Robert Franklin “Frank” Fairchild, 73, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. Formerly of the Champion community in Wilkes County, he was the son of Robert Paul Fairchild and Ruth Ailene Ferguson Fairchild.
After graduating from West Wilkes High School, Frank joined the U.S. Navy to serve in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. While on assignment to southeast Idaho, Frank met and married Patricia “Pat” Larsen, of Ririe, Idaho, on Oct. 19, 1966. Their marriage was solemnized on May 6, 1976, in the Idaho Falls Temple. While in the military, they lived in Idaho, Virginia, Connecticut, South Carolina and Florida. Before his military retirement in 1985, Frank rose to the rank of machinist mate senior chief while serving onboard ballistic missile submarines. Frank and Pat called Wilkes County home for several years as they traveled around the nation while working in commercial nuclear power plants. Frank was a particularly talented instructor of health physics, as memorialized by so many of his former students.
Frank is survived by his loving wife; their three sons, Robert F. “Bob” (Pam) Fairchild II of Patterson, Calif., Brian S. (Juli) Fairchild of Columbia, Mo., and Gregory R. (Taryn) Fairchild of Springfield, Va.; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Seth Fairchild and Jonathan Fairchild.
Raised in the Baptist church, Frank joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an adult. Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Eckersell Funeral Home in Rigby, Idaho. The family will visit with friends in the hour prior, from 3 to 4 p.m. Interment will be at a later time in Davis Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery in Wilkesboro.
Family and friends are invited to share thoughts and memories with the Fairchild family via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations on Frank’s behalf to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at https://msfocus.org/Donate.aspx would be appreciated.