Meier, Frank L.

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June 21, 1936 - October 2, 2017

Meier, Frank L.

Meier, Frank Lorenz. Born on June 21, 1938. Died on October 2, 2017. Services will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 2pm at Church of the Holy Communion, located at 17405 Muirfield Drive, Dallas 75287. A reception will follow. Frank’s wife of 53 years, Barbara Brooks Meier, predeceased him (2013) as did his parents, Richard Meier (brother), Andrew Meier (nephew), Brady Brooks (nephew) and Stewart Tatum (Godson).

Frank leaves behind his 3 daughters: Michelle and husband David Holmes of Richardson, TX, Andrea Meier of Highlands Ranch, CO and Melanie Penwarden Meier of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his brother Art Meier of San Antonio, seven grandchildren, eight nieces and nephews, loving companion, Sue Allin of Dallas and a host of dear friends.

Frank was a caring husband and father and embodied the motto of “service above self.” Having served as Warden on several church vestries he also enjoyed working with others through his involvement with the following civic organizations: Dallas Executives Association, Dallas Opera, Board Member 1984-2000; The Dallas Knife and Fork Club; North Dallas High School Alumni Board and North Dallas High School Partners in Education. Additionally he served as Rotary Past District Governor – District 5810, 1981-82 and President of East Dallas Rotary Club.

His first job was as a copy boy during summers for the Dallas Morning News where his grandfather worked as night editor. A member of ROTC at North Dallas High School, he graduated with numerous drawing awards. After college at Texas A&M (class of ‘59)  and marrying his sweetheart, Frank served in the National Guard while embarking on an interesting and unique career as an architect where he enjoyed a wide variety of projects and served many distinguished clients including Mary Kay Cosmetics, The LTV Corp., Steamboat Springs Resort, General Dynamics, Lockheed, US Corp of Engineers, Texas A&M University, The Trammell Crow Company, City of Dallas, The Dallas Opera, many schools for the Dallas Independent School District and many libraries and churches. In total he worked in 21 states and 16 foreign countries.

He had a passion for classical music and opera and enjoyed wood working with friends – all the while chewing on a good cigar. Cookouts with family and friends, including the annual Octoberfest he loved to host in his backyard woods, were some of his favorite events.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Church of the Holy Communion – Building fund or Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, Tx.

John 14 1-2: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Charlotte Hudgin

October 25, 2017 10:22PM

What a full, wonderful life. I only knew him as he gave so much to his Rotary community.

Doris Sampson

October 25, 2017 8:29PM

Frank and Barbara Meier were so dedicated to each other, their family, their friends, their church,, their community, and their country. My life is much richer from knowing and associating with these two amazing people.

Greg Pape

October 25, 2017 11:58AM

As a District Governor of Rotary he was an exeptional Rotarian. No surprise that he was also an architect of high repute.

Jerry Wisley

October 25, 2017 11:49AM

Frank and I had a long time business and personal friendship for many years. He and I completed and added to each other's stories. His wife, Barbara, and I went through elementary/high school, so Frank and I had another friendship connection. Frank had many great attributes, and I one time told him that, however, he being an Aggie was not one of them. An in fun of course.

Bill Perryman

October 25, 2017 11:01AM

I have known Frank for over 25 years as a fellow member of Rotary and more recently as a client. Frank was an example to all who knew him as the epitome of what "Service above Self" truly means. He was a fine man and left his community much better than he found it. You are in my prayers.

Fred H. Speno

October 25, 2017 10:37AM

Frank was an admirable man for many reasons. He was a loving family man, a talented architect, a principles man of integrity, an exemplary Rotarian, a good citizen and a credit to his community.Olinda

Thomas Mathew

October 24, 2017 6:14PM

Frank was a great architect and a wonderful person. I met Frank in 2010 in connection with building a multipurpose hall of our church, Mar Thoma Church of Dallas Farmers Branch, 11550 Luna Road. Frank designed the facility. The project was successfully completed in April 2016. Frank and Hemani Patel who worked with him in the project attended the inauguration of the facility on April 30, 2016. It was a joy working with Frank. Frank was a talented architect and an honorable and dignified person. I consider it a privilege to have known Frank. On behalf of our church and indeed on my own behalf, I express our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thomas Mathew

Joanne Jones

October 24, 2017 5:53PM

Whether at the opera or at an ESD function, formal or in the backyard, Peter and I will miss Frank and Barbara. They were such a wonderful couple, and we are so lucky to have known them. Our sincerest condolences to Frank’s daughters and grandchildren.

Susie Dwelle Waters

October 24, 2017 3:43PM

I met the Meiers in 1983 when Barbara and I first began our teaching careers at ESD. I was always struck by how close they were, how united. One telling story featured Frank in his role as preux gentillehomme. Barbara was scheduled to play in a women's tier tennis tournament, but couldn't go at the last minute. In stepped Frank, replete with tennis whites and tennis racquet, to pinch hit for the absent Barbara. A gentleman to the core.
Another tie I had with Barbara and Frank was through the Tatum family. Frank and Barbara and Ainsley and Tommy Tatum were in each other's weddings and continued as life-long friends.(Frank was Stewart Tatum's godfather.) My husband spent many, many hours at the Tatum household growing up in University Park. (Tommy's brother, Jimmy, was Buzzy's best friend in high school.) So, it was no surprise that such great folks as Barbara and Frank would be best friends with the Tatums.
Buzzy and I send you our deepest condolences and some great big hugs. Susie Waters

Michelle and Greg Randall

October 24, 2017 1:39PM

Greg and I send our heartfelt condolences to Michelle, Andrea, and Melanie. We enjoyed the friendship of Frank and Barbara for several years through our shared experiences at ESD. They were a fun-loving and dedicated couple; role models to so many. Blessings to the girls and all the grandchildren whom they loved so dearly.

Carolyn & Jim Frenzel

October 24, 2017 12:25PM

Remembering Frank's smile and his warm friendly personality. He was special. We always looked forward to talking with him at the family gatherings. Our hearts go out to all the family at this time of sorrow.

Don & Florence Wellman

October 24, 2017 10:17AM

Frank was our next door neighbor here on Walling Lane for 50 years. He was a great neighbor and we will miss him very much. May God Bless his family.

Ginny Bowers

October 22, 2017 3:24PM

Having known Frank since 1954, he was a true friend. And our lives rejoined several times, the last being many years at Church of the Holy Communion together. Our brothers and our fathers were also friends. He will be missed!

Barry Brooks

October 22, 2017 2:02PM

The best brother-in-law because:he loved my sister Barbara, his three daughters,all the family, and served the community so well.