Jack A Fryxell (Frazier)
(1945 - 2012)

Jack A Fryxell (Frazier)
Nickname: Jack Frazier

Moline Illinois
December 4, 1945

Mesa Arizona
May 8, 2012

This site is dedicated to my father, Jack Fryxell, and is still being developed. My hope is that you will check back often as these pages evolve and that you will post your comments and memories as you are moved to do so.

I asked myself, "How do I write an obituary and tribute (and possible Eulogy) that does justice to what he meant to me and the lives that he touched? I need his help... now more than ever." I posed the same question "out loud" on facebook and received a smattering of wonderful suggestions and an abundant amount of support.

Then it dawned on me. What I know about my dad is through the lens of a daughter and based on our unique experiences together. There is so much more to him, the man he was, the life he lived and the lives he touched. I've already been blessed to listen as his friends have told me about a few select moments that they shared together as well as to read a handful of accounts of how he impacted their lives.

It is a gift and a treasure to honor his memory -- his legacy -- by writing his story through the lens of the many and varied people he influenced. As I prepare my version of the story of his life, I have asked several others to contribute as well. My intent is to put some of these pieces together in a way that depicts the bigger picture of the life he lived and the lives he touched.

Your written memories and stories (via the guest book) are welcome and greatly appreciated. Feel free to message me privately at RememberingJackF@gmail.com if you'd like to share something privately or offer a piece of your story to be shared as a collaborative effort.

NOTE: your email, if you choose to provide it when signing the guestbook or lighting a candle, will not be published on this site. It will be only made available to the family.


Following is the obituary published online and in the Arizona Republic on Sunday, 27 May 2012.

Jack Alan Fryxell, 66, of Mesa, AZ passed away at home on Tuesday May 8, 2012. Born in Moline, IL on December 4, 1945, he moved to Phoenix with his parents in March 1960. An ASU Alumnus, he was known professionally as Jack Frazier. His award-winning, illustrious News career included TV stations WGNX-46, WAGA-5 and WXIA-11 in Atlanta as well as KTVK-3 and KTAR-12 in Phoenix. He is survived by his daughters Onyxe Antara and Jessica Steiger, brother Ron Fryxell (Carol), nephew Eric Fryxell, niece Lara Woodard, grandsons Devin and Jayse Langdon, and great-granddaughter Norah. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at 1pm on Saturday, June 2nd at Avista Senior Living - 248 N. MacDonald Mesa, AZ. More information, including how to make a charitable donation, is available on his memorial website at www.ilasting.com/jackfryxell.php

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Guest Book (16 entries)
Jack gave me my first opportunity in TV news, hiring me to write at WAGA in Atlanta. After a few years, he and I changed jobs and he hired me again, to go on-camera at WGNX-TV. He was a mentor and a confidant, he challenged me to be better and supported good journalism. His belief in my abilities contributed to who and what I am today; going on to academically research how media affects what we believe. I like to think he'd be proud; his support always meant a great deal to me.
Laura Marshall (former employee)
December 7th, 2015
Jack loved radio and wanted to be a disk jockey.He knew all of the hit songs and their flip side as well as the recording artist and their history.He would practice disk jockey pater on a tape recorder. He worked hard at be good enough to be competitive. He went to ASU and I went into the Army. I got a lot letters from Jack during that time and so did Roy and Jerry. Roy and Jerry were in the Marine corps. Jack loved this (His and Our) Country. He was an honorable boy and man a became,as you know,a real New Man. May the good Lord bless and protect Jack's family and friends today and forever.
Michael Swader (Friend)
May 16th, 2015
It is difficult to comprehend that tomorrow will be six months since you passed from this earth plane. I see you in dreams sometimes and I miss your distinct scent and the way your eyes lit up when you smiled at me. My grief runs deep, but not nearly as deep as my love for you. Thank you for all the years we shared and for your guidance now in the moments when I can still my mind enough to listen. I love you, dad.
Onyxe Antara (daughter)
November 7th, 2012
We only met once Jack but it is through your passing and the stories from your friends that I have come to truly know you. You were focused and passionate. You loved details and precision. You brought out the best in those around you. Now I know. Now I understand where she learned to love precision. She is your greatest legacy. She models your intensity and devotion to what she loves. I am blessed to know her Thank you Jack.
MLR (Friend of Onyxe)
June 13th, 2012
Your strong words on the second day of our acquaintance, April 2, 1970 stating that you had no intention of 'baby-sitting' me and to "write your OWN newcast!" was the first real step into my becoming a bonafide broadcast/journalist. Thank you for that push off the high-dive -- it worked. I treasured your poetry, I admired your talents and I valued your steadfast friendship for these 42 years! I will miss you.
Diane Kalas (friend/colleague)
June 8th, 2012
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"Although we seldom saw one another, my Uncle Jack was my favorite Uncle and I was his favorite Neice. I cherish the memories of time spent with him and my cousin one summer long long ago. Fly with the Angels Uncle Jack"
Lara Woodard
June 3rd, 2012
"Thank you Onyxe for the heart warming tribute to your father, which reminds me to celebrate my father. He had to be a great man to have contributed in producing such a great daughter/person in you."
Tricia Thomas
June 1st, 2012
"Thank you Jack for giving me my break into "the business." Your were tough & knew your stuff. And because of that, (and the red pen), you changed my life and the lives of others. Thanks Jack. Rest with the angels.-jb"
Jonnie Banks
May 28th, 2012
"I first heard Jack giving the news on a Scottsdale radio station. I was impressed by his coverage of local news. I called him, interviewed him and offered him a job. It proved to be a good decision as Jack added much to the quality of our team./"
Ray Thompson
May 28th, 2012
"We met in 1961, married 1966 and had a beautiful daughter in 1969. Even though we went our separate ways we remained friends and have shared many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with our daughter. "I have been, and always shall be, your friend""
Jo Kay Kessler
May 27th, 2012
"As I sit to write your Tribute and obituary (and possible Eulogy), I need your guidance and wisdom more than ever. I light this candle in honor of your red pen."
Onyxe Antara
May 24th, 2012

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