Francis Charles Platchek, age 55 of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully February 23, 2020 in his home. He was born May 18, 1964, in Philadelphia, PA to Dutch and Betty Platchek. Frank grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1982. Immediately after school, he joined the United States Air Force and began his journey in the telecommunications industry where he served as an OSP Project Manager and Business Development Manager.
Frank lived to connect deeply with everyone he interacted with. Whether it was the grocery store clerk or a barber that gave him a bad cut, he made it a point to put a smile on their face and leave a lasting impression. Aside from the general public, Frank loved doing ANYTHING with or for his five children. The enjoyment he received from teaching and spending time with his kids was the light that fueled his energetic, positive outlook on life. At every chance he got, he made sure to tell everyone how proud he was of his children. His welcoming, kind, open-heart commonly left people warm and wanting more of “Sexy Frank”.
Frank enjoyed new experiences every day. From riding motorcycles, to fishing, to traveling, to snowboarding, to improv and dance classes, Frank always had a keen sense of adventure. He spent hours listening to podcasts and books, so he could expand his knowledge to reach others. Frank was always up to date on the newest self-improvement trends. Whether it be a new organic food, snake venom or cryotherapy, he kept everyone entertained with his energy for growth. Frank not only helped friends and family but left an everlasting impact on people all over the world. He constantly rallied the family together to volunteer at places like Feed My Starving Children and Paz De Cristo to make impactful memories while learning the value of giving back to others. He had an amazing way of always making others feel his love and know how much he cared about them.
Frank is survived by his parents; father, Francis “Dutch” Platchek; mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Platchek; sister, Bettyanne Platchek- Samarco; brother, Michael Platchek; life partner and best friend Rhonda Platchek, sons Justin and spouse Jenna, Logan and spouse Kenzie, Kyle and spouse Kristen, and Frankie Platchek; daughter, Laura Platchek; grandson, Connor Forsythe.
Family and friends are invited to meet with his family August 22, 2020 9 AM and to participate in his memorial mass 10 AM at St. John the Baptist Church, 119 Rector Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19127.