El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

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Frank Jack ALFANO

December 21, 1948September 5, 2019

Dec. 21, 1948-Sept. 5, 2019

Frank J. Alfano, a native San Diegan, died at the age of 70 on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Frank attended Crawford High School where, as a shortstop, he led his team to three consecutive CIF baseball finals. He was drafted by the New York Mets out of high school, but opted for a baseball scholarship at USC where he was the star of USC’s 1970 and 1971 NCAA champion baseball teams. He went on to play for the Minnesota Twins organization in the Midwest and Carolina leagues.

Upon his return to San Diego, he was employed by HomeFed Bank as an Assistant Vice President-Administrative/Purchasing Director. He left the financial industry in 1981 to “fight real fires” with the City of San Diego Fire Department and retired as Fire Captain in mid-2007.

For over twenty-three years, Frank was also a high school sports official in San Diego County, officiating baseball, football and track events. He also umpired NCAA and NAIA college baseball games throughout Southern California. He was inducted into the San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2015.

Frank always made his family and friends a priority and was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed camping, fly fishing, and hiking. His favorite annual road trip was the Moose Lake “Bellinger Bros’ Man Camp” in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana.

Frank is survived by his wife of over 37 years, Jane Cruz Alfano; daughter, Andrea Alfano; son, Jonathan Alfano; brother, Tony Alfano and his wife, Leslie Alfano (Denver, CO)

Rosary: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, The Church of St. Luke, 1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon.

Mass: 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, The Church of St. Luke, 1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon.

Donations in lieu of flowers: • Cancer Awareness & Prevention Program (CAPP) – A program of Firefighter Aid, supported by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), Local 145, San Diego Fireman's Relief Association, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network Go to: Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program (CAPP) • Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Patient and Family Service Fund – UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center/BMT Program; to support bone marrow transplant families for whom participating in the continuum of care is a burden that stretches or exceeds their means, and to improve the patient and family experience. Go to: https://espi.ucsd.edu/make-a-gift?id=bd37c9d4-c9c0-4157-b58f-80b8339e45a5

Arrangements: El Cajon Mortuary.


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Frank Jack ALFANO

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Nicholas Strozza

September 12, 2019

Frank was my cousin and I have many fond memories of years ago hanging out with him. He was a superstar athlete and, yet just a regular guy, and on both levels, I looked up to him. Years later, I was inspired to see what a great father he was to Andrea and Jonathan. The kids used to call him papa. I associated the loving connection Frank had with his children with “papa” and that’s what my kids called me in their younger years. Frank was a wonderful person and our family was blessed that he was a part of it. Our sympathies go out to Janie, Andrea, and Jonathan. Frank will remain in all our hearts. Rest In Peace.

Earl Altshule

September 10, 2019

"Tiger" something Frank always called me and I'm sure many others. Quite sure it was something players called each other at USC. I called him Tiger too.

Frank has always been a good friend and someone I respected for how he lead his life. Family, friends and baseball meant so much to him. He was so humble about all of his successes.

I had the privilege of playing over 140 baseball games with him in high school and about 10 against him in college.

Rest if peace my friend.