Frank S. Sawyer

January 30, 1952 ‒ April 06, 2015

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: A good leader takes people where they would never go on their own. Former State Representative Frank Sawyer served as the voice of the people.  Loved by both Republicans and Democrats alike, his strong work ethic and approachability paved the way for a successful and respected occupancy as Ohio State Representative.

Frank S. Sawyer, 63, of Butler passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following an extended illness.

The son of Robert and Phyllis (Tulio) Sawyer, Frank was born January 30, 1952 in Mansfield.  After graduating from Malabar High School, Frank attended The Ohio State University where he graduated earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

For 13 years, Frank owned and operated Doc Sawyer’s Marina at Charles Mill Lake.  From 1980-1983 he served as Mansfield City Council President where he was known as someone who could “get things done.”

Frank’s legacy will be that of successful and endearing Ohio State Representative.  Serving from 1983 until his unscheduled retirement in 1998, a voice for the Mansfield area, Frank made a difference and his impact was felt in the surrounding communities.  Suffering a brain hemorrhage that halted his political career, Frank never gave up on life.  Remaining active in the community, Frank still took care of Mansfield when he was at the statehouse.

Frank enjoyed golfing at local courses and boating at Charles Mill Lake.  He loved music and could sing the words to every golden oldies song.  Amazingly he still kept a musical beat to his favorite songs even after his brain hemorrhage.

Frank is survived by his wife and college sweetheart, Karen (Warthen) Sawyer with whom celebrated over 30 years of marriage.  He is also survived by his brother Dr. Tom (Susie) Sawyer of Ashland; sister-in-law Melinda Sawyer of Florida, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bruce (Barb) Warthen of Newark; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Robert Sawyer and sisters Virginia Burkitt-Sawyer and Barbara Sawyer.

A memorial gathering, celebrating the life of Frank S. Sawyer will be Friday, April 10, 2015 from 3-7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  Immediately following the memorial gathering, family and friends are invited to join the Sawyer family for a celebration of life held at Tom and Susie Sawyer’s house.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Karen; I am so sorry… thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Ginnie Baker

  • So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed you both when you came in the Duke station in Butler when I worked there. For a politician Frank was just like another good ole boy to us. I knew when he came in with his Dumbo (elephants) on he was probably headed for Columbus. We not only lost a good politician when he got sick but also a good person. I will be praying for you. May you have good health and peace and wonderful memories. God bless you and yours Marion (Abie) and Cheryl Oyster

  • To All of Frank’s Family,
    There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and you are in my prayers.
    Susan Neutzling

  • Every time I saw Frank, he had a warm smile on his face. He was unfailingly kind and helpful. He was a good guy at heart – and there aren’t too many people I can say that about. Please accept my condolences.

  • Dear Sweet Lady, Those of us who have lost a loved one feel your pain, May the good memories give you the strength you need at this time. He will be missed but his smile will never be forgotten. Love and prayers D’

  • Dear Karen, Tom, & Susie. I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Heaven just gained another angel. May God’s comfort and peace surround you during this difficult time. Frank was a good man and fun to be around. We enjoyed him and respected him immensely. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the months to come.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Frankie. I loved him so much!

    My condolences to Karen, his wife.

    Tom, I love you and I am thinking about you and am so sorry for your loss.

    Cousin Mary Ann

  • I’m saddened by the loss of Frank, and no words can adequately express my feelings. Please know Karen, that you and Frank are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Karen, and family. I got the privliadge of knowing Frank for many years, he was in my wedding, he was almost family. He was one of a kind, I’ll never hear Mustang Sally without thinking of him, he loved the oldies and knew every word even after his brain himriage. He was always full of jokes and knowledge, I’ll never forget him, he was a GREAT man.

  • Karen,
    So many memories with Frank…and you. I am so sorry. Of the four of us that went to Orange Lake in Florida for so many years golfing at this very time, I am now the only one left. I am in Sedona Az. with two of our grandsons this week and am not returning until Saturday. So sorry to not be able to attend the ceremony Friday. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was truly one of a kind.

  • Karen I am so sorry to hear of this. I remember both you and Frank as vividly now, as if I saw you yesterday, and it’s been many years. State reps like Frank, and their spouses, don’t come along very often. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been a part of that time. He was such a talented and good guy. My thoughts are with you. Bob Fletcher

  • Dear Karen, Tom & Susie:

    We have wonderful memories of Frank and will miss him very much. He was always there with a smile and genuinely cared about his friends, family and constituents. He was truly one-of-a-kind. We are thinking of you all during this time.

    Tom & Laurie

  • Dear Karen; please know that you and Frank are in my thoughts and prayers. Frank was a fantastic person and left a positive trail everywhere he walked.
    Doug Clawson

  • I am so sorry about Frank. He was such a good friend to me. So sorry for your loss. Jackie Carbetta

  • Dear Karen,Tom,Susie and family. So very sorry to learn of Franks passing. He was one of a kind and there will never be another State Rep that can do what he did. Praying that God is with you at this sad time Rod and Lydia

  • I’m so sorry to learn this sad news. Frank was definitely a light in this world. My condolences to Karen and all of Frank’s family.

  • Karen, Tom and family … our sincere condolences on your loss of such a wonderful person .. he touched so many lives just as the rest of his family has. Am proud to have known your family and may you all be blessed to remember the good times and love that comes with family. Chuck and LeeAnn

  • Karen & Family,

    Thinking of you at the news of Frank’s death. I got to know Frank through the NCOBDC group a few years after we moved to the area. He was a man of great passion and zest for life. Sorry we can’t make it on Friday as we will be out of town. Peace be with you.

