Frank Jerry Flauto
Frank Jerry Flauto (LTCretired) of San Marcos, passed away peacefully at his home on July 16, 2014, surrounding by his loving family. A beloved and cherished husband, father, brother and grandfather, he was born to the late Angelo Jerry and Jennie Flauto, in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 14, 1943.
Frank attended Maple Heights High School in Cleveland before joining the Army in 1968. While stationed at Fort Hood between 1968 and 1970,
he met his future bride Jenny Lee Edge. Frank served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, specializing in field artillery. His service earned him a Bronze Medal Star for Meritorious Service in which he was cited for his “dedication” and “ability to gain rapport.” He and Jenny married in Royse
City on June 11, 1972.
Receiving a BA in history and political science from Ohio University in 1972, Frank continued his military career, which was largely spent in
Latin American countries like Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. While in Venezuela, he attended the School of the Americas.
In 1980, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He returned briefly to Ohio University to complete a Masters degree in international relations
in 1985 before becoming the Chair of Military Science at his alma mater in 1988. When Frank retired from the Army in 1992, he was presented
the Legion of Merit Award for exceptionally meritorious service where he was commended on his “demand for excellence and being a positive role
model.” Stepping down from his teaching position that year, he remained at Ohio University to complete his PhD in Organizational Communication in 1994.
Frank and Jenny moved to San Marcos in 1995, where he taught Speech Communication at Southwest Texas State University. Over the next
10 years, he would work as the International Business Manager for the City of Austin and the Director of International Programs at Austin Community College, where he worked tirelessly to raise scholarships for students who wished to study abroad. He retired again in 2009.
A natural leader and enthusiastic community member, Frank was actively involved in Kiwanis (where he was a past-president) and Boy
Scouts. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, serving as lay leader, and as part of the United Methodist Men, Upper Room Sunday School Class and other committees at Church. In his retirement, Frank served as President of the Board of the Campus
Christian Community (now UCM-Wesley). He was committed and passionate about his ministry with the college students, stopping
by daily to visit with students needing support.
Frank is survived by his wife Jenny Lee Flauto; his daughter Holly Salmon and son-in-law Kevin Chong, of Vancouver, BC, and his son Angelo
Flauto and daughter-in-law Jami of Whitinsville, Mass.; his grandchildren Joseph Salmon and Ryan, Adam and Emily Flauto; his siblings, Marilyn Vlah, Joseph Flauto, Donna Mroczka and Jerry Flauto, and their respective spouses; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at the UCMWesley/Christ Chapel, 510 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos. Interment to follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to UCM-Wesley, and the memorial fund at the First United Methodist Church,
The family would like to express their gratitude to friends and family, and offer a special thank you to CTMC hospice for their dedicated care and
compassion during these last few weeks.
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, (512) 353- 4311.