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Franklin Arnold Tau

04/08/1934 - 05/18/2023

Franklin Arnold Tau, 89, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona, surrounded by family. Frank enjoyed spending time with family, being involved in his church community and ministries, playing golf, watching all kinds of sports and attending games. He was married to Marjorie (Marge) Alward, in Pennsylvania, on June 6, 1953. They and their 4 children moved to Mesa, Arizona, in 1968.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marge of 70 years, his four children and their spouses, Mark (Anne Marie), Fred (Marcella), Phil (Julie), and April McElrath (Steve), 13 Grandchildren, 25 Great Grandchildren and his brother John. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Rita Tau, three sisters, Ruth Williams, Pauline Donnell, and Elsie Batchelor, four brothers, James, Paul, Everett, and Elmer and great grandchild, Elijah Marks.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 P.M. at Journey of Grace Nazarene Church, 955 E University, Mesa, AZ, 85203. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Journey+of+Grace+Church+of+the+Nazarene/@33.4218448,-111.8123129,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x872ba7ccc72ffe89:0xb1b66b54a2c84417!8m2!3d33.4218448!4d-111.8101242!16s%2Fg%2F1tdzx5pd

Flowers may be sent to the church or Donations “In the memory of Frank Tau” may be made to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, AZ by mail to 3405 N Higley Rd. Mesa, AZ 85215 or online at https://sunshineacres.org/donate/ ( leave “In memory of Frank Tau” in the special instructions during payment.)


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Gary and Cheryl Lewis

    Aunt Marge and family, so sorry to hear of Uncle Franks passing. May he rest in peace. Hugs and prayers to you all.

    Gary & Cheryl Lewis and Family

  • Penny Robinett McCollum

    Frank has left me with so many fond memories of him teasing April and I, making us laugh all together, speaking truths in my life about sports, dating boys, conservative spending and modeling it very well, … I could list so many other things, events, stories, and jokes. Frank is home in his heaven beyond and we will see him again.

  • Barbara Antonucci

    Uncle Frank was a very special man. My condolences to Aunt Marge and all the family. He could always make you laugh.

  • Sharon Biby and family

    Aunt Marge & family, so sad to hear about Uncle Frank’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. The world was a better place for him having been in it. Sending deepest condolences and love to you as you grieve your loss. Love Sharon & family

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