Martha “Marti” Jean Frankovich 1934 ~ 2022
Marti Frankovich, age 88, passed away peacefully, with family at her side and the support of IHC Hospice and the caring nursing and doctors at St. George Regional Hospital in St. George, Utah on November 21, 2022.
While Covid-19 Pneumonia took her from us, it was exacerbated by her ongoing fight with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of dementia which took her ability to speak but not think, or to win the speed racer award with her blue 3 wheeler walker, take up painting, enjoy visits from her family & friends, brighten everyone with her smile, harass the love of her life, Tony, husband of 59 years to eat, or tap her toes to music which was the heart and soul of her life.
Marti, born in Coats, Kansas, on August 17, 1934, to Blanche and Dwight Lyman, touched the lives of thousands of children as a elementary school teacher and principal for over 30 years in the Salt Lake City School District. She was a beloved friend, mentor, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother to so many. You can read more about her life and love of music, leave a tribute, or share pictures by visiting
The family intends to have a celebration of her life and music in Salt Lake City in Spring 2023. Marti’s final resting place will be with Tony when the time comes, in his home state of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation in Marti’s name to the National Aphasia Association (
), Special Olympics (
), or Feeding America (
Her Mother, Blanche Violet Plummer Lyman and Daddy, Dwight Arthur Lyman predeceased her. Her husband, Tony; children and their spouses, Bruce (Sharon), Shannon, Mat (Mecell), Tony (Connie) and Kim; grandchildren Dana, Daniel, Anton, Victoria, Anthony IV; great grandchildren Brooklyn, Aria, Lily, Grayson, Brexton; sisters, brothers and their spouses, Kathryn (George), Helen (RIP Alan), Don (Judy) and Duane (Pat) and a number of nieces and nephews, will manage to carry on keeping the faith, raising a glass to ‘juice it up’, and tapping their toes to Marti’s favorite music until they join her again.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454.
Family and friends are invited to leave a memory on Martha’s obituary page at