Frank Romero, 67, passed away on February 11, 2021 in the comfort of his home with his wife and children by his side in Dos Palos, Ca. Frank was born on March 20, 1953 in Fresno, Ca to Frank (Kiko) and Jennie Romero. Frank first laid eyes on his wife, Debbie, at the Cantaloupe Festival in Firebaugh, Ca. On March 27, 1971 Frank and Debbie ran away together to start their journey. On October 1, 1971 they were legally married for 50 wonderful years. Every year they celebrated both “wedding” dates. He loved his wife with all his heart and together they raised a family and built an amazing life full of love and devotion. Family was extremely important to Frank and he and Debbie created many family traditions that will now be carried on through Debbie and their children.
Frank spent much of his life in Dos Palos, Ca where he graduated in 1971. His first job was through ROP in high school working for Coleman’s Supply. He was later hired on as a full-time employee and worked there for several years. In August 1974 he became a Volunteer Fireman for the Dos Palos Fire department and then later the Fire Chief. In 1989, Frank and his crew were instrumental in bringing Fire Engine 364 that was purchased by the City of Dos Palos from Missouri to Dos Palos. Throughout his years in the fire department, he touched many lives in such a positive way. He made friends with just about everyone he was around. The Fire department is where he met some of his lifelong friends. Most remember Frank for always taking care of them, from getting each fireman a personalized jacket, throwing BBQs at the Fire House, or even helping to remodel it. He always looked forward to the parties, dinners, and dances they would have. He loved every minute of the fire department. Soon after, Frank went to work for Curry Brothers delivering fuel to local farmers for 14 years and then ended his career at Windecker Inc. as a gas distributor, where he worked for 31 years. 25 of those years were alongside his son Jimmy. Windecker’s was his home away from home. Cookie, John and all the workers knew Frank just as well as his family did. Frank loved playing poker, going fishing, and camping. More than anything he enjoyed sitting by the fire telling his favorite stories. He had a passion for hunting and every year he would look forward to going bow and rifle hunting. His stories will forever be remembered and repeated and will live on in his family and friends for a lifetime. Frank will never be forgotten. It’s not a good-bye, it’s a see you later.
Frank leaves behind his wife, Debbie Romero; 3 son’s Frankie Romero, Jimmy Romero, Marcus Romero; 1 daughter Jennie Powers; 12 grandchildren Alexandria, Nicholas, Ivory-Jack, Trajan, Michael, Cierra, Tyree, Paige, Ruiz, Mekiayla, Tyler and Davianna. Daughter-in-law’s Sherry Romero and Wendy Romero, Son-in-law Rodney Powers. God-son Cody Bratcher, God-daughter’s Crystal Guerrero and Yvonne Garza. Brothers Robert Romero, Porfirio Romero and Tommy Romero; Sisters Adela Ramirez and Rosie Caballero and numerous Nieces and Nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jennie Romero and his sister Elidia Esquivel.
Graveside services will be held on Friday March 5, 2021 at the Dos Palos District Cemetery at 10:00am. A Celebration of life will be held at the Del Hale Hall following the services. Social Distancing and masks are required per COVID-19 guidelines.
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