Franklin Springer

87, developed Mountain View Ranch

Franklin Earl Springer died Sept. 13 after several years of congestive heart failure. 

He was born April 18, 1934, in Hereford, Texas to Jesse Earl Springer and Lillian Marie Fulkerson. 

After the death of Lillian, Jesse later married Esther Marie Nafzger.

Franklin graduated from West Texas University in 1956, where he met and married Marcena Reisdorph. After moving to Amarillo, he worked as a jet mechanic instructor at Amarillo Air Force Base, and later became manager of Attebury Grain Elevator.

In 1964, he moved his family to Buena Vista, and managed Lost Creek Ranch, until he purchased his dream, Mountain View Ranch in 1972.

His vision led to the development of a subdivision where he designed and built homes for lot owner, and eventually led to the development of sprinkler systems and hydroelectric plants.

After divorcing in 1998, Franklin continued improving the ranch into the beautiful place it is today. He remained a longtime valued and respected resident of Buena Vista for 53 years.

Shortly after the sale of the ranch in 2017, he met his future wife, Sylvia McCullough, the love of his life, and settled in Colorado Springs for his final four years.

They married Oct. 7, 2020. By then Franklin had already become an important member of Sylvia’s family. He will always be loved and missed by the many whose lives and hearts he touched in special ways.

After surviving years of congestive heart failure, his weakened heart succumbed. Franklin’s strong faith in the Lord brought him peace as he took his last Earthly breath and his first Heavenly breath to begin his eternal life with our Savior Jesus Christ, where we shall one day be reunited.

Franklin is preceeded in death by his sister Gwyn Wallace.

He is survived by his sisters Leta Swatzell of Jacksonville, Fla., Susanna Barbian of Lenoir City, Tenn., and Twyla Skov of Sun City, Ariz.; his three children Michelle Madd of Colorado Springs, Doug Springer of Boise, Idaho and David Springer of Fort Worth, Texas and David’s three daughters, Michelle Long of Dallas, Texas, Danielle Springer of Fayetteville, Ark., and Julianna Springer of Sumner, Texas.

Franklin is also survived by his beloved and adoring wife, Sylvia of Colorado Springs along with her family, Cindy and Jim Carson of Colorado Springs and Cindy’s children, Nick Markowski of Midlothian, Texas, Alex Markowski of Holly Ridge, N.C., and Talia Markowski of Dallas.

Franklin’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at Woodmen Valley Stone Chapel, 280 E. Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Livestream at

Monetary donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.