Class of 1959
Logansport High School
Logansport, Indiana

Frank Patrick Parente
September 25, 1941 - May 11, 1991

The LHS Class of ’59 was blessed with an unusually large number of gifted musicians.  One of the finest of this elite group was Frank Parente.

He found sweet sounds on just about any kind of saxophone and clarinet.
We were fortunate to hear his work not only in the LHS Band, Swing Band, Orchestra, Winter Fantasy & Key Klub Kapers, but with many of the better area dance bands – including his own.  As classmates may recall, Frank also participated in Hi-Y, Latin Club, Student Council, Senior Board, Music Club and played on the golf team.  But music was his forte.  Perhaps it was the song in his heart that enabled him to lift everyone’s spirits with his hearty ‘Hello’, his shining smile, and the twinkle in his eyes.

Frankie was Music Director and a Teacher at Fremont High School in Fremont, Indiana, and passed away on May 11, 1991.
 


The following from the Pharos Tribune archives, May 15, 1991.

     FORT WAYNE — Private services were held Tuesday at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Logansport, Indiana, for Frank Patrick Parente, Jr., 49, Angola, Ind.
     He died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday in Cameron Hospital in Angola.
     Born Sept. 25, 1941, in Logansport, he was the son of Frank Sr. and Doris E. Little Parente.
     He had lived in the Angola community for 10 years.
     He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport.
     Surviving are his mother, of Angola; and two brothers, John R., West Lafayette, and Robert J., Logansport.
     The Rev. David Newton officiated at the service.
Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Fremont High School music department.
MAY 11, 1991

The following note was added on the findagrave site:

"Our beloved "Mr.P"...talented saxophonist, pianist, band director, friend and confidant. His gentle and patient ways are everlasting in the memories of his students who loved him." The leader of the band is tired, And his eyes are growing old; But his blood runs through my instrument, And his song is in my soul."
- Mr.P's favorite tubaist"  (11-23-11)

Information gathered by Leon Whiteman