In Loving Memory of Frank S Rose

Frank walking toward the light. Photo by Owen Rose

A Memorial Celebration of Life was held on Monday, October 26



Rev. Frank S. Rose, age 93, died peacefully surrounded by family on 10/15/20. Frank is known to many in Tucson as the retired pastor of Sunrise Chapel, a renowned watercolor artist, accomplished lecturer, and avid hiker. Born September 11, 1927, near Philadelphia, Frank was the 9th of 12 children of Don and Marjorie Rose. He served in the army for a year and a half just after WWII ended. After acting as pastor of churches in England and Canada, he moved to Tucson in 1982, where he established Sunrise Chapel on Wrightstown Road. Painting was a beloved hobby all his life. He was a member and past president of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. After he retired, Frank turned his eye to the flowers he saw on hikes on Mt. Lemmon as subject matter for his paintings and photographs. With help from botanists but with no formal training, he became enough of an authority on the local flora to publish popular field guides to the wildflowers and trees of the Santa Catalina mountains. Frank had a positive impact on an extraordinarily large number of people, including participants in his uplifting church services, camps, and classes, the hundreds of couples whose weddings he performed, the people whose homes he beautified with his art, and the nature lovers whom he helped to identify a plant or to see it in a new way. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Louise Rose, his children Jonathan Rose (Kristin), Alan Rose (Lesilee), Elizabeth Zeno (Mike), Jeremy Rose (Carol), and Owen Rose (Susan), 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Watch the memorial service with this link to the Sunrise Chapel You Tube Channel

Watch the archive of the service with the link above or search on You Tube for our channel “Sunrise Chapel Livestream.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Zoom “reception” immediately after the memorial service.

The online reception was wonderful, with many family and friends joining to visit, tell stories, and share from the heart. It was a testament to Frank’s love of connecting with people an encouraging meaningful listening. The gathering was another heartwarming message of love to Frank’s wife, Louise, and their children and grandchildren. Thank you for participating!

The Zoom reception was only a live event, and was not recorded for viewing afterwards.

Thank you especially to Kelly Woofenden, a very good friend of the family, for expertly hosting the reception which included over 70 devices at the peak and lasted almost 4 hours.

Share your tribute, story, or memory!

These days there are many online methods to share love and thoughts. Louise and family treasure your messages and are so grateful to hear from each one of you.

On this site we have set up a central location for anyone to share thoughts about your connection with Frank. You can check out what others have said by clicking here.

Use this link to go to a form to add your tribute, story, or memory.

Share photos or videos!

The family would love to see any photos or videos you have of Frank. You can email them to [email protected] If you need assistance sharing a large video, feel free to request help at that email address.

Gifts in Frank’s honor

Some people have kindly asked about a way to honor Frank with a gift. The family suggests donating to his beloved church, Sunrise Chapel. The treasurer, William (Bill) Smith, gratefully accepts donations in several ways:

  • Checks to “Sunrise Chapel” sent to 8421 E Wrightstown Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715
  • Electronic transfers from a bank account
  • Donations via PayPal through our website.

You can designate your donation as “unrestricted” or direct it to a special interest such as the endowment fund.

Any donations in honor of Frank will be matched one-to-one – up to $10,000 – thanks to a generous donor and former member of Sunrise Chapel.

Sunrise Chapel is a tax-exempt corporation in Arizona.

Questions? Contact the treasurer, Bill Smith at [email protected]