On Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 2013, surrounded by his family at Banner Medical Center in Gilbert, Ariz., Frank (Larry) passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 19, 1936, to Marie and Bill Walls, who preceded him in death. Frank (Larry) joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 and served at numerous duty stations throughout the United States. He retired from the Navy in 1977 as a Master Chief Machinery Repairman. During the following several years he owned and managed his own business, Metal Assemblers, Inc. In 1999 he retired from the City of Orlando in Florida.
Frank (Larry) was often referred to as a mechanical wizard - he could build and repair most anything and loved building custom dirt bikes, racing, and various motorsports. Frank (Larry) married Rose Anna Madden in August 1957. They parted as friends in 1996.
In addition to Rosie, he is survived by their two daughters, Terri Walls Ford (Wayne) of Bradenton, Fla., and Diana Walls Kizer (Rob) of Plymouth, Fla.; and three wonderful grandchildren, Catherine Clifton, Robert Kizer and Natalie Kizer. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Suzette Marie Walls. He is survived by Marge Yanyecic Walls whom he married in October 1999, in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and three step-children, Karin Yanyecic Glascock (Dave) of Orlando, Fla., Mark Yanyecic of Orlando, Fla., Stephen Yanyecic of (Susan) Colorado Springs, Colo., and three step-grandchildren, Rhianna, Bailey, and Jaxson. Frank is the beloved brother of William J. Walls (Lou) of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Jack Walls (Debbie) of Green Valley, Ariz., and had two nieces and a nephew. Frank was an active member of the American Legion Post 4 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1407 in Globe, Ariz., where he most recently served as Quarter Master and Honor Guard Commander. A Memorial service was held on Sept. 4, 2013 in Globe, Ariz. Donations may be made in Frank’s name to VFW Post 1704, PO Box 267, Globe, AZ 85502. An additional Memorial service will be held in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 27, 2013. The details will be forthcoming.