FRANKLIN LEIVAN

 

Frank Leivan, age 75, passed away December 24, 2021, at his home near Golden City, Missouri.
 
Frank was born May 28, 1946, at the family farm, Frog Holler, to Roscoe and Elva Lena (Mabee) Leivan. Frank graduated from Lamar High School in 1963, and then joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Frank served on aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge for two tours during Vietnam. He was very proud of his military service.
 
After completing his time in the Navy and returning to the Lamar area, Frank fell in love with a former high school classmate and made Mary Ann Boman his wife on August 24, 1968. Frank earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1971 from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He also became a father in 1971 to his son, Steve. The three moved to Riverside, California where Frank worked as a Systems Analyst for U.S. Navy Fleet Missile Systems. Daughter Stephanie joined the family in 1974 and in 1976 they relocated to Jefferson City, Missouri where Frank opened L&S Cycle, dealer of Hodaka motorcycles. They later relocated back to his birthplace, Frog Holler, where he operated Wee Cool & Heat, raised cattle, enjoyed feeding his catfish, working on his metal building, spending time with his favorite pup "Ozzie" and being at his farm.
 
Frank is well known for promoting dirt bike racing events for over 40 years through the creation of both the Missouri Hare Scrambles Championship and Midwest Off Road Events (MORE) series. One of his greatest joys was traveling all around the United States supporting his son Steve's racing career. They spent most every weekend for nearly 50 years racing, riding, working on trails, and talking about their dirt bike adventures.
 
Frank's most prized possessions were his family. He loved them all fiercely. He was a wonderful husband, an incredible dad, a devoted and proud Papa, the best man they knew. He bragged about them every chance he got and went out of his way to make their lives better every single day.
 
Frank never met a stranger and always had a story to share. He had done it all - hitchhiked across the country, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, land sailed, even was a square dance caller. He had the blue-ist eyes, the best singing voice and the softest feet. He lived every part of the dash between 1946 and 2021.
 
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann, son Steve, daughter Stephanie, son-in-law Jarod, grandsons Colton and CJ, three sisters: Mary Ann Wade, Clara Bell McDonald, and Leona Camp and one brother, Roger Leivan.
 
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: JR, Alvin and Derald Leivan.
 
Military Rites will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Daniel Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 5:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
 
Contributions can be made payable to the Golden City Fire Department in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
 
Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com
 

Comments  

#14 Laamar, MO.Alan Washburn 2021-12-30 20:58
Frank as such a nice person to be around. He always had an interesting story. The family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.
#13 Ozark moKreg & Cindy Simons 2021-12-30 16:18
Mary Ann Steve and Stephanie we are so sorry for your family loss. We can't make visitation but are sending prayers to the family. Frank and dad are talking Hodaka'a, dirt bikes and cattle also smiling a lot while doing that. Hope you can find comfort in that Frank did and shared a lot with everyone.
Prayers
#12 Ozark MoKreg & Cindy Simons 2021-12-30 13:24
Mary Ann, Stephanie and Steve we are so sorry for your loss. Sorry we can't attend visitation, but praying for you guys. Frank and my dad are talking Hodaka's, dirt bikes and cows I am sure of it..
Remember the good times you guys had a lot of them with your Frank
#11 Derby, KSJohn Humphrey 2021-12-30 08:35
Linda and I share our condolences with Mary Ann, Steve, Stephanie, and the entire family. Frank leaves a legacy of a life lived to the fullest. It quite simply doesn’t get any better than that.

Godspeed, Frank.
#10 California MOKent&Courtney Hees 2021-12-30 01:29
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. We have so many great memories with our kids at the dirt bike races. We will be thinking and praying for your family.
#9 Ozark,MoBrandon Hall 2021-12-29 23:57
So sorry, praying for the family.
#8 arnold ,mosteve hemann 2021-12-28 13:58
god speed frank
#7 Prescott, ArizonaBarry Horning 2021-12-28 01:44
So very sad to learn of Franks passing. He and his brother, and their buddy Denny spent a fair amount of time at our house in San Diego when they were in the navy.....and having them there was always a joy. Thinking back, Mom might have argued that point a bit, but if so, not by much.

Frank was easy to like and respect. You could count on his word and for his support if you needed it. It was a privilege to know him.

Mary Ann, Steve and Stephanie I am so sorry
#6 FloridaKathy 2021-12-28 01:12
Frank you will be missed by many,and remembered by many with a smile.
Always a story to be told. And a laugh to be had. Our deepest condolences to you all..
Ride in paradise...
#5 Ca, RamonaJan Morgan 2021-12-27 23:05
Dear Leivan family, my heart and prayers go out to you. We wish we could be with you. Jan Horning Morgan

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