Francisco F. Flores Jr. (El Chiriqui), 70, was born on December 31st, 1952, and passed away on Thursday, May 25th, 2023, at Hospice of the Valley.
Frank was born on December 31st, 1952, in Phoenix, Arizona, to the late Francisco Sr. and Antonia Flores. He was one of four children who grew up in the small town of Guadalupe, Arizona, where he attended Frank Elementary. Frank loved cooking and attended culinary school, and in his later life, he became a senior caregiver.
Frank was a beloved father of six with thirteen grandchildren. He married Patricia Robles on February 18th, 1983, and together they had Christopher, Frankie, Angel, Michael, and Louisa. He also had another child, Deanna, with Mercy Osuna, with whom he spent his last years.
Frank was a musician and had a profound love for music. He especially enjoyed playing the piano keyboard. He grew up around his uncles, who, at an early age, taught him and his brothers how to sing and play various instruments.
Frank is survived by all his children and grandchildren, his partner Mercy, brother Benny, and sister Sonia.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Daniel.
A Poem for My Father
The day you died, music seemed to forever change, and a sad undertone was added.
Some days it’s as loud as when you played for the masses. Some days it’s as soft as the days you practiced quietly for perfection.
But it is always there.
We are thankful for the days that we were blessed by the notes of your piano and the happiness that shined through you as you did.
We will listen to your song forever in our hearts, and until we meet again, we will listen to music with the thought of you behind each and every note and reminisce.
Written by Louisa Flores (Chita)