Frank Ortiz Cercos, born in Holden, W. Va., of Spanish immigrant parents, raised in San Francisco, Calif., passed away Oct. 27, 2010, surrounded in love by his wife Pat and his four outstanding children.
Frank attended Commerce High School in San Francisco. He graduated in 1941.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1943, where he served with the 717th Tank Battalion in Europe during World War II.
There, he participated in campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe.
He returned to San Francisco after the war and became a member of the San Francisco Fire Department in 1947, retiring as a Captain after 30 years of service.
Frank received numerous awards for outstanding service and heroism throughout the years with the fire department. He was selected as San Francisco Fireman of the Year in 1968.
He was an admiring and enthusiastic father to his four children.
He refereed CYO basketball expanding that ability as a member of the No CA Basketball Officials Association, to the Pac 8 and NCAA Regionals.
Frank was a proud member of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation," living his life after returning from World War II, with the common values of duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and above all, responsibility for oneself.
He will be missed greatly by all those whose lives he has touched.
He was preceded in death by his father, Augustine Ortiz, his mother, Maria Abascal Cercos, and his step-father Francisco Cercos.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia DeCoursey Cercos, formerly of Clay County, and his children, Frank (Anna) Cercos, John (Michele Zipse) Cercos, Mary Elizabeth-Libby (Dean) Duryea, and Ted (Jane) Cercos. Also eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass with family and friends took place in San Francisco earlier this week.
Visitation will be 9-10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at Moore Funeral Home. Burial services will follow at 11 a.m., at Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.
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