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Erich Max Franz '69

Erich Max Franz peacefully passed away at his home in Everett, WA on Friday, March 8, 2013 after a short illness.

Erich was born in Seattle, WA to Maxine and Richard Franz on January 7, 1946. The family later moved to Wisconsin where he attended school. He obtained his B.A. in political science from Antioch College, his M.S. in urban studies and M.B.A. in gerontology at the University of Wisconsin, and a certificate in accounting at the University of Washington.

He had many important positions in his career which spanned from 1969 as a Housing Relocation Advisor to Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1986, he relocated to Seattle to work for Boeing. He retired in 2001 to pursue his vision of traveling and pursuing his civic interests.

Erich was a kind and generous man, sharing his time and talents with many organizations, including his Condo Association Board as member and past president., establishing the Westmont Neighborhood Association, serving on the Everett Board of Parks Commissioners at the request of the City Council, the Everett Council of Neighborhoods, the Human Needs Advisory Committee, 2025 Mayors Vision Team with the Economic Development Council.

He was always the first to fill a need like moving and relocating the artifacts and documents for the Snohomish County Historical Museum after a fire. Erich loved his family and friends; his heart was huge and his grin welcoming. As a bibliophile, he was ready to share his latest good book or do anything to make the world a better place.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine; sister, Emily; former wife, Jo Poulsen; and sister-in-law, Cheri Harding. He is survived by his loving wife, Nola; his father, Richard Franz of New Berlin, Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Philip White; four step-sons, Dave (Angie) Erik Poulsen, Chris (Deana) and Matt (Sarai) Fulton; a step-daughter, Angela (Dave) McCabe; and sister-in-law, Corrin (Randy) Seilham; many step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson. A private celebration of Erich’s life will be held. A special thank you goes out to Hospice of Snohomish County.