October 5, 1977 - January 3, 2018
Frank lived with brain cancer for more than six years. He bravely faced five surgeries, three rounds of radiation and countless chemotherapies. He also volunteered for some research studies.
Frank graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Business Administration. Most recently he worked as an IT program manager for Tapfin and then Manpower until this past March when he "retired."
Frank is survived by his parents, Mare Batchelor and Allan Clark, his brother Luke (Nicole White) and sister Jo (Brent BC-Harvey). He is also survived by his grandmother and aunt Patricia as well as other aunts, uncles and cousins. He is further survived by his good friend Jeramie Winston (Erin) and the extended Winston Family.
Early in his work life Frank was a member of the Young Madison Professionals organization and once served on the social committee. He also served on the board of his condo association. Frank's condo was an historical building and he was excited to help with the renovation of the interior to enhance its functionality. He and Jeramie spent many hours deconstructing the place in preparation for the remodel. Frank's other interests included collecting comic books, creating fantasy sports teams, watching movies, reading science fiction and eating in fine restaurants.
Since his diagnosis, Frank has spent most of his free time focused on shared experiences with family. He took trips to Chicago, several national parks, hung out at Luke's cabin, vacationed in California and New Mexico and visited many local restaurants.
Frank was an avid road and mountain bicyclist for many years and rode for Team Magnus for several seasons. He even rode to his treatments until his balance was affected. Frank's treatment took a toll on his short term memory. He gravitated to watching movies from the '80s and playing video/computer games he could trace back in his long term memory. He thoroughly enjoyed his 20th West High School reunion and enjoyed chatting with friends from the class of 1996. Frank also enjoyed planning mini board game tournaments. He even taught his grandmother to play Ticket to Ride. Some tournaments lasted several days and included as many as five different games. He was the winner more often than not.
Frank's brain cancer stemmed from an oligodendroglioma tumor. This tumor is rare and his limited response to the primary treatment was also rare. He had excellent care from Drs. Baskaya, Robins, and Howard at UW Hospital and the Carbone Cancer Center. Nurses Lettie and Lori were excellent resources especially in the early days. He always praised the nursing staff of the Neuro ICU and UW Hospital & Clinics. Marilyn, Nancy and Sandra made his frequent trips to the Carbone Clinic more cheerful. The "at home" Agrace nursing team led by Nikki provided some support for Frank in his mother's home.
Brain cancer, while lately in the news, continues to lag in research resources. Donations to further brain cancer research can be made to the Carbone Neuro Oncology Research Center in Madison.
Thank you to everyone who reached out to Frank in the past few years. While he wasn't always able to respond, he knew you were thinking of him and he appreciated that. There will not be a funeral service for Frank. Instead, Frank hoped that you would get together with some friends or family for a day of whatever is fun for you. Raise a glass and remember Frank. Tell funny stories and thank him for reminding you that life can be short. Be sure to plan for shared experiences with those who mean the most to you. He'd like that.
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