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Tripp, Henry Franklin

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February 8, 1950 - October 23, 2016

Tripp, Henry Franklin

Henry Franklin Tripp

Frank was born February 8, 1950 in Odessa, Texas and passed away on October 23, 2016.

After graduating from Odessa High School, Frank obtained his undergraduate degree from TCU and then earned his Juris Doctorate at SMU. He worked in the legal department for Fina Oil & Chemical Company for over 20 years where he made numerous friends before he started his own practice.

Frank is survived by his two sons, Hunter and Zachary, sister Sandra Jacobs, sister Rita Morgan and husband George Morgan, and sister Linda Kulasik. He is also survived by his nephew Jeffrey Jacobs and wife Rebecca Jacobs, niece Debra English and husband Jon English, and niece Lee Ann Alspaw and husband Joel Alspaw. He is preceded in death by his parents Thalia and Lea Tripp.

Frank’s wit and sense of humor made him easy to love. His intelligence and perspective made him a natural source of counsel. He taught his values of honesty, integrity and compassion to Hunter and Zach. We are deeply saddened that he left us, however we are thankful that he has found ultimate peace.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for contributions to be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s ( efforts towards fighting bladder cancer or to The Caring Fund at Presbyterian Village North.

Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008

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Ramon Wyke

August 24, 2017 9:06AM

Frank was my friend and my support when I was dealing with colon cancer. Afterwards I moved to Ohio. I had spoken to him during his battle with cancer and madde plans to come visit but they fell through. I didn't know he passed and I want to send my condolences and to say Thank you to Frank for being such a positive influence and friend to someone who was lost. And thank you for showing me what a friend really was suppose to be.

Marjorie Ulman Rothschild

August 07, 2017 10:18PM

Frank was a law school classmate and neighbor of mine in
student housing at SMUlaw school. He was a great friend, whose kindness, generosity and wit endeared him to many of us who had the good fortune to know him. His sense of humor made the serious world of law school more bearable. I am so saddened to learn of his passing but the memory of him is a blessing.

Steve Christie

June 30, 2017 6:27PM

I will miss you always.

Esther Dominey

November 23, 2016 6:55PM

So sorry for your loss. When we were in high school Frank was one of my favorite people. He was always kind, up & had a great sense of humor. He was genuinely a nice person. I miss the thought of him. I pray peace for all his friends and family.

Jesse Draper

November 01, 2016 7:09PM

For two years Frank and I were doubles partners on the OHS tennis team. During that time we lost a lot of matches, often with an equanimity and sense of humor that our coaches found unseemly. Frank had unconventional tennis form, but that didn't keep him from beating me in almost every singles match that we played.

One of the things that most impressed me about Frank was his generosity. He genuinely liked a wide range of people; he was able to see and understand individual qualities in just about everyone. I am so sorry for your loss, but try to remember that Frank probably got more enjoyment out of his 66 years than most people get out of a much longer life. May you treasure your best memories of him as he treasured so many people.

Scott Bruce

November 01, 2016 9:46AM

Frank you will be missed! You were always ready with a smile and a quick quip to set others at easy and brighten their day. A great attorney and friend to those that knew you and proud father, we will miss you! Our prayer for you and your family.

Litsa Papanicolaou

October 31, 2016 3:45PM

What a tremendous loss. Frank was definitely a sharp dressed man (always with matching socks) and great cologne, had a great sense of humor and always had a story to tell. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Memory everlasting.

Betty Ellsworth Ungerman

October 30, 2016 10:52AM

Frank and I worked together at Fina Oil & Chemical. He was consistently happy and optimistic, and, as others have said, had a hilarious wit! He always made me laugh. I could also count on Frank to help me with a project and he taught me a lot about oil and gas law. Be thou at peace, my friend.

Marianna Herrington

October 29, 2016 7:35AM

How can I adequately express how special Frank has always been. I worked with him for many years at Fina and continued our friendship through many years later. He had a rare gift to uplift everyone and make you laugh with his humor. He saw life in such a unique way and took you with him with his observations in such a way with wit and insight! I miss him so much and am so blessed to have shared a part of my life knowing him. To his family - know that he was very much loved by so many people. He is a real treasure.

Judy Reeves Manley

October 28, 2016 10:37PM

My condolences to Frank's entire family. May he Rest In Peace, free from all suffering

Marsha Pieper Trower

October 28, 2016 10:18PM

So very sorry for your loss. Frank was a wonderful, funny and delightful guy. He will be remembered and missed by all who met him along the way. I have many fond memories of Frank that I will always treasure. It doesn't seem possible that he is not in this world with us but I am sure that he is a wonderful place, whole and healthy and waiting for all of us to join him. I will look forward to that.

Ben Read

October 28, 2016 2:29PM

Frank was a good friend in our high school days. He was the sharpest dresser, almost the smartest, guy I knew with the shiniest Bass Weejuns in OHS! God be with you Frank.


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Pam Thornton Campbell

October 28, 2016 1:37PM

Frank was always sweet guy! He was a great dresser and loved to laugh. I loved being with him in class at OHS. I never remember him having a bad day. Please accept my cocondolences on his passing and prayers for your comfort.

Marie Lloyd Cearley

October 28, 2016 1:14PM

Frank was such a dear, sweet person. Our years at OHS were blessed with his presence. My condolences to his loved ones. He will be missed.

Marie Lloyd Cearley

October 28, 2016 1:08PM

Frank was such a dear, sweet person. Our days at OHS were blessed with his presence. My condolences to his loved ones. He will be missed.

Michael & Schelle Howell

October 28, 2016 12:18PM

We were happy to visit Frank in the Hospital. We are saddened for your loss. He was a very fine and kind man.

Wyleen Och

October 28, 2016 9:44AM

I worked with Frank for many years in the legal department at Fina. He could always brighten my day with his incredible wit, and he always showed compassion and kindness. I feel blessed to have had him in my life as a trusted friend all these years, and I have many sweet memories. My condolences to all his family and friends.

Kay Patterson

October 28, 2016 9:40AM

I had several classes with Frank throughout school, he was always active, involved, personable, sincere and kind. RIP Frank, praying for family and friends

Lindy Rainer

October 28, 2016 12:35AM

So sorry that Frank suffered so badly from Cancer but grateful that he's now with our Lord and free of the torment from that horrible disease. What a blessing that his lifelong pal Diane Carson and his sweet sister Linda were with him when he passed. Frank was quite a character and always was doubt he was an outstanding attorney. My condolences go to all of his close friends and loved ones in your loss. Frank was one of a kind...BROCKWA

Colleen Moore Elliott

October 28, 2016 12:06AM

I met Frank in elementary school. He was so sweet and intelligent. My prayers for his family, with peace and comfort. Rest in Peace my friend. You are at Peace now and you will always be remembered by so many of your friends. May God Bless and bring Prace to your precious family.

Lana Pinner Boussidan

October 27, 2016 11:24PM

I have known Frank since we were kids back in Odessa. He was a good friend with a great sense of humor and will certainly be missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss of this sweet man.

Lisa Escano

October 27, 2016 9:03PM

I met Frank at Fina and enjoyed working with him. I remember that he always had a song for every situation and a fantastic sense of humor. He was was an extremely genuine and caring person. We remained friends throughout the years and I will miss him so very much. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Rebecca Savino

October 27, 2016 8:20AM

I remember Frank as a smart lawyer with a wicked sense of humor. We worked together at Fina and I will never forget the good times and the laughter. Rest in Peace my friend.

Julia DeBerry Shaver

October 25, 2016 1:41PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of the Tripp family from years ago. My prayers and sincerest condolences are with Frank's entire family.