SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Franklin John Mitchell Slavensky, age 75, of Sacramento, Calif., passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010.
Frank was born on May 8, 1935, in Helper. Frank married his high school sweetheart, Althea Morgan and they had six children. He worked as a ''rough neck'' for El Paso Natural Gas Company, until 1959, when he moved his family to Sacramento, where he worked as a plumber.
In 1974, he and Rupert Smith founded Aircon Energy, which specialized in energy management and mechanical system maintenance and repair, retrofitting hundreds of buildings throughout Northern California to reduce energy usage over the next 20 years. His passion for this cause even led to a brief partnership with the film star John Wayne in an enterprise to promote energy conservation.
In the early '80s, Frank discovered and patented a bacteria that was used for cleaning up petrochemicals, which led to the founding of Jeru Ecology in 1991; he spent the last two decades of his life cleaning up oil spills.
His last investment was in Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville, Calif.
He is survived by his amazing dedicated and supportive wife of 57 years, Althea, and by his children: Mitch (Char) and son Anson; Scott (Kerry) and sons Derek and Brett; Dave (Lori); Christine Costi (Mark) and sons Justin and Chance; Bill (Betsy) and children Jane, Katie and Matt; Mike and his children Ashlee, Andy, and Aimee. And new to the family is great-granddaughter Lexy. Frank was preceded in death by his brother Bill Pace. He will be missed by his surviving brother Bob and wife Marie.
Many nieces and nephews not mentioned here however not forgotten, along with his extended family and friends throughout the country.
Frank was an incredible person who enjoyed everyone he met and became friends with many of his business associates. He was known as an honest and incredibly hard working man who would do anything for his family and friends. He started with nothing and worked hard to become successful. Despite being successful, he was very frugal and preferred a simple life around family and friends.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of life at ''Frank's Place'' at the family residence in Sacramento at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Franklin Slavensky Scholarship Fund, www.universaleducationfoundation.com.
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