The Passing of Retired Superintendent Frank Moates

DeSoto ISD Extends Condolences to the Family of Retired Superintendent Frank Moates
Posted on 11/14/2023
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Mr. Frank Moates, Retired DeSoto ISD Superintendent

(Years of Service 1974 -1990)

DeSoto ISD Mourns the Passing of Retired DeISD Superintendent Mr. Frank Moates

Just after noon on Sunday, November 12, 2023, the passing of retired DeSoto ISD Superintendent Frank Moates was shared online with the simple but profound opening statement, "The world has lost a wonderful man..."


The DeSoto ISD school community knew Mr. Moates as one of its former leaders and one who has left an indelible impact and changed the trajectory of the district during his time at the helm.


Helping to transform the lives of others, serving communities, and making an impact wherever he went in this world proved to be his purpose and one that by the legacy left on this earth was fulfilled.


While we know of many of his works throughout the district, he was also one who loved and served with his family. The news of his passing sent a wave of appreciation and noted his heart for others.


The adored husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11.

DeSoto ISD Remembers Supt. Frank Moates, His Unforgettable Legacy & Impact

Frank Moates was superintendent of DeSoto schools from 1974 to 1990 and is the namesake

for Moates Elementary School. After his retirement, he also served as a consultant with the

Texas Association of School Boards for 15 years, monitored ISD’s on behalf of TEA and worked as interim superintendent for several districts.


When Moates arrived, DeSoto ISD was a small 1A district with growth on the horizon. Over the next 16 years under his guidance, the district built six schools and numerous athletic facilities, developed the Gifted and Talented Program, and launched into the new era of technology.


He was an active member of the Best Southwest Coalition for Education and worked to secure legislation that was beneficial to DeSoto ISD. He is the father of two DeSoto High School graduates and was a member of the community for many years.


Upon full retirement, Moates and his wife Cynthia continued to work in education on their numerous mission trips around the world.


For his work in the district, Mr. Moates was welcomed into the DeSoto Hall of Honor as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in May of 2013.


Additionally, he is the namesake of the Frank D. Moates Elementary campus located at 1500 Heritage Blvd in Glenn Heights led by Principal Angela Robinson.

Let's Keep His Family in Our Thoughts and/or Prayers

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