Frank M. Namesnik 1940-2013
LONGMONT, Colo. – Frank M. Namesnik, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed on Monday, July 1, 2013, in Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Frank was born June 11, 1940, in Warren, the son of Stephen I. and Magdalena Bahat Namesnik.
While attending Newton Falls High School, he was active in athletics, including the All-County Basketball Team. Frank also achieved the Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts, was president of the Catholic Youth Organization and Knights of Columbus and served as an altar boy for 12 years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Following his high school graduation in 1958, he was awarded an academic scholarship by the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. and an athletic scholarship in basketball at Youngstown University.
During his tenure at Youngstown University, he participated in two NAIA national basketball tournaments, was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and served in all chairs of the University Student Council, including president. Frank was also a member of the William Rayen School of Engineering Dean’s Council.
He graduated in June 1963, earning a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical engineering, a five-year program. He was awarded the university’s Best All Around Student award, selected by the university faculty.
On June 20, 1964, Frank married Carole Ann Walton in St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.
Following his graduation from Youngstown University, Frank was employed by IBM Corp. in Endicott, N.Y. While in Endicott, he was part of IBM’s announcement of the 360 line of computers.
In 1967, he transferred to IBM’s Federal Systems Division in Owego, N.Y. In Owego, he worked on several military and NASA programs, including Wild Weasel, Mark 48, Star Wars, Space Shuttle and Apollo, and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University in engineering administration.
In 1977, Frank transferred to IBM’s Boulder facility in the Office Products Division. He spent 25 years in various engineering and management positions while with IBM, retiring in June 1993.
Frank was always involved in community activities. When living in Little Meadows, Pa., Frank was president of the St. Thomas Rosary Society, a volunteer firefighter, an emergency squad member and a church lector.
Upon moving to Colorado and building his home in the foothills, he was active in Lyons, Colo., serving as a coach for boys and girls elementary basketball, Boy Scouts advisor, Lyons Lion Club president, Lyons High School Boosters Club and president of the Lyons Catholic Community steering committee.
Frank was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying many years of hunting and fishing with his sons and his hunting camp friends. During his later years, Frank enjoyed traveling with his wife, took up golf and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren.
Frank is survived by his wife, Carole; his children, Jeffrey D. (Joni) of Loveland, Colo., David F. (Michelle) of Fort Collins, Colo., Cynthia L. (Jim) Chapman of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Kimberly S. (Bob) Gordon of Moorpark, Calif.; his five grandchildren, Jessica, Tyler, Kiana, Luke and Amanda; his sister, Elizabeth (Jim) Schmidt of Cortland; his brother, Steve (Cathy) Jr. of Newton Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded by his parents and his two brothers, Joseph and Ivan.
A service will be held 6:30 p.m. today at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls with the Rev. Carl G. Kish officiating. A time of fellowship may be shared with the family following the service.