Frank R. Urrutia|
Resident of Watsonville
Frank R. Urrutia, U. S. Marine Corps Retired, passed away on January 29 at the age of 74, at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz with his family by his side. He was born November 1, 1939 in Corpus Christi, Texas and had been a resident of Watsonville along with his wife Virginia since 1994.
Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard of Texas in 1957 and when that ended, he then proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Cold War and during the Vietnam War where he participated in major Marine engagements of that conflict. After returning from Vietnam, Frank served as a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego from 1966 to 1968. Among his military distinctions is the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon with 2 stars, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 2 stars, and Drill Instructor Ribbon.
After the Marine Corps, Frank became a correctional officer for the State of California where he later retired as a Correctional Sergeant from the California Department of Corrections. Frank was an amazing individual and will be dearly missed by the many friends whose lives he touched over the years.
Those who knew Frank know that his devotion to his family as a husband, father and grandfather was always foremost. We extend our deepest condolences to his entire family: wife Virginia; daughters: Yvonne Doyle (Kevin), Irene Vargas (Arturo), Yvette Urrutia; step sons: Carlos Carrillo (Marcy Castro), David Carrillo (Monica), Richard Carrillo; 17 grandchildren; sisters in Corpus Christi, TX: Lillie Contreras (Ezequiel), Annie Aguirre, Irma Garza (Dionel).
Funeral Mass was held Monday, February 3, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watsonville. Burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: https://semperfifund.org/donate/ Address: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB609, Oceanside CA 92057.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Feb. 9, 2014