Francis was born while his family resided in Wapella and was baptized at St. Patrick’s there. The family relocated to upstate New York where he attended Catholic schools as a grade school student and later graduated from Rome Catholic High.
His family were parishioners of St. John’s from ‘72-’78 at which time he attended CCD at St. John’s School, served as altar boy and was a member of the Children’s Choir.
Francis and his wife Kathy Tomes were married at St. John’s in 1982 and have 2 adult sons, Kevin (Kristin) & Timothy (Krista.)
As an adult, Francis has counted collections, served two separate terms on Parish Council, acting as secretary for one term, served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector and has been a Parish Trustee since 2010.
Francis is a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as
Advocate, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Trustee, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight
He is also a member of the Catholic Men’s Group.
Francis owns Big D, a retail liquor store, which opened in 1985. His wife Kathy is a vice-president at DeWitt Savings Bank.
Francis secular affiliations include:
Member, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 1988-Present
Director, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 1998-2001
Secretary, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 2001
Board Member, Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation, 2001-2006
Treasurer, 2002-> 2006
Cub Scout Pack Committee, 1991-2001,
Served as Cubmaster, 2 years, Treasurer, 6 years.
Clinton Zoning Board of appeals, 2001- present
Member DeWitt Co. Museum Association 1998-present
Member Weldon Springs Foundation 2000-present
YMCA long-range planning committee member 2003-2005
Member Clinton Eagles
Member Clinton Country Club
Member Clinton Elks
Member DeWitt County Sportsman’s Club
Member Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt Co. since 2008
Member Illinois Lottery Retailer Advisory Board (Springfield) 2011-12
Lifetime Member NRA