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6/12/2012 2:45:00 PM
Obituary: Brian S. Francis

Brian S. Francis, 71, of Williams passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif. Jan. 31, 1941 to James and Elizabeth Francis.

Brian was an avid rail fan. His hobby was creating model railroad layouts HO scale. He was employed with the Grand Canyon Railway, post retirement all though he never felt it was a JOB ... it was FUN!

He was a deeply loved and appreciated man. A devoted Christian as well as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Francis; children Toby Francis, Laurie Francis Dauber, Stephen McKinney, Elizabeth Francis Turpin and Eric Francis; as well as 10 grandchildren and sister Janet Gatzke.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Williams. Viewing will be for one hour prior to services. Burial will conclude services at the Williams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund, 629 W. Grant Ave., Williams, AZ 86046

Condolences can be shared with his family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Article comment by: Pamela Lamm

Hi Brian,

I wanted to let you know you will be missed by your sisters who were not mentioned in the obitaury and did not know of your passing until much later. Even though Jennifer and I were adopted, we still felt like your sisters in our hearts.
Thank you for being such a great son to our Father and to your Mother.
May you join your sister Kathy( who also wasn't mentioned) and other family members and know you were loved by many.
Your sister,


Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Article comment by: Gene Peterson

Brian you were a really good friend and fellow model train buff. We will miss seeing and talking trains. RIP

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

Brian, you were an absolute pleasure to work with. I enjoyed all the chats I had with you during our mid-day layover at the Canyon, especially when the subject was trains. I am glad to know that on your last day, although you weren't feeling well, you got to hear 4960 arrive and leave every hour through the afternoon and hear the wonderful steam whistle while you were resting at home. I certainly will always remember the fun times working with you on the Rambler during National Train Days this year. I will wear my Cataract Creek Rambler pin on my shirt in your honor every day on the train. Rest in peace, Brian, ALL of us at the train miss you!!

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