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FRANK C. SEXTON

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SEXTON, FRANK C. Sept. 20, 1921 to August 24, 2011 Frank C. Sexton was born on September 20, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank E and Marie (Carroll) Sexton. He was the oldest of four children (Frank, Virginia, Robert and Ann). He passed away peacefully on August 24, 2011 surrounded by family members. He will be sorely missed. Frank graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1939. He attended John Carroll University. When the war broke out he joined the Army Air Corps in January 1942. He was a gunner on a B17 that was shot down on April 11th, 1944. He spent the next 13 months as a POW in Stalag XVIIB and was liberated by General Patton's 3rd Army. In June 1947 Frank married Margaret Devney and they had three children: Mike in 1948, Terry in 1951 and Peggy in 1952. After the war Frank went back to school, graduating from John Carroll University in 1947 and then attended Cleveland Marshall Law School at night and graduated in 1951. The family moved briefly to Phoenix in 1958 and then to San Diego in 1959, where he used to say he woke up every day feeling like he was on vacation. Frank joined the District Attorney's office in 1962, first as an investigator and then as a Deputy District Attorney in 1966. He retired in 1983. Throughout this time he was also a part time flight instructor. After the death of his first wife, Margaret, in 1980, Frank married Phyllis O'Reilly in 1984. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and has been a member of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick since the early 60's. His two sons and his grandson are also longtime members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He was the FSOSP "Irishman of the Year" in 2009 and was the "Distinguished Veteran & P.O.W." at the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Frank was the former President of the St. Thomas More Society for Catholic lawyers. He was a member of VFW Post #3788 and served in their Color Guard. He was also a member of American Legion Post #460, the Aerial Gunner's Assoc., the Eight Air Force Assoc and the Ex POW Organization. Frank is survived by his wife Phyllis, son Mike (Carolyn Bode), son Terry (Susie), daughter Peggy and grandchildren Colin and Ashley. Stepdaughters, Donna Maltman and Debbie Rigler (Steve) and step-grandson Michael Molina, all of San Diego. sister, Ann Dowdell of Cleveland and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing on Monday, August 28th, at Clairemont Mortuary, 4266 Mt. Abernathy Ave., San Diego, CA 92117 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine Laboure, 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111. The burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA 92102. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu on flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to San Diego Hospice.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 28, 2011
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