Franklin Earl Rogers

Franklin Earl Rogers, of Centennial, Colo., passed away on Aug. 3, 2023. He was 79 years old.

Frank, as he was known by friends and family, was born to Jesse and Jessie Rogers on Jan. 30, 1944, in Culver City, Calif. His family moved to Del Norte, Colo., in 1946, where he grew up enjoying the outdoors with his parents, younger brother Steve, and younger sisters, Dianne and Pam.

A naturally gifted athlete, Frank was a four-sport star in high school, setting school records in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He also played the tuba in the marching band, and worked part-time at the local pharmacy, Adams Drug. It was his talent for football and baseball that led to Frank’s opportunity to attend the University of Colorado in 1962.

While attending college, Frank excelled on the football field as well as in the School of Pharmacy. Under coach Eddie Crowder, Frank played kicker, wide receiver, and defensive back.  He was named Co-MVP of the team at the conclusion of the 1965 season. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1966. After spending one season with the team, Frank decided to return to school to finish his degree.

Frank was hired as a pharmacist by Walgreens in 1968, where he spent his entire working career (45 years) with the company. Frank retired in 2013.

His passion for sports never waned, however, coaching his children’s little league teams, playing golf, and enjoying hiking and distance running throughout his adult life. Frank always treasured his Colorado roots, as well as his time spent with family and friends.

Frank is survived by his three children, Mark, Chris, and Megan, his six grandchildren, and his siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Jessie.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.