Franz's Son, Robert, Before The ServiceFranz's Grandchildren:  Jade (left) and CorbinA Silent SaxFranz's Daughter, Michelle, and Judi KHonoring Franz......From Left:  Charlie Gabriel (sax), Charlie Smith (clar), Marcus Belgrave (trpt), Chris Carani (bass), Yves Francois (trpt), Robert Cousins (drums)Honoring Franz......From Left:  Charlie Gabriel (sax), Charlie Smith (clar), Marcus Belgrave (trpt), Darrel Tidaback (bass), Yves Francois (trpt), Robert Cousins (drums)Yves Francois at the Wood Fire Following The ServiceYves Francois (front), Marcus Belgave and Joan Bow-Belgrave at Wood FireCharlie Gabriel (sax) Takes a Solo as Marcus Belgrave (left) and Yves Francois Look OnFranz's Daughter, Michelle, with Billy Nicks and Yves Francois At The Wood Fire Following The ServiceChris Carani Serenades The RoomLisa RotiCharlie Gabriel (sax), Marcus Belgrave (left) and Yves FrancoisCharlie Smith Takes A Solo with Jim Pickley on PianoJoan Bow-Belgrave Belts Out "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" to A Very Appreciative Crowd
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A fabulous reception followed at The Wood Fire Trattoria in Dowagiac, ending the day with more music, great food and camaraderie.  Franz would not have wanted anyone to mourn him taking his next journey and while there were certainly tears that day, the ovewhelming feeling was love and joy as we remembered the man who touched us all so profoundly in so many ways.

Special thanks to everyone who came to Franz's memorial but especially to the following for their extraordinary contributions:

McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, Apostolic Lighthouse Church, The Wood Fire Trattoria, Marcus Belgrave, Joan Bow Belgrave, Chris Carani, Robert Cousins, Charlie Gabriel, Yves Francois, Judi K, Otto Kubik, Jr., Terry Martin, Billy Nicks, Lisa Roti, Jim Pickley, Charlie Smith, Darrel Tidaback, Brad Yazel and Van Young.
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"What A Wonderful........Man"

Remembering Franz Jackson
November 1, 1912 - May 6, 2008
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Franz's life was celebrated in memorium on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Dowagiac, Michigan. 

People came from from as far away as Illinois, Wisconsin and New York to be a part of remembering Franz.

The service was just as he would have wanted:  filled with music, memories and celebration of a life so well lived.
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Franz Jackson:  A Short Version of A Long Life

A brief slideshow encapsulating Franz's life and career that was shown during his memorial service. 
Produced and narrated by his daughter, Michelle Jewell.

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