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01/21/1935 - 09/15/2022
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Our cherished father, husband, grandfather, and friend Frank David Lucky passed away September 15, 2022. Frank is survived by his wife Barbara Lucky of El Paso; daughter Cecily Miller, and granddaughter, Marilyn Miller, both of Lubbock; and his younger brother Roland Lucky of El Paso, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his and Barbara’s beloved son, Carson Lucky in 2011, and by his parents Clarence Lucky and Mary Pearl Lucky of Ysleta, as well as his siblings Tom Lucky, Gladys Millican, Billy Ray Lucky, Harlan Lucky, and Dorothy Elliott.
Frank was born in Granger, Texas January 21, 1935. After World War II, his family moved to El Paso County to join older brother Tom, where their parents operated the C.C. Lucky Gulf Oil service station in downtown Ysleta for many years. Frank and his brothers Bill and Harlan, worked together in the Ysleta station in the 50s, where the entire Lucky family became well-known and well-liked members of that community.
Frank attended Ysleta High School and after graduating he served honorably in the United States Army, including training at Fort Ord, California before completing an overseas assignment in Guam with a combat engineering detachment.
After Frank’s discharge from the Army and following the death of their father in the early 60s, Frank, Harlan and Bill opened the successful Eastwood Texaco station, and he would later open and successfully operate his own business at the Shell Oil station on McCrae Boulevard near Interstate 10. Many years later he opened his Frank Lucky Auto repair shop near the intersection of Edgemere and Yarbrough where he continued to serve thousands of customers over several decades.
As a mechanic and a friend Frank made a lasting impression on his many loyal customers from the Lower Valley and throughout East El Paso during more than 70 years of dedicated service to his friends and clientele who trusted him and his work. One of Frank’s longtime customers and friends recently marked Frank’s passing with a Facebook posting that aptly noted “he cared more about you than your car.”
In Frank’s early years, he enjoyed fishing, sponsored and supported many local race car drivers in the sport he loved, and spent time with his son Carson and daughter Cecily in the Red Sands desert on many a Sunday afternoon. His big yellow Jeep Wagoneer covered many thousands of miles, going to the Gila to fish for trout with Carson and friends, picking up stranded customers all over the area, shuttling parts to get customers’ cars fixed just in time, and occasionally on a date with Barbara for dinner at Julio’s, or Frankie’s or some other familiar place. He will be missed by many in this community, not just his family.
Frank’s immediate family would like to thank his loyal friends and family who spent time visiting and caring for Frank over the past several months. We also want to thank those kind doctors, nurses and support staff of Providence East, Monte Vista, Mountain View, and Sierra who took care of Frank during these last three months. The support and compassion of our friends, extended family and healthcare professionals during this difficult time cannot go unmentioned
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in the memory of Frank Lucky to a law enforcement or veteran service organization of your choice.
Visitation will be on September 26,2022 at 11:00 am at San Jose Funeral Home, located at 10950 Pellicano Dr., phone 915-590-8700, followed by graveside service at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Cemetery East, located at 12400 East Montana, phone 915-855-4007.