  • Karen,
    So sorry for the loss of your beloved. May God hold you and bring you comfort through this time.

  • Dear Karen,
    It has been a number of years, due to distance, but please know we reflect on the many good times at Sprint, a bit of campaigning we did, and the happy times we enjoyed.
    Frank was the epitome of what a politician should be and unfortunately they must have lost the mold when he left office.
    We are in Fl and unable to make the service but we’ll look forward to our own celebration of his life in the near future when we return north..
    Bob & Ruth Sofranko

  • Karen, ,Tom & Susie & Family, our thoughts are with you as we mourn the loss of Frank with you. He was a great person to know and we had some great times together. Love to all. Charlie & Jeanette young & family

  • I was saddened to learn of Frank’s death. Heartfelt condolences to all family members. I had the pleasure of being one of Frank’s teachers, when he attended Johnny Appleseed. He was ornery, friendly, humorous, and so very likeable. I was always proud of Frank’s political career, especially in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was a voice and force for good and fair legislation, and admired by all members. Do hope the many smiles and special moments of his life with all of you, will remain a strong part of your reality.

  • My buddy. Frank was truly a man of the people and lived to serve others. He was also very funny…and it’s his smile, quick laugh, and wit I will remember. Peace to you, my friend…we’ll share a cold one together down the road a bit.

  • Karen and family:

    Frank was “da Man” long before that term ever evolved. R.I.P. fellow Bletz Bomber.

  • Karen and family, we were very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to you all. Frank was a one of kind man, politician, and friend. He will truly be missed by many.

  • Our condolences and prayers are with you all, in the passing of Frank.
    We are a couple of people that he took time to help.

  • Dear Kare, Tom and Susie,
    I am so sorry for your loss, as well as, ours.. Frank was such a charismatic and intelligent man. It seemed as if the whole room became a little bit warmer and lighter when he was in it. May your love of him and your memories sustain you in the time to come.

  • Karen, Tom, & Susie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was such a great person and an amazing politician!

  • Karen so sorry for your loss!
    Recalling memories of our OSU days at Char Bar and Frank singing along with American Pie as we all skipped class and stayed until closing. Our Spring 1973 trip to Florida with Seymour, Frank, u and me with the camper in tow behind the Dodge Swinger and $200 between us! So cool when Frank would put his hands on Tom’s X-Ray machine. Also more recently our annualChristmas dinners. See u Friday.
    Micky Z

  • Dear Karen:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of you and Frank.
    Frank left a lasting impression on me as a legislator and a friend.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lots of Hugs,

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Frank, I knew him while employed as Director and Deputy Director at the Knox County Board of Elections, many blessings and prayers. Vonda

  • Karen, my prayers are with you. Frank was a great guy and I have many fond memories because of him. I’m sure there is a lively Boo Ray game going on in heaven right now.


  • Karen,
    I have thought about you and Frank often since I left Mansfield. I will miss his constant smile and his love for ‘name that tune’. He was the life of Cardiac Rehab at Mid Ohio Heart !!! RIP Frankie.

  • Dear Karen and Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. You were such a great couple, and you took such good care of Frank. Frank was a truly great man. I will always remember our “younger” days when we all were in politics together, and so idealistic and excited to “change the world”. What fun we had together! Fun followed Frank, and hard work! Clambakes for the Dems., the Marina, beers at Rocky’s, the laughter behind the scenes, and a fund raiser of Frank’s, that I brought my Ricky to- right before he died, where Rick danced with you all.
    Frank formed change, and guided us all, with an ability way beyond his years. He was a kind friend to me, and I’ve never forgotten him helping carry my son, Rick’s casket to it’s final resting place…a true friend.
    Frank got allot done when he was on Mansfield City Council! Our Council did allot of good things. Paid off the City Building, revitalized the downtown, built a new Hotel downtown, and so many more things, and Frank and I so enjoyed starting the “Neighborhood Meetings” all over the city! Frank’s heart was so full of caring for others, and making Life better for others. May it help to know Frank, you, and your family are all in my prayers. God Bless Frank, he fought the good fight. I may not be able to get to Mansfield, due to my health, and rarely come home to Mansfield in the last few years. God Bless You all. Peace be with you all. Most Sincerely, Kathy Baron

  • Karen, Tom and Susie,

    My heart and prayers go out to you all at this time. I have lots of great memories with Frank and you know some of them Karen. We spent our time in Spanish class with Mr Millard at Appleseed and for m Frank became “Paco” and I called him that whenever I saw him. We would get together for BB gun fights at the marina during the winter using m80s and cherry bombs. Even then in college he and McConnell put me up when I hitchhiked to Columbus for some idiotic reason. He was always there and as we “grew up” he was an advisor in the sea of politics that he grasped oh, so well! I admired and trusted Frank in every aspect when a councilman and a state rep. He was also a great help as I put together the purchase of a 5 color press at Mansfield Printing and he guided me through the tax credit process in putting more people to work at the time, He was a great man and will be greatly missed. Having been gone from the area for quite a while, I am remiss in not saying, I wish I would have one more sit down with Frank Sawyer. He was a gem, not many like him.

  • Karen….I am so sorry to hear about Frank. I just heard and wanted to extend my sympathies. Like so many of the posts with remembering so many good times but I was truly honored to be able to work with him in the statehouse for so many years. He was not just a good legislator but a good man with a good heart and it showed in everything he did! There are not many that have served in the legislature that made the mark and earned the respect that he did! All of you are in my prayers.