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Mann, Frederic Albert

December 3, 1931 –
 September 3, 2021

Obituary

Fred passed away peacefully of kidney failure on September 3, 2021, (at 89) surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was a native of Phoenix, Arizona and the son of the late Frederic Bertram Mann and the late Margaret Elizabeth Krug. He graduated from North Phoenix High and received a Congressional Appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation with the class of 1953, Fred received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US. Air Force. He attended flight schools in Arizona and Texas and then served with fighter squadrons in California and Germany, flying F-86 and F-100A and C. Fred was proud to have served in the World’s First Supersonic Squadron. He resigned his commission in 1957 and served in the Air Force Reserves until 1966. Meanwhile, he was recruited by Texas Instruments and moved to Dallas, Texas. Fred started in production of semi-conductors and worked many years writing and editing technical manuals. A significant responsibility of his work was representing Texas Instruments on international electronics standards committees. Fred got to travel all over the world in order to attend committee meetings.

Fred found his thrill in life in his forties when he learned to snow ski. This was so impactful that when Fred took early retirement from TI, he and his wife moved to Salida, Colorado. He logged over 300 lifetime days of skiing before moving back to Dallas at the age of 79 to be near family. They enjoyed the active senior lifestyle at Frisco Lakes, a Del Webb Community and then, recently, a more reserved pace at Highland Springs in Dallas. He loved playing games (chess, other board games, cards, dominoes, miniature golf, and croquet) and would show no mercy regardless of the age of the opponent. Fred especially enjoyed teaching games to his children, grandchildren or other young relatives, explaining probabilities, strategies, and being a stickler for the written rules of the game.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years: the former Wanda Marlene Mehring, of Taneytown, Maryland; daughters, Nancy (and her husband Ray Kimbrell) and Lisa (and her husband Daniel Morrison) and six grandchildren (Patrick, Katie, and Nikki Kimbrell, and Emily, Ben, and Olivia Morrison.) Fred is predeceased by daughter Laura.

He will be interred at the Columbarium at the United States Naval Academy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm, Saturday September 25th, 2021. Location: Arts and Entertainment Room at Highland Springs Senior Living, 8000 Frankford Rd., Dallas, TX 75252

Highland Springs front desk:  972 232-8000

 

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

 

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

9 Thoughts on Mann, Frederic Albert
    Lisa Roes Karpos
    11 Sep 2021
    3:30pm

    Sending love to all of you during this time. What a wonderful life your husband and father lived. Sincerely, Lisa Roes Karpos

    Angela Clingman
    11 Sep 2021
    3:41pm

    Fred was and Wanda is some of the kindest and hospitable parents of any of my friends. I will always have a warm spot in my heart for you both. May God give you comfort during this time and know that you both touched many lives.

    Nancy (Mann) Kimbrell
    11 Sep 2021
    5:10pm

    Words cannot express the impact this man had on my life. He molded my thinking and helped create some of my quirks & pet peeves, encouraged game playing, competitiveness, courage, integrity, let me qualify in SCUBA at 12, rigorously policed my grammar (even on the weekends,) supported my attending the Naval Academy and service-selecting the Marine Corps, embraced my boyfriends and fell in love with my husband. He was at his happiest in later years teaching grandkids to play games or to snow ski or hike trails in Colorado. Dad loved reading (history or adventure-thriller) and liked to discuss concepts of time travel. He was huge fan of big-band era music. As an electrical engineer, it was no surprise he had wired our family home so there were speakers in every room. He could toggle a few switches in the control closet and send the tv audio from Star Trek or tunes by Glenn Miller throughout the house.
    I feel extremely lucky to have had Fred Mann as my Dad, my advisor, my supporter, my friend

    Shelley LaMoure
    11 Sep 2021
    5:18pm

    My dad and mom are waiting for you in heaven. Love to the family

    Amy & John Gilchrist
    12 Sep 2021
    1:15pm

    What a wonderful remembrance of a lifr well lived. We hold your family in our prayers.

    Janis Doan
    13 Sep 2021
    10:23am

    I was lucky enough to meet Fred when I was his Guardian for his Honor Flight trip to Washington DC. What a blessing he was to me during this trip. I learned so much from him in just our short 2 days together. I knew from the beginning he was a deep thinker and an incredibly brilliant man. I was honored to meet his sweet family and fell in love with all of them. I will cherish my memories of Fred and our trip together for the length of my life. I was the lucky one……

    Nelsie Petersen
    13 Sep 2021
    10:54am

    We are sorry to lose Fred from our roster of friends at Highland Springs. We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Wanda.

    Sandy Hill
    20 Sep 2021
    10:00am

    It is with a heavy heart that I hear of Fred’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Wanda and the rest of the family.

    Terri
    3 Oct 2021
    10:45am

    I enjoyed meeting Fred on several occasions at his granddaughter’s theatre performances. Always a smile and energetic support of her endeavors.

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