Franklyn Lee Dahlberg, Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, passed from this world peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the age of 59.
Frank was born to Mary Lou and Franklyn Lee Dahlberg in Longview, Texas, on March 18, 1962. He was raised in a home filled with music. His father sang in a barbershop chorus and quartet, and at the age of 11, Frank convinced him to take him along to rehearsal with the Shreveport chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). He continued this hobby for 30 years, sang in numerous quartets, and was a founding member of the Saltaires Show Chorus in Salt Lake City, Utah. From a young age, he learned to play piano and continued throughout his life and played trumpet at Ridgewood Jr. High, Southwood High School, Louisiana Tech University, and in the 156th Army National Guard Band.
Blessed with a mechanical mind, Frank knew from a young age that he was destined to be an engineer. Growing up, he was constantly tinkering and building, and he developed a particular interest in amateur radio. He received his first ham license in high school, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1985.
Frank was a lifelong learner and was always studying something new and working on various projects. He instilled in his children the same insatiable desire for knowledge, and consistently sought out opportunities to assist the next generation in pursuing their own educational interests. He particularly enjoyed teaching young people math and engineering skills, and designed and taught classes in electronics and computer programming to his children and their friends. He encouraged and inspired many as they continued on through advanced math and engineering courses in college.
Frank’s wit was unmatched, and he found a way to include humor in almost every situation. His good-natured pranks and one-liners will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Franklyn. Frank is survived by Mary, his wife of 33 years; his mother, Mary Lou Dahlberg; his brother, Jeffrey David Dahlberg; his son, Franklyn Lee Dahlberg, III (“Trey”) and wife, Kerry; his daughter, Emily Anne Dahlberg; two granddaughters, Clare Elizabeth Dahlberg and Allison Frances Dahlberg (“Allie”); and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home in Madison, Alabama, on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 12:00pm with a memorial service to follow at 2:00pm. Interment will take place directly following the service at Huntsville Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, Frank would have loved a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.