01/22/1944 - 01/08/2022

David Lynn Frohnapfel, 77, of Gilbert, AZ passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 at home with family by his side.

Dave was born January 22, 1944 in Columbus, OH, to Hugh and Alta Frohnapfel. He grew up participating in many sports and playing with friends on The Mound in Moundsville, WV. After returning from the Navy, Dave married Sally Kay Downs on July 11, 1970. The couple moved from WV to Chicagoland with Dave’s job and started a family.

Most of Dave and Sally’s married life was spent in Lombard, IL. Dave transitioned from playing sports, to coaching his son and daughter in multiple activities, and then proudly watching his grandchildren participate in many sports. Dave loved following competitive sports and could often be heard from the sidelines. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and grew to love the Fighting Illini basketball team from the University of Illinois.

Dave enjoyed taking his family on road trips throughout the United States. The couple loved their beach days and spent vacation time in Michigan, South Carolina, and Florida. Dave and Sally relocated to Arizona in early 2021.

Dave is survived by his wife; two children, Brian (Jodi) Frohnapfel, Chatham, NJ; Leslie (Brian) Boston, Gilbert, AZ; five grandchildren, Emma Frohnapfel, Carly Frohnapfel, Madison Frohnapfel, Mia Boston, and Brock Boston. In addition, Dave is survived by his younger siblings; Rick Frohnapfel, Sharon Freeman, and Ed Frohnapfel.

In remembrance of Dave’s life the family asks that any charitable donations be made to one of Dave and Sally’s favorite places, The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. https://mortonarb.org


  • Jeff and Judy Kammes

    Sally, Leslie and Brian we were so saddened about Dave Passing. We both felt Dave was a great friend. Our favorite place is Morton Arboretum too. Sally glad you are by Leslie – thinking of you lots. Love Jeff and Judy

  • Dave was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Always helpful we miss both he and Sally.

  • Jeanette Capaldi

    Dearest Sally and family.
    Dave was such a great family man and loved his grandchildren. He will be missed by all. Sending my condolences and prayers. Much love, Jeanette Capaldi

    Sending my sincere condolences and prayers.

  • Jim and Linda Tyree

    Our love to you, Sally, and your family. Dave was such a sweet man, and a fun loving neighbor and friend. We are very saddened by his passing, keeping you in our prayers.

  • Betsy Taylor Tagg

    Dear Sally and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy, love and prayers during this difficult time. May the Lird put his arms around you all
    Much love
    Betsy Taylor Tagg

  • Sally and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Edward and Lisa Stasch and Family

    Dave was such a good man. He was always kind to me and my whole family. I will remember fondly working at his house on some electric and having him right behind me the whole time, Just chatting away. He was one of a kind. I will miss him. HO HO.

  • Jean Jacobson (Koykar)

    Sally, Brian and Leslie i am so sorry for your loss of your dad. He was an amazing man. I know its been years since ive seen all of you but have so many memories of him and your family. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Sally, Leslie, and Brian, I was so sad to hear about Uncle Dave’s passing. He had such a big, joyful personality with a smile that lit up any room. He will be missed! So very sorry for your loss. Love and hugs to you all.

  • Katie Frohnapfel Galloway & Drew Galloway

    Sending all of our love and sympathy. Every memory I have is one of him smiling. Thank you for always being so kind and welcoming to me, Uncle Dave- I will miss you! Big hugs to Aunt Sally, Leslie, Brian & family

  • I am so deeply saddened for all of you for having lost your husband, brother and grandfather. My heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to all of you.I 🙏🙏🙏❤ Marti Coen Muldrew

  • My heart and prayers are offered to all of Dave’s loved ones. It’s not in our power to know when we will be called home, but I know heaven is finding new joy in receiving Dave. Love to all. Becky Dugas

  • So sorry to lose you. Didn’t see you often, but remember our days as kids…playing in snow, etc. In WV. I’ll miss you. So sorry Sally, Leslie,Brian & families.

  • John "Jack" Moore

    Sally, Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I was his grade school friend who played on the mound with him almost
    on a daily basis. He lived on 10th Street between Tomlinson and Morton Avenues and I lived at 10th and Lafayette Avwnue. We visited his father’s car lot at 11th and Lafayette every day during the Summer and
    my Grandparents and Father’s bakery (Moore’s Bakery) often for donuts and maddogs. Hate to hear of his
    passing. David was a good man. Jack Moore

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