Frank Lee, 78, of Farmington, New Mexico departed peacefully to his heavenly home on December 12, 2022. Frank was born in Red Valley, Arizona on March 30, 1944, to Phillip Lee and Mary Begay Lee. He was a member of the Dine' Nation.
As a young boy, Frank lived with his grandparents in Red Valley where he attended grade school. In 1958 to 1962 he attended Intermountain Inter-tribal High School in Brigham City, Utah receiving a certificate in Auto Mechanics. Frank later completed his high school education in 1968 at South Francisco Adult School in California. He attended John A. O'Connell School of Technology to earn his welding certification. Other certifications earned by Frank were a certified journeyman electrician, certified boiler operator, and licensed locksmith. One of Frank's first jobs was in the shipyards of South San Francisco Bay. His later employment included the Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs where he retired after 26 years of service.
Preceding Frank in death are his mother Mary Begay Lee; father Phillip Lee; son-in-law Stanley Tom Jr.; and sisters Jessie Charleston, and Margaret Lee. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Lee; daughters Darlene Lee and Deborah Lee Tom, and grandson Jesse C. L. Tom; and siblings Bessie Kee, Rev. William D. Lee, and Cecelia Lee, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frank enjoyed studying his Bible, watching old western movies, and loved to tell stories of his upbringing in Red Valley, Arizona where he would herd sheep and help his grandparents at their sheep camp. He was an avid horse lover and fulfilled a lifelong dream of raising and training quarter horses in Shiprock, New Mexico. In 1995, he was made lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Frank was a beloved husband to Rose, dad to Darlene and Debi, and Papa to Jesse. He will forever be in our hearts, never too far in our memories, and always dearly loved. May he rest in forever peace.