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Nat Fralia

Nat Fralia

Monday June 15th, 2020
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Born at his house on Belknap Street in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov 1, 1930 Nat Fralia was the oldest child
of Jack Harry and Annie Cornelia Fralia. Growing up during the depression his first job was delivering
menus at 11 years old. His work ethic never stopped. He dropped out of Northside High school when his
family moved to Alaska. This was his first step in seeing what the world had to offer this simple kid from
Fort Worth. In 1951 he joined the Army and there his adventures began. Quoted as saying “I joined the
Army because the line for the Navy was too long” he went on the spend 22 years in the Army. First as a
Paratrooper with the 11 th Airborne, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and then as a Green Beret
with the Special Forces. The Army took him and his family on adventures all over the world. One of
those adventures was back to Fort Worth, TX where he met Martha Jan Misenhimer. The adventures
continued with the family living in Hawaii, Panama, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Laos, the simple man
from Texas saw a lot of the world. After retiring from the Army, Nat joined Air America as Security
Manager. In 1975 the US pulled out of the region which brought Nat and his family back to where it all
began. It didn’t take long for the travel bug to hit again and Nat took a job in Saudi Arabia. After all their
children graduated from high school, Martha joined him, and they set out on 20 years of traveling and
seeing the world. Living in Saudi Arabia and then retiring to Greece, Nat and Martha built a wonderful
community of friends and family all over the world. But again, home was calling, and they moved back
to Fort Worth to be with their children and grandchildren. Best known to his family as Pop, Nat shared
his loved of ice cream and chocolate with all his children and grandchildren. Although he didn’t finish
high school, education was important and Nat never stopped learning, a trait he passed down to all
generations. Many grandchildren learned poetry and literature during sleepovers and late-night bowls
of ice cream with their Papa. But it wasn’t all work with Pop, he famously let his small grandchildren
climb into this lap to drive the car or his teenage grandchildren take the wheel on a whim. While living
in Fort Worth Nat and Martha continued to travel all over the world seeing family and friends they made
during their lifetime of adventures. Nat was a tough man and after 89 years he died on his own terms
surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife and travel companion Martha, his children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins along with his Special Forces buddies
and Air America family. Due to COVID-19, graveside services at DFW National Cemetery will be private
on Monday June 29 th . In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. Here are some of our
favorites:
Wreaths Across America - https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
Gary Sinise Foundation - https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/
Recycled Love Animal Rescue Inc - https://www.recycledloveanimalrescue.org/
Morris Animal Foundation - https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/
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Posted at 10:57am
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time. The Lombardi family

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Douglas Fulfer

Posted at 09:33am
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Andre Bredell

Posted at 02:46pm
I would like to say that what I love most about Mr. Fralia is he had the courage to do the right thing when it was very unpopular. He was sent to Taiwan to replace an ineffective Special forces team. He was given the option to pick his own team members. He chose my Dad, Ronald Bredell. He received considerable push-back from the Commander of Forces in Okinawa and Japan, but he stuck to his guns. He was a principled man. I am not saying he was perfect, but when it came down to doing the "right thing," Nat did just that. We are talking in the early 70s. No doubt this hampered promotions and awards. There is an old say, "In all of the world of give and take, there is not enough people willing to give what it takes. Thanks Mr. Fralia for doing the right thing!!
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Posted at 01:56pm
With love and admiration from Andre and Ronald Bredell. You will be greatly missed!
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Ron Fralia

Posted at 12:39pm
I have so many great memories of my Uncle Nat I'm sure there's not enough space here to tell them. Always enjoyed sitting with him and my Dad during their visits to California and listening to their stories about the 11th Airborne! Also loved his stories about his time in Vietnam, especially when our Sons Steven and Danny were sitting with us listening with their eyes as big as saucers! Was SO glad Aunt Martha and Joanne were able to bring him out here to Phoenix last year for such a wonderful visit. Uncle Nat, I'll always miss watching you remove your index finger and put it back on right in front of my eyes!!

Aunt Martha, Joanne, Caroline, Nat Jr., Rusty, Ethan and the whole family; I realize it's a difficult time right now, but I know when the pain subsides a bit you'll be able to enjoy all your memories of him and will be able to chuckle once again as I have. We all love you very much...
 
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Joanne Fralia Posted at 04:34pm

Thanks Ron.
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