On December 8th 2021, Frank Martin Estes passed away at the age of 62. Frank was an adoring father, doting grandfather, brother, uncle, best friend and stepfather. He was born in Concord, California on April 22nd, 1959 to Faith Georgia Haviland and Herbert Wayne Estes. Frank was raised by his loving grandmother, Katherine Erma Estes. He was a devoted brother to his siblings, Daniel, Donna, Chris and Nancy.
He grew up in Northern California and later moved to Southern California where he graduated high school from Los Alamitos High School. He was incredibly hard working and devoted himself to the casino industry. He also worked part time in construction doing drywall and worked in many areas of the casino business, first in Northern Nevada and then in Southern California. His nickname in his casino workplaces was “Chicago.” He eventually retired from the casino management industry in California.
In retirement, Frank enjoyed the simple times of making special memories with those who loved him the most. He was very grateful for the love and caregiving Wanda gave. They enjoyed the simple moments with their dog Toby. Until the last day, Wanda was at his bedside, caretaking and selflessly loving him.
His favorite name was “Papa” to his 4 grandchildren, Benjamin(14), Madyson(12) Kylee(5) and Connor(4). He was an adoring father to his daughter, Paula and cherished his amazing son in law, Ryan. He loved spoiling his babies and always made time for a good chess game with his oldest granddaughter. He looked forward to his favorite holiday every year, Thanksgiving where he would visit his daughter Paula and make cherished memories with family. Frank had 5 stepchildren, Brian, Stacy, Susan, Pisay, and Vongsai. He also treasured his 12 step grandchildren, and 1 step great grandchild. One of his favorite memories is attending the Navy-Army game in Philadelphia and was incredibly proud of his stepson Brian’s military career and service in the Navy. He was so very proud of all his kids, each a special part of his life and he loved them all very much. Frank loved to watch baseball, The Dodgers, ride motorcycles, fish, ski, boogey board, the ocean, watching sunsets, traveling, cruising, dog Toby, a good poker game, wheeling a good discount, debating and his favorite meal at Katella Deli restaurant.
Frank will be remembered as selflessly devoted to those he loved, generous and kind. He had the greatest sense of humor, a gentle man who so much wanted peace and love for himself and all he loved. He found faith and hope in God and felt very blessed in his life after many personal struggles and hardships. We find much comfort in knowing he is now in his heavenly home, free of pain and suffering. Frank would want to thank his wonderful healthcare workers who took care of him many times over the years during times in the hospital.
Frank Estes is survived by his siblings, Daniel, Donna, Steve, Chris, Nancy, daughter Paula and son-in-law Ryan, 4 grandchildren- Benjamin, Madyson, Kylee, Connor, Wanda, stepson Brian, stepdaughters Susan and Stacy, stepsons Pisay and Vongsai, many step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Frank wished no services and final resting place will be at Mountain View Cemetary in Reno, Nevada.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” | Philippians 4:6-7