Date of Birth: July 24, 1973
Date of Death: June 11, 2021
Kristin Lynn Franklin of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family on June 11, 2021. Kris was born in Phoenix on July 24, 1973 to Jeff and Sharon Franklin. Jeff and Sharon moved the Franklin family (Kris, sister Lee and brother J) from Phoenix to Winslow, Arizona in 1978 where Kris spent an adventurous childhood. Born with a love for horses, Kris was over the moon when she was able to become an official “horse girl” with her first horse, Lady and then Daisy. Kris loved riding her horses across the open, high-desert surrounding Winslow…making lifelong friends, going to school, having sleepovers and getting up to lots of fun and mischief with those friends…feeding her love for books and reading…and especially discovering her life’s passion as a teacher from almost the first day of first grade. Before moving back to Phoenix in 1986, the family also enjoyed many weekends and summers in their cabin in Strawberry, Arizona, swimming in Fossil Creek and exploring the woods all over Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. Summers and holidays in Strawberry and with her mom’s family in Sandpoint, Idaho created memories Kris fondly recalled throughout her life. Kris’ lifelong love of horses grew and flourished in her high school and college years. Her beloved “heart’s horse” Romeo carried her through years of 4-H horse shows, gymkhanas and rodeo events. More lifelong friends were made and after graduating from high school, Kris focused on achieving her bachelor’s degree, and then her master’s degree in early education so that she could become the professional teacher she was born to be. Kris worked her way through college with Turf Paradise and through this job she became close friends as a co-worker of Pam. Through this friendship, Kris met the love of her life, Pam’s son Greg Sacco. Kris realized her life’s dream when she said yes to her job as a third-grade teacher at Grayhawk Elementary in the fall of 1998, where she taught “her kids” for the next 23 years. Kris and Greg were engaged in New York City over Christmas in 2000, married on June 22, 2002 and launched a shared life of a special devotion to each other. Throughout their years together they made many treasured friends they considered family, nurtured their great love of animals, traveled often, served their communities as a Deputy with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (Greg) and as an educator for her beloved third graders (Kris). What was always front and center for Kris and Greg was their fierce love: for family, the welcoming home and life they built, and especially for each other. Kris inspired many with her wit, creativity, humor, love of swear words, patience, ability to understand and articulate a world of knowledge, grace and quiet courage. Kris will be greatly missed by many for her laugh, calm presence, steadfast support, and ability to come up with just the right answer for almost any situation. Kris is preceded in death by her mother Sharon Franklin, mother-in-law Pam Ueckerman and both sets of grandparents. Kris is survived by her husband Greg Sacco, father Jeff Franklin (Linda), sister Lee Franklin, brother Jeff Franklin, sister-in-law Shelley Franklin, niece MacKenzie Franklin, father-in-law Paul Sacco (Diana), brother-in-law Paul Sacco, sister-in-law Laura Sacco, uncle John O’Donnell, aunt Karen O’Donnell, aunt Sally Horyna, uncle Dale Horyna, uncle Kelly O’Donnell, aunt Laurie O’Donnell, aunt Barbara Rhodes, uncle Rick Rhodes, numerous cousins and many close friends whom Kris considered “chosen” family members.
Kris’ family, especially her beloved Greg, would like to thank so many people for their tremendous outpouring of love and support for Kris and for us. A Celebration of Life service is being planned with details to be announced shortly.
Kris asked that she be honored through donations to either Old Friends (a sanctuary/farm for retired racehorses in Kentucky) - https://www.oldfriendsequine.org/ or Hospice of the Valley - https://www.hov.org/