Obituary- Francis J. Makley |

Obituary- Francis J. Makley

Services will be Friday, June 8, for former South Lake Tahoe civic leader Francis J. Makley, who died June 4, 2001, at Carson-Tahoe Hospital, Carson City, Nev., four days after suffering a stroke. He was 80.

Mr. Makley was born on Dec. 16, 1920, at Lima, Ohio. He served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marines, fighting in the Pacific Islands in World War II. He moved to South Tahoe and established Sierra Tahoe Insurance Agency in 1959. He was a Lake Tahoe Unified School board member from 1963 to 1969, serving two terms as board president. During his tenure Meyers Elementary School and South Tahoe High School were built. He was instrumental in the incorporation of the city of South Lake Tahoe, leading the petition drive and serving on the organizing committee.

Mr. Makley was involved in the community’s youth sports programs, coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and helping build Todd Field’s baseball field. Health problems caused him to leave Lake Tahoe in 1982. He resided in Gardnerville, Nev., for the last 12 years.

Mr. Makley is survived by his wife, Dorothy Makley; daughter Martha (Sam) Makley, of San Diego, Calif.; sons Dan Makley of Gardnerville, Mike Makley of Woodfords, Calif.; and Kevin Makley of San Jose, Calif.; brother Lou Makley of Fresno, Calif.; sisters Eleanor Harrington and Louise Makley, both of Los Angeles, and Ruth Beckwith of Palm Springs, Calif.; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at St. Gall’s Catholic Church, Gardnerville.

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