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Born in Ada, Okla., to Willie Docia Thrash Heavner and Wendall Whitworth (WW) Heavner, Frank's family moved to Norman and Frank graduated from Norman High School in 1957. He married Anne Ferrell of Norman, had two children and served in the United States Marine Corps, where he earned notoriety for his boxing skills. After his stint in the Marines, Frank returned to Norman, where a now divorced Frank met and married LaDonna Pierce in May of 1964. He also was father to two children with LaDonna. Frank was a jack of many trades, owning and operating his own restaurant, Quartz Grill, which was written up in many articles for having the "best omelets" and "best chicken-fried" steak in the area. Frank also served as vice-president at First Fidelity Bank in Oklahoma City for a time and owned and operated his own car dealership in Norman.

Frank was a fighter both in strength and in spirit, battling Multiple Sclerosis for over 40 years. He was cared for in his last years by Dr. Tom Merrill and the kind and caring staff of Grace Living Center in Norman. The family is grateful for their care and support.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Franklin Monroe Heavner, Jr.

Frank is survived by sister Judy Drury and husband, Henry, of Norman, brother Craig Heavner, and wife Denise, of Norman, daughter Wendeleigh Scott Heavner West and husband, Brad of Norman; Son Christopher Bryan Heavner, his wife, Kim of Frisco, TX, and Jennifer Heavner Baker and her husband, Jay, of Norman, OK.; and by ex-wife and caregiver LaDonna Heavner.

He is also survived by loving grandchildren Bradley West and wife Ashley, of Norman; Ryan West, Jr. and wife Lluvia of Norman, Lauren (West) Robinson and her husband, Brandon Robinson of Norman; Trevor, Haley, Ashley, Avery and Tyler Heavner of Frisco, TX, and Addison and Aubrey Jane Baker of Norman, Ok. As well as multiple great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life will be held November 11th at 2 p.m. at The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Oklahoma Chapter or the charity of your choice.
Published on October 24, 2017
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