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Frank Roland Orzell

October 24, 1936 March 4, 2019
Frank Roland Orzell
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Frank Roland Orzell, 82 years old, of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019. He was born on October 24, 1936, in San Francisco, California, to parents Stanley and Marcelline Orzell, and brother, Kenneth (Skip) Orzell.

He attended Polytechnic High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Dixie Davis. During his high school summer vacations, he worked as a forest ranger at Big Bend and Fall River Mills. He attended the University of Michigan to play football and study engineering. He then entered the St. Paul’s Novitiate in New Jersey, where he studied to become a Paulist Catholic priest. He left the Novitiate prior to taking his vows, and shortly after, met his first wife, Maria del Rosario Hernandez. They lived together in Mexico, and later welcomed 3 daughters, Sandra, Rosanna, and Jessica. During this time, he enjoyed a successful career in finance in the US, Central and South America as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and other companies. He was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and had tried his hand at bull fighting. He continued his consulting career at Index Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he helped clients integrate technology into their businesses. He met his second wife, Ann Chatham Rote, in Boston, Massachusetts, on a blind date set up by a colleague. He welcomed his 4th daughter, Susannah, and only a few years later became a grandfather.

He leaves behind 7 grandchildren: Sandra, Christian, Fabiola, Juan Manuel, Diego, Santiago and Daniela. Many years later, he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Dixie Davis, and they later married. He moved to Coeur D’Alene after retiring, where he spent his final years with Dixie and her family. He was passionate about woodcarving, cooking, and political activism. His mind remained as sharp as ever in retirement, and he exercised it frequently in city hall and in his wood carving projects. More than anything, he loved his family, and never ceased to brag about the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Speaking on behalf of his family and dear friends, although we sorely miss him already, we are incredibly grateful to have had such an extraordinary man in our lives.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 am Saturday March 9, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 919 East Indiana Ave. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814.

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11:00 AM 3/9/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/9/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

919 E. Indiana Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

St. Thomas Catholic Church
919 E. Indiana Ave Coeur d'Alene 83814 ID
United States

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