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Milton Franklin Mancebo

Milton Franklin Mancebo Milt passed away after a short illness on December 4th, 2012, shortly after his 93rd birthday. Milt was born in Sausalito on November 24th, 1919 and was a lifelong Marin resident, save his time served in World War II. Milt served 3½years in the United States Army and was deployed in Okinawa, Japan when the war ended. While stationed in Pocatello, Idaho, he met the love of his life, Isabelle Zaccardi. They soon married and lived in Sausalito after the war before moving to Mill Valley, where they eventually raised their two sons, Marty and Chris. After returning from the war, Milt went to work for the old Net Depot in Tiburon. He later worked for the Tamalpais School district for 24 years, retiring in 1982. Milt was a tremendous athlete in his youth, participating in both track and baseball. It was as a pitcher in baseball where he truly excelled. Milt went 20 and 1 while pitching at Tam High, leading them to 3 consecutive Championships, the only loss coming on an error by his shortstop in a game against San Rafael High. Milt's pitching prowess became widely known as he pitched on many teams and in many venues during his career. While still in high school, he played on several semi-professional teams while playing in front of thousands of fans at the old Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Milt was offered a professional baseball contract from the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, Milt suffered a career-ending arm injury prior to accepting the offer. Milt was inducted into the Marin County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Milt's love of baseball continued throughout his entire life, even debating a potential Giant's trade during his last days. Even though Milt worked very hard to provide for his family, he always found time to support his son's endeavors. Milt coached legions of kids in Southern Marin while managing his son's Little League and Babe Ruth teams and no matter how tired or even sick he was after a long day at work, he never refused pleas to play catch, hit grounders or throw batting practice, many times only ending by the darkness of nightfall. His love and devotion to his family was expressed in many ways. His son Chris even recalls him taking vacation days so he could attend the tournaments or games he participated in. In fact, Milt never missed a single game, of the hundreds, Chris played in during his youth. Milt is survived by his son Marty and daughter-in-law Peg, son Chris and daughter-in-law Connie, three granddaughters and six great grandchildren. Milt's kind and generous soul was evident for all to see. Always honest, forthright and humble, his gentle love will continue in our hearts forever. The family plans a celebration of his life in January. Donations in his memory can be made to the Marin Athletic Foundation, PO Box 150930 San Rafael, CA 94915.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 13, 2013
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