Former Frisco mayor Etie dies Dec. 7 |

Former Frisco mayor Etie dies Dec. 7

Former Frisco Mayor Melvin L. "Tex" Etie

Former Frisco Mayor Melvin L. “Tex” Etie passed away Monday in Mesquite, Nev., after a bout with pneumonia. He was born in 1922.

“He was a great neighbor, very helpful,” said Molly McCann, a former neighbor and longtime Frisco resident. “He was concerned about the town, very interested in how it was going. He’ll be missed.”

Tex served in the Merchant Marines before enlisting in the Navy during WWII, where he experienced combat in the Pacific including a kamikaze hit. He was a skilled masonry contractor, owned several restaurants and served as mayor of Frisco from 1994 through 2000.

Don Peterson, a long-time local and former Frisco official, said he remembers Tex driving around Summit County in a pink Cadillac. Tex also enjoyed playing golf, liar’s poker (a card game similar to Go Fish), and he liked to eat carrots.

McCann said Tex enjoyed practicing his golf game on the Frisco Elementary School soccer field.

His wife, Liz, and children Carol and Mark would enjoy exchanging any funny stories about him. Tex leaves five children: John, Carol Wallingford, Patrick, Jeanne and Mark and nine grandchildren. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in their “Memorial Guestbook” at

Daily reporter Caitlin Row contributed to this article.

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