Brennan Frausto, granddaughter Ava Gray Rodriguez, soon to be granddaughter Mia Bella Rodriguez, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins will also dearly miss him. Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank Rodriguez, mother Hilda Rodriguez, sister Alice Garcia, brothers-in-law Jesus Lopez & Frank Cervantes, and nephew Arthur Roman.
A graveside service will be held in his honor on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 10am at St. Francis Cemetery, located at 2033 N 48th St. Phoenix, AZ 85008. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
We will forever remember your quotes, your jokes and your dedication to encourage and support our family. May his memory endure in the hearts of those who loved him. Frank will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.