Frank Henry Sayle


Frank Henry Sayle, 67, of Sealy, TX died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in a one-vehicle accident near Grangeville, Idaho.

Frank is survived by his wife, Carla, of Sealy, TX, daughter Amanda and her husband Brad Kelly of McKinney, TX, granddaughter Parker Kelly, and sister, Bobbie Sayle of Thornville, OH. He also leaves behind his rescue horse Buck Henry. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Vi Sayle, and his brother David Sayle.

Frank was born Sept. 16, 1949 in Akron, OH. He attended Kenmore High school where he was on the swim team, track team, and cross-country team. He attended Akron University before enlisting in the Navy. Frank is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

After his discharge from the Navy, Frank attended the Commercial Dive Center in California. Frank and Carla married in May of 1974. His diving experience led him to a long career in the offshore oilfield in Morgan City, Louisiana where he worked for Oceaneering and then as a private contractor. In 2001, Frank and Carla moved to Sealy, TX, to continue his career in the offshore oilfield with SonSub group, Phoenix, and finally with DOF Subsea. Frank retired in May 2016 after 42 years in the diving industry.

Frank served as Lay Leader for the First United Methodist Church of Sealy for many years. He also had a passion for exploring the new and adventurous. Many will remember him as an accomplished hunter and marksman and that he could fix or build just about anything. He earned his private pilot’s license, took up soaring, and became an excellent horseman when he rescued his horse, Buck Henry. He loved bringing his granddaughter, Parker, to visit Buck and ride. He was happiest in the mountains, in the air, and at the stables.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the First United Methodist Church of Sealy, 200 Atchison Street, Sealy, TX, 77574. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations in Frank’s memory:

The Navy SEAL Foundation ( or The Burttschell Rescue Ranch for rescue horses (7157 Hillboldt Rd. Sealy, TX 77474), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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