05/13/1956 - 09/19/2023
Service Date: 10/07/2023
Service Time: 3:00PM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85297

Paul N. Franquist, born May 13, 1956 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born to Donald and Barbara Franquist in Detroit, Michigan. Paul dedicated over 47 years of his life as a Nurse Case Manager who shined his light on the lives of others. He approached his work with passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment.  He left a lasting impression on the nursing profession and earned the respect of peers and colleagues by inspiring those around him to strive for greatness. As Paul would say, “Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate and don’t wait for it to happen, make it happen”.

He is survived by his brother Jon, and sister in- law Linda Franquist, sister Laurie Franquist, and brother in-law Edward Berko as well as many nieces and nephews: Whitney, Kyle, Jamie, Melissa, Lance, Chase, and Jenna, Blake, Grayson, Riley, Avery, Jameson, Lucas and Waylon. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Barbara, and siblings Donnie and Vicki.

A memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297.


  • My condolences go out to Paul’s family. He was one of my dearest friends for the last 27 years. His legacy of advocating and helping cancer patients will live on.

  • I will miss you Paul! Your smiles, encouraging words, gentle spirit and laughter. Till we meet again, rest easy friend.

  • Fly high, dear Paul, as you showed those of us at Desert how. Your leadership was exemplary. How I’ve missed our heart to heart chats. Go in peace and rest well.

  • My dearest friend, I will miss you and will love you forever. Thank you for all you fave to so many others. Thank you for being my friend, I will miss our phone calls and all the laughs. Rest in peace, until we meet again. Love Lisa.

  • Paul, I always enjoyed our talks and your caring and sense of humor. I am so sad you are no longer with us. You will be greatly missed, Rest in peace, friend 😢

  • Paul will be deeply missed! He had such a big heart and willing to help any way he could! Keeping his family in my prayers!

  • My dear friend, Paul, the world has lost a good man, friend, mentor and patient advocate, but we’re all better off for you having been with us. Rest well and we’ll all be all be along soon enough. 💗

  • Paul and I worked together while he supported our Med Surg department at Banner Desert. He was so kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. He was a gentle giant- so caring with all he served. May his family find comfort and peace through all his memories.

  • I will miss you Father Paul. Till we meet again.

  • Paul, what a privilege it was to call you a friend and coworker. You set your own standards of service so high and encouraged all others to do the same. You were always an advocate for your patients and those you cared about. You are so loved! I will miss you so very much. For your family, I pray they will have peace, healing and comfort in knowing how much love you inspired!

  • Paul was an amazing friend and coworker. He was a wealth of knowledge! He will deeply be missed!

  • Dear Paul,
    What an honor and privilege it has been to work and to know you. Paul was the consummate teammate. He had your back but always shared his knowledge with you. Til we meet again my friend. Rest knowing that Jesus Christ is our Savior.

  • It was an honor to work with Paul. He supported so many patients and their family members. I had the unique perspective to see him at work from the professional side as well as from a personal side while caring for my parents. Rest in peace Paul you will be missed and remembered forever.

  • Paul was the consummate nursing professional and practiced with integrity, due diligence and compassion. His love for his calling was demonstrated daily. I honestly don’t think he saw the job as work. Paul was the standard in case management that I hoped to attain. He was one of the most genuine and loving people that I have had the fortune to meet. Peace and love to those he left behind.

  • Paul this just breaks my heart. You’re such a good friend to me for over half of my life. 27 years of friendship. I will miss our talks and all your words of wisdom. Until we meet again.

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