Frank D. Barton

Francis DeSales Barton, Sr., 90, of Zellwood, Florida went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2024.

Frank was born on February 11, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland to Helen Marie and Seth Leroy Barton. After high school, Frank enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Navy Corp between 1952 and 1956. He was an engineer for Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin for over 30 years. He was a devoted family man who dedicated much of his later life in service as the Director of Florida Prison Ministries of the Florida Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Frank was preceded in death by brothers Seth Leroy Barton Jr. and Robert Lloyd Barton and his daughter, Helen Marie Barton and is survived by his wife Maxine Barton of 47 years; daughters Lauraine McDonough (Timothy) and Teresa Meccia (Sam); and stepdaughter Ginger Glynn (Mark); and son, Frank Barton, Jr. (Denise); seven grandchildren and one on the way; and six great grandchildren.

Frank, with his wife, Maxine, served the Lord for more than 35 years as the leader of Florida Conference Prison Ministries, which is committed to training volunteers to reach every inmate and his/her families/friends who would like to have an opportunity to know Jesus Christ and be saved.

Frank often quoted one of his favorite Bible promises, Proverbs 3:5-6,” Trust in the Lord with all of thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Frank’s ministry has brought many lives to Jesus, and his legacy will not be forgotten.

A time of Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and immediately followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. at Forest Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church, 515 Harley Lester Lane, Apopka, FL 32703.

Frank will be buried at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at 5525 U.S. Highway 1, Mims, FL 32754 on Wednesday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to meet at the Highland Funeral Home at 3329 East Semoran Blvd., Apopka, Florida 32703 at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 for the procession to the cemetery.

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