Jack Fritz Schranz


Jack Fritz Schranz, 66, of Payson, died April 11, 2006 at Hospice House in Payson after an 11-month battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 17, 1939 on a dairy farm in Tillamook, Oregon.

Mr. Schranz spent teenage summers at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, after which he moved to Hawthorne, Calif. He won first place in the Southern California Vocal Association, and attended USC as a voice major. He opened and operated an air conditioning service company in Beaverton, Ore. He invented and manufactured a salt water ice maker for the fishing industry. He moved to Payson in 2004 and attended the First Church of the Nazarene. He was a choir director, a member of the Kiwanis board, and a member of the Literacy board.

Mr. Schranz is survived by his wife, June Elizabeth Schranz of Payson; his mother, Annetta Maxine Schranz of Forest Grove, Ore.; daughters: Yvonne M. (Chris) Gamelgaard of Tigard, Ore.; Melissa A. (Rick) Richards of Gilbert; Lisa (Claus) Mersch of Schloss Holte/Stukenbrock, Germany; sons: David R. (Rhonda) Schranz of Litchfield Park; Paul A. (Patty) Schranz of Wasilla, Alaska; Mark F. (Barbara) Schranz of Hillsboro, Ore.; sister, Debra (Ron) Van Roekel of Hillsboro, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fritz Schranz.

A memorial service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Donations may be made to RTA Hospice House in Payson.

An online guest book is available at www.messingerpayson.com.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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