Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, 2018, Noe Franco, age 71, passed away from cancer and entered the presence of the Lord. He was with is loving wife, Karen.
Born in Fort Stockton on April 18, 1946 to Jesus Franco, Sr. and Tomasa Rameriez (Gonzales) Franco, he was one of three brothers. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in 1972. It was then that Franco began his career as an educator and coach. His tenure included the middle and high schools in Fort Stockton, Anson High School in Anson, TX, Regan County High School in Big Lake, and Alice High School in Alice. He earned his Master’s degree from Sul Ross in 1984, and he maintained a 30-year membership with the Texas High School Coaches Association.
On March 12, 1987, Franco married Karen Arlene Weathers in Austin. Together they raised their family, through life's abundant challenges that teachers and coaches face. Franco enjoyed taking his kids to professional sporting events as much as possible, a tradition that has been carried on by his children and grandchildren.
Franco loved coaching and was appreciated by his students and players. He taught them more that’s X’s and O’s, and he took great pride in his students’ accomplishments after graduation. He was a Longhorn fan in a house he shared with an Aggie. It was a house divided, as daughter Tamara is also an Aggie, but son Jonathan did graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Franco took that as a win.
Franco retired from coaching in 2003 and once again took up his favorite hobby, golf. He was an avid sports fan who could usually be found watching a wide range of competitions. Even soccer, which he lamented as “a communist game designed to undermine good American sports like football, basketball, and baseball.”
Franco had strong opinions and a dry sense of humor. He belonged to a dinner club, and when post-supper discussions carried on too long, he would abruptly stand up, signaling that it was time to go. For the past few years, he enjoyed walking with his friends around Sierra West. During their daily walks, they debated and solved all of the country’s political issues. It was also during these walks that he sheepishly admitted his affections for his two Bichon Frises, or “sissy dogs”.
Franco will be remembered for his love of his family, his dedication to his students, and his rousing opinions.
Franco was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Franco; his daughter, Tamara Michelle Alexander; his son, Jonathan Riley Alexander and his wife, Monique; his grandchildren, Riley Grace Lammerts and Olivia Katherine Alexander; his brother Jesus Franco, Jr. and his wife Jacqueline; and his brother Adan Joe Franco and his wife Candy.
A celebration of Franco's remarkable life was held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, beginning with a visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., immediately followed with services at 11 a.m. at Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, TX. Cremation followed.
Please visit www.Harrellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Franco’s family on his online memorial site.