Francis “Frank” Teal Fair, 89, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his home. Frank was born in Seattle, WA, on July 31, 1930 to Francis and Ruth (Cecil) Fair. He married Ardeth “Jackie” Perkins in 1955 at the old St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. He and Jackie were inseparable and one of the most loving couples God has joined together.

Frank was a graduate of Jefferson High School in Portland, OR. He served in the Korean War as a Corporal and was honorably discharged in 1953. He earned his Bachelor of Science in 1960 from Lewis and Clark College in Lake Oswego, OR, where he was recognized in their Athletic Hall of Fame. Frank obtained a Master of Science in 1970 from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR and was a charter member of Sigma Pi Phi, the first Greek-lettered fraternity founded by professional African American men.

Frank was a significant contributor to the growth and development of our youth for many years. He was not only a Court Counselor of the Multnomah County Juvenile Court in Portland, OR, but also a Work Experience Advisor at North High School in Des Moines School District.

Frank is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jackie; children, Karen Fair and Scott Fair; grandson, Jace Matthew; sister, Carrolle (Courtney) Devonish; and many treasured family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Fair and Ruth Fair; and brother, Charles E. (Thelma) Fair.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Des Moines, IA. If you cannot attend in person, please join via livestream. Please click on the link below this obituary to join.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1201 Day Street, Des Moines, IA 50314. Condolences at

Service Details

Saturday, August 1, 2020
10:30 am
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
1201 Day Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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