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1989 Jeffrey 2023

Jeffrey David Frenz

August 12, 1989 — June 4, 2023

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jeffrey was the first child, and only son of Timothy and Colleen Frenz; and brother of Kimberly Mills.  

Jeffrey was a beautiful person. He knew disappointment, suffering, and struggle. He knew joy and love from his childhood friends, gaming buddies, comrades in uniform and family. Jeff was full of insight, gentleness and deep loving concern.

At an early age, Jeff was fascinated with science, computers and technology. His first job, at 17 years old, was to provide customer support to a video game developer. He was a beta tester for games, such as World of Warcraft and Diablo, before they were released to the public. Gaming remained a life-long passion. 

Jeff graduated from Rio Rancho High School in 2007. He attended Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) but, he was not inspired in the class room. Jeff  joined the United States Air Force in 2009.  The majority of his military service was with PMEL (Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory) in the 57th Maintenance Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He was proficient with mechanical, electrical and optical calibrations meeting and exceeding all military requirements. Jeff achieved the rank of SSGT and received The Air Force Achievement Medal by meritorious service 2009-2012. Jeff was honorably discharged in 2014 with a list of notable medals and awards, the AF Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, the AF Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal…

As a disabled veteran, transitioning to civilian life was a challenge. Unable to work, Jeff was committed to improving himself and managing his pain. Jeff was a spiritual man and he was always trying to be a better person. He took measure, gave it great thought, researched, assessed  and implemented change. He applied this approach to himself and any project he was working on. Managing his pain, was overwhelming and exhausting. We believe he did everything he could, for us, until he couldn’t.   Jeffrey left this life in a selfless act. He deserves peace, and is worthy of mercy and compassion. He will live on in our hearts-as he will always be loved; in our minds-because he will never be forgotten; and in our actions-because we are his legacy.

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was.”

Jeffrey is preceded in death by his grandfather, William E. Frenz II of Illinois; his uncle, Jay Frenz of Illinois; and his cousin, William E. (Billy) Knop of Illinois.

Jeffrey is survived by his loving parents, Timothy & Colleen Frenz of Arizona; his sister, Kimberly & Gary Mills of New Mexico; his nephews & nieces, Christopher, Kohen, Paige Caputo & Aspen Mills of New Mexico; his grandmother, Jeanne Frenz of Illinois; his grandparents, John & Wilma Kafora of Arizona; his aunts and uncles Amy Frenz & Nancy Steffy of Colorado, Dawn Nance & Drew Owens of New Mexico, Julie & Charles Close of New Jersey, Jonathan & Megan Frenz of Ohio, David & Roberta Kafora of Arizona, and William E. Frenz III of Illinois; his cousins, Lisa Anderson of Michigan, Stephany Nance-Johnston of New Mexico, Amanda Renshaw of New Mexico, Matthew Kafora of Arizona, Alyssa Kafora of Nevada, Jack Frenz of Ohio, Abbey Frenz of Vermont, and Allison Close of New Jersey; as well as his friends, Scott & Acacia Sanchez and family of New Mexico, Eric & Tanya Kniffen and family of Texas, Michele Reshetnik & Sam Regimbal of Texas, Samma LaMontagne of Texas, Tyler Tremblay of Canada, and Ryan Jacques of New Mexico.

Military Honors Ceremony will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, on August 11, 2023 at 11am. 501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

The joy Jeff brought to us and the grief felt by his absence is shared by our family, his friends, and our community of friends.  We are truly touched by your desire to pay Tribute to Jeff. 

Visit the link or scan the QR code below to access the memorial fund created in honor of Jeff.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Military Honors Ceremony

Friday, August 11, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Santa Fe National Cemetery

501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

For anyone attending the Military Honors Ceremony please arrive at Santa Fe National Cemetery by 10:45am in the left hand lane at the 'Stop' sign.

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