In memory of

Frank Wesley Spragg

Jun 13, 1943
May 18, 2024

Obituary

Frank Wesley Spragg made his debut in Modesto, California, on June 13th, 1943. He spent most of his childhood in beautiful Montana.

Frank's early life in education took him through Belgrade elementary, middle, and high school. For his senior year, he joined the ranks of Bozeman High School, where, naturally, the cool kids gathered. He starred in plays, played basketball and most notably joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He later pursued his academic ambitions at Brigham Young University, earning a degree in History, and served an honorable mission in England.

Frank wore many professional hats with the flair of a seasoned magician. From an entrepreneur and business owner of Spragg Piano Service for 43 years to a Forest Ranger, Commercial Real Estate Agent, Insurance Salesman, and, most proudly, an author. Frank's career was a tapestry of diverse achievements. Notably, his eloquence earned him multiple Toastmasters International “Speech Contest Winner” trophies.

Frank was a reverse renaissance man.

His military service included stints in the Army and Air National Guard, adding another layer to his multifaceted life.

A man of boundless interests, Frank delighted in hiking, exploring, and anything related to maps and people. His memory for dates, places, and names was legendary, matched only by his thirst for knowledge and love for writing. Mountain climbing, gardening, and conversing were among his cherished pastimes, along with being an avid reader.

Frank's community spirit shone through his involvement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Toastmasters, and the Mountain Climbing Club. He even penned a book “Two Moments of Glory”, about Montana High School Basketball, contributing a slice of local history.

Among the milestones in his life, marrying the love of his life, Judi Roberts, adopting her four children – Terryn, Jana, Jeffrey, and Tyler – and hiking to the top of Mount Saint Helens shortly before it erupted stand out. His quirky tradition of enjoying root beer with chocolate sauce and taking grandkids on yearly hiking trips will be fondly remembered.

Frank leaves behind a legacy of love and adventure, survived by his beloved Judi, his older sister Sheila and younger sister Susie, his children Terryn, Jana, Jeffrey and Tyler, grandchildren Jeremy, Ryan, Brianna, Kylie, Gavin, Teagan, Tyler, Shaina, Brandon, Courtney, Evan, Spencer, Hayden, Camden and baby London, and 13 great grandchildren (and counting). He joins those who predeceased him with a storybook ending to a life well-lived.

In the words of Frank himself, “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” We can confidently say he did just that.

Service Information

Celebration of Life
May 25, 2024 2:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
4550 Lone Oak Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302

~Frank was laid to rest at Miller Cemetery in Silverton Oregon, on May 25th, 2024~

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Nazzie Pater-Rov says:

    Frank is my mother’s father’s brother’s son, and my only real connection to my grandfather. He was a great friend. We collaborated about writing books. He made sure to visit me if he was coming into town. He loved learning about people. He loved his faith. He loved his family, no matter how distantly related. I learned from him to never stop doing the things that bring joy, creating, connecting, and learning.

  2. Jesse Tyson says:

    I wish that I had the opportunity to really get to know him. He will be miss .

  3. Jesse Tyson says:

    I wish that I had the opportunity to really get to know him. I will miss him.

  4. L Smith says:

    Brother Spragg was a really cool guy in our ward I am going to miss him and his amazing garden

  5. Anonymous says:

    He was my home teacher and always was kind to me and always brought the spirit into my home with his kindness

  6. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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