Zeke Francis, 60, passed away June 18, 2008 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Zeke was born Oct. 2, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Lyle “Sam” and Clara Francis. The family moved to the Moab area when Zeke was six months old. He attended Grand County schools, and played three sports in high school (football, wrestling, and baseball). He also played in the band and was president of the lettermen’s club.
After graduating from Grand County High School in 1965, Zeke attended Dixie College and CEU for awhile before being drafted into service in the Army in Vietnam. He served as a helicopter crew chief during the war, accumulating around 1,300 hours of flying time. After his stint in Vietnam, he returned stateside and served for awhile in Savannah, Ga.
After leaving the Army, Zeke attended Ricks College in Idaho and Brigham Young University in Provo, studying art design. He made it close to graduation, but never finished, returning to Moab instead to help his father with his drilling business.
Zeke married Maralee Roberts Sept. 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake Temple. Shortly thereafter, they moved out to their current property south of town. Zeke and his family have owned and operated Four Corners Design Center on U.S. 191 for the past 28 years. In addition to working at the T-shirt shop, Zeke also worked as a truck driver and construction worker.
Zeke was known for helping out the Red Devil football squad on the sidelines, where he served as equipment manager and trainer. He also was a certified track official and helped run the Moab Invitational track meet this spring.
Zeke was active in the LDS church and served in many callings. He was ward clerk of the Moab 4th Ward at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Maralee, and their eight children, Bart (and wife Rebecca) Francis of Spanish Fork, Charles (Heather) Francis of Ogden, Samual Francis of Salt Lake City, Rebecca (Chris) Summerhays of St. George, and Geneava, Leonard, Sarah, and Jacob Francis of Moab. Zeke is also survived by his mother, Clara, of Moab; a sister, Debbie (Lee) Sjoblom, of Moab; and a brother, Dennis (Mary) Francis, of Texas. He also has two beautiful granddaughters, Addison Francis and Mckenna Summerhays.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27 at the Moab LDS Stake Center at 701 E. Locust Lane. Viewings will be held Thursday, June 26 at the Kimmerle Funeral Home, 36 South 100 West, beginning at 6 p.m., and also at the church on Friday beginning at 10 a.m.