Franqui, Jack

Public Information

Name

Franqui, Jack

Class

2003

Biography

(1932-2016) Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1932. Veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. Relocated to Arizona in 1976. Medically unable to work, joined Disabled American Veterans in 1979, served as State Commander 1991-92, and dedicated his life to volunteering. Took DAV color guard across Arizona, posting colors for many communities and organizations. His color guard team recognized in 1990 as DAV National Honor Guard. Visited schools as a veteran’s representative, teaching children about the United States Flag. Actively lobbied the U.S. to place the Arizona State Veterans Cemetery under the Department of Veterans Affairs. When it became a National Cemetery, he organized the ceremony to celebrate the occasion. Served as chairman and long time member of Arizona State Fair Veterans Recognition Day committee. Strong supporter of establishment of Arizona State Veterans Home and Veterans License Plate program. Past chairman of Unified Arizona Veterans. Credited with many hours as volunteer at Phoenix VA Hospital.