In memoriam: Frank Sturzl
Frank Joseph Sturzl, Jr.
Frank Joseph Sturzl, Jr. was born in Pipestone, Minnesota, on October 10, 1945, to Frank Joseph Sturzl, Sr. and Helen Audrey (Hansen) Sturzl. Awaiting Frank in a small two-bedroom home were five sisters. A sixth sister had died before Frank was born, and a seventh sister was born in 1952. He had no brothers. Frank always said it took many years for him to realize how fortunate he was to have been surrounded in his formative years by these strong, capable, and talented young women.
After graduating from Pipestone High School in 1963, Frank went to college in California. This initial attempt at higher education was an abject failure. In less than a year, he was no longer in college (he had been asked to leave), he was without a job, and he faced the certainty that he would soon be drafted.
In 1964, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, a decision he later described as the most transformative event of his life. After basic training, Frank was sent to intensive language training at Indiana University, where he studied the Russian language for ten months. Following language school, he spent nearly three years overseas as an active participant in the Cold War. He was then transferred to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, where he was an instructor until his discharge in 1972.
Frank immediately enrolled at Angelo State University where he majored in government. After graduating from ASU in 1974, he was fortunate enough to be accepted at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He received his Masters Degree in Public Affairs in 1976.
After a short tenure with a consulting firm, Frank went to work for the Texas Municipal League where he stayed for 31 years. He was the TML executive director for 22 years, from 1988 until 2010, when he retired from the League. Frank always maintained that the League's many successes during his tenure as executive director were attributable to the diligence and brilliance of the TML staff and that any failures were his and his alone.
Frank didn't stay in retirement; he immediately went to work for HillCo Partners, an Austin-based government relations firm with which he was proudly affiliated for seven years.
Throughout his career, he worked to prevent the Texas Legislature from destroying Texas cities and depriving local voters of their right to govern themselves.
He is survived by his wife Brenda Lynn Sturzl, his best friend and eternal love. He is also survived by his son Bart Henry Sturzl and wife Becky of Austin; Brenda's three daughters, Lisa Kirk, Christie Morris, and Melanie Kirk. Frank is also survived by four of his sisters and by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, his most precious jewels.
Obitutary from Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